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Liverpool Investment Guide

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THE ATLANTIC GATEWAY

Liverpool has been one of the strongest property investment markets in the UK for many years. Consistency and reliability is the trend in the city – rather than headline-grabbing ups and downs, investors know that Liverpool is a good long-term bet which will offer stable and steady growth thanks to ideal fundamental conditions.

The city is the heart of the Merseyside region and is known around the world for its culture, sporting prowess, beautiful architecture and position as the UK’s gateway to the Atlantic. Liverpool is a modern, progressive city that is constantly innovating and looking to the future, making it an attractive home for businesses and people.

When it comes to its housing market, Liverpool has many of the conditions which make it perfect for property investors – a growing population, a large base of graduates, strong economic growth and a lack of high quality housing stock in the city centre where it most in demand. The city’s pipeline of new housing is not sufficient to meet this demand in the near future, and so we can expect to see both house prices and rents rise solidly in the coming years.

Economy and Investments

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Liverpool is a region with a strong vision for the future and a leadership which has shown itself capable of getting complex projects done. It’s economic vision for the future – Building Back Better – is one of the most comprehensive in the UK and promises big things.

The city’s economy is currently worth more than £23bn, but there is room for improvement. The plan lays out how £1.4bn of funding could unlock almost £9bn of returns while creating 94,000 permanent jobs and another 28,000 in construction.

It is focussed around four themes – the business ecosystem, people-focused recovery, place, and a green recovery – and includes everything from new office developments to an innovative Mersey Tidal Power project which would be world-leading.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “A strong Liverpool City Region is a massive asset for the whole country. We are an international brand with a social conscience; Liverpool translates across nationalities and cultures. In a post-Covid, post-Brexit world we are ready to play our full part and just need the tools to get on and do the job”.

SECTOR HIGHLIGHTS

Health and Life Sciences

Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading destinations for the health and life sciences sector, worth £1.7bn a year and employing 6,000 people according to Liverpool LEP. The city is home to the highest number of specialised hospitals outside of London – including the world-famous Liverpool School of Tropical medicine – and is a base for hundreds of medical companies.

With specialisations across areas as broad as Infection; Precision Medicine; Children’s Health; Veterinary Science; Independent Living and many more, Liverpool is one of Europe’s leading biomanufacturing clusters. The innovation it drives saves countless lives each year.

The cluster is built around the Knowledge Quarter, a multi-billion-pound agglomeration of some of the best research facilities, laboratories, experts and training to be found anywhere in the world. A further £1bn expansion is underway and will underline the national importance of the Liverpool health and life sciences sector even further upon completion.

Maritime and Logistics

Liverpool has always been a centre of maritime and logistics industries thanks to its position at the mouth of the River Mersey which gives it direct access to Ireland and the Atlantic Ocean beyond that. Modern investments have simply underscored these natural attributes and made the most of them, to the benefit of the city.

More than £1bn has been invested in intermodal ports, and everything that comes into the Port of Liverpool has immediate access to exceptional road and rail links on the doorstep. This highly integrated cluster of modern logistical and infrastructure and expertise makes Liverpool one of Europe’s best-equipped and most successful ports.

Just some of the companies who have chosen Liverpool for their logistics, warehousing and supply chain operations include ACL, Bibby Group, Cammell Laird, Cargill, Orsted, General Motors, Iberdrola, Ineos, Jaguar Land Rover and Maersk. That is an impressive collection of companies comparable to any other major port in the world, and the high quality employment they bring to the city goes a long way to explaining why so many of the most talented graduates and workers choose Liverpool as their home.

MAJOR INVESTMENTS INTO LIVERPOOL

Over the next decade, Liverpool is scheduled to complete more than £15bn worth of investment projects. Many of these number among the most ambitious and transformative in the UK, and the city’s economy is already seeing major benefits from this work across multiple sectors. Here are some examples of the most interesting major investment projects in Liverpool:

Liverpool2

Liverpool2 is a £400m expansion of the UK’s largest transatlantic port and one of its most advanced container terminals. It is capable of accommodating the world’s largest container vessels and future-proofs Liverpool’s ability to compete in the modern world.

Additionally, Liverpool2 has a wider purpose and acts as a gateway to the world for the entire North West region. With this investment, Liverpool not only elevates itself, it becomes a default destination for £1.4bn of trade a year and has generated 34,000 jobs for the city.

Royal Liverpool Hospital and Health Campus

Liverpool’s great strength in biosciences and healthcare makes it a natural place to base an innovative health campus and state-of-the-art hospital. The Campus provides a concentration of research, industry and healthcare provision which will make Liverpool a centre of global excellence in the sector and continue to draw world-leading businesses to the city.

Additionally, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the region and brings students from around the world to Liverpool. This adds another angle to Liverpool’s strength and ensures a pipeline of highly-trained graduates who will generate wealth in Liverpool.

Knowledge Quarter

The Knowledge Quarter brings together the city’s key partners across a range of industries to promote innovation and compete against London and the South East more effectively.

The Quarter does this by providing space for the city’s 54,000 students to innovate and find an environment where they can start new businesses and collaborate more efficiently.

The Knowledge Quarter is already making its mark as a home for the largest cluster of science, health, education, digital and cultural minds in the region, and is therefore an ideal place to start a business and use all the advantages on offer. The Paddington Village expansion site will improve the Knowledge Quarter even further by creating an extra 1.8m sqft of premium commercial space and generating another £1bn for the local economy

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Population Growth

The economic opportunities, world-class infrastructure and several educational and employment clusters that are the envy of the world are contributing to strong population growth estimates for Liverpool and its wider city region.

The latest figures from Liverpool City Council show that the city’s 10-year population growth figure is 1.5% higher than the national average – a huge amount. This will lead to an additional 30,000 people moving to the city by 2030 on top of the existing population which is currently just under 500,000.

Many of these will have attended the city’s universities and been gripped by the unique culture and lifestyle on offer by the River Mersey. The city is not building enough homes to satisfy this growing population, and it is likely that the growth curve Liverpool’s housing market has been on for a decade will continue heading upwards.

Connectivity

Liverpool has an enviable position on the edge of the Irish Sea which makes it the gateway to the UK for anything coming in via the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s connectivity to the rest of the UK and the world is second-to-none and creates a wealth of economic possibility.

The city enjoys efficient road, rail and air links which open it up to global business and international tourism. This connectivity also makes it a centre for tourism and culture, increasing the city’s appeal even further and contributing to a world-class lifestyle that attracts people from the rest of the world to live and play in Liverpool.

The Liverpool City Centre Connectivity programme is underway and aims to re-engineer routes in the city to make the most of its economic potential. This series of works includes a new bus hub, a focus on walking and cycling routes, reconfiguration of several main city centre arteries and a £40m overhaul of Liverpool Lime Street Station.

TRAINS

Lime Street is Liverpool’s main railway station and occupies a prominent city centre location. It is one of the UK’s busiest stations and connects Liverpool to London, Manchester, Birmingham and other leading cities in the UK. It is currently undergoing a £40m revamp which will increase its capacity and deliver even more benefits to Liverpool.

Cllr Sharon Connor, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “For millions of people, Lime Street is the gateway into Liverpool and we want to provide them with a world-class welcome.”

A new public square outside Lime Street station and an expanded plateau at St George’s Hall will transform the experience of arriving in Liverpool and how people interact with arguably the UK’s greatest collection of iconic cultural venues.”

HS2

The HS2 high speed rail line will not be arriving into Liverpool directly, but its proximity to the Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport stops means that it will share the benefits all the same. The network will be accessible from Liverpool Lime Street, putting it within easy reach of the city centre.

The new rail line is the most significant infrastructure development the UK has seen in decades and will boost Liverpool’s appeal to business even more thanks to tighter links with the capital.

LIVERPOOL JOHN LENNON AIRPORT

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the region’s major employers, providing 5,200 jobs and bringing in £340m of economic benefit to the city every year. More than 5m people use the airport every year, and it connects Liverpool to the rest of the Europe.

The Airport has ambitious plans to invest and grow passenger numbers to 7.8m by 2030, and to 11m by 2050. These increases will require a proposed expansion of the terminal building, passenger facilities including hotels, retail, food and drink services and an extension of the runway. It is estimated that these improvements will create approximately 7,000 more jobs and increase the Airport’s annual economic impact to £625m.

Mark Povall, Strategy Director for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said: “Our ambitious plans will help LJLA to maximise its contribution to the regeneration and renaissance of Liverpool as an international city and play a key role in the economic growth of the Liverpool City Region and across the Northern Powerhouse.”

liverpool train station

Education

Liverpool is home to three major universities which serve more than 50,000 students between them. These universities are the anchor institutions of the city and are the key driver of its economy, with their influence extending into every sector – in particular, the health and life sciences sector based around the Knowledge Quarter.

The knowledge economy is highly significant to Liverpool, and the graduates produced in Liverpool are of such high quality that multinational giants invest and reinvest in the city to tap into their potential. Statistics from the University of Liverpool show that more than 36,000 businesses are directly tied into the knowledge economy which grows out of the city’s universities, and it is expected that the economic value of this economy will rise 15% by the end of 2022 following the Coronavirus pandemic easing.

The talent pipeline in the city and wider region is broad, deep and varied, leaving a city region with more than 270,000 people educated to degree level. More than 40% of graduates stay in the region thanks to the excellent employment opportunities, and this means that competition for the best housing remains extremely strong as every year brings a new wave of professional workers into the market.

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

The University of Liverpool is the number one higher education centre in the city and it has an outsized influence over its economy, culture and future prospects. It teaches more than 22,000 students and collaborates with more than 1,300 external organisations which include globally significant businesses and research institutions.

It has invested more than £800m in its teaching and research with the aim of becoming one of the UK’s top 20 universities by 2026. As mentioned previously, a large part of this strategy is the expansion of the Knowledge Quarter and a renewed emphasis on growing the health and life sciences sector which has put Liverpool on the map as an international destination for research, business and the brightest graduates.

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY

Liverpool John Moores is one of the UK’s largest universities and is home to 25,000 students from 100 countries around the world. It is a key part of Liverpool’s cultural landscape and maintains partnerships with the Tate Liverpool, the Everyman Theatre and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra among others.

The university emphasises a hands-on approach to learning, with particular strengths in law, midwifery, art, engineering and science. By collaborating with colleges, hospitals, public services, private companies and universities around the world, John Moores provides a world-class education and contributes hugely to the city of Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVERSITY

Liverpool Hope University has 175 years of teaching history behind it and continues to excel today. The Sunday Times Good University Guide has Liverpool Hope in the UK’s top 20 for teaching quality in the UK and number 2 in the North West. The Complete University Guide goes further and names Liverpool Hope as the number one university in Liverpool for student satisfaction and health sciences – a vital industry in the region.

Its Creative Campus is close to Liverpool city centre and is the home of the School of Creative and Performing Arts subjects. The newly expanded site sees state-of-the-art technology and performance spaces sit alongside inspirational Grade-II listed buildings. Furthermore, the addition of a purpose-built Arts Centre, including fine art studio spaces, a film viewing gallery and exhibition space, has transformed the campus and made it even more attractive.

Why Invest in Liverpool?

Liverpool’s house price growth in the year to June 2021 was 8.9% according to Hometrack – 5% higher than the national cities average over the same time period. With even more growth in house prices and rents expected by 2025 according to JLL and others, this is the right time to buy in Liverpool.

Liverpool is not a city that tends to ever lead the housing market, but its consistency and reliability make it the perfect option for property investors looking for stable, long-term returns.

The conditions which have made Liverpool a great option in the past remain today. The city’s population is projected to grow by a further 30,000 by 2030, and the universities retain 40% of the people who graduate through them. At the same time, the number of new homes built in Liverpool has not been able to keep up.

Despite the Home Builders Federation noting a 68% rise in the number of homes delivered in Liverpool between 2012 and 2019, that still did not scratch the surface of demand in the city. More recently, figures from Zoopla show that the number of available homes in Liverpool has actually decreased by 24% in the last year – meaning that competition for the best homes will remain fierce, and investors can rest assured that positive predictions about future capital appreciation and rental yields can be taken at face value.

liverpool bridge

Why Invest with Opulent?

At Opulent, we manage your property investments and portfolios as if they were our own. This dedication and attention to detail guarantee a personal service with tailored investment advice built to your exacting requirements.

Our team of experienced property investment advisors work tirelessly to identify and present the very best investment opportunities to maximise the return on your investment. Whether it be identifying new property and off-plan developments for future resale or attractive rental properties with regular returns, we have complete confidence and proven expertise in delivering exceptional returns.

A Superior Investment Proposition

There is no shortage of investment advisors in the UK but, sadly, not every one of these will place your needs above their own desire to turn a profit. This is the precise reason that we set up our business in 2014.

It is witnessing poorly researched property investments lacking a strategic framework and companies willing to recommend developers without thorough due diligence checks, that led us to the comprehensive property investment service we are so proud of today. We call it ‘the Opulent Way’.

Adding Value, Creating Wealth

The ‘Opulent Way’ means adding tangible value based on a number of critical variables. It includes a research process second to none that allows us to make informed recommendations rooted in facts and figures and presented in a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand format.

It involves working with hand-selected, reputable developers with unblemished track records right from the very start. This ensures that property investment plans can be shaped to your needs and delivered with a confidence that we are prepared to stake our brand on.

Our primary goal is to create wealth and long-term financial security for you, and we are proud to do so transparently and ethically.

Total Management

We set out to create turnkey opportunities that are fully managed and require minimal input. There’s no corner-cutting, but by acting decisively we can circumvent the most challenging part of the property investment process for you.

An aftersales team will guide you through your property investment purchases, absorbing most of the administrative burden. Forget time-consuming legal paperwork or preparing your property for rental. We’ll take care of it while you sit back and contemplate your next investment.

Available Investment Opportunities

THE ROSCOE

The Roscoe is a boutique collection of 82 beautifully presented 1- and 2-bedroom apartments in the heart of Liverpool city centre, within walking distance of every amenity and expertly designed for the burgeoning rental market.

The prime central location (L1 postcode) and build quality will ensure the apartments are reliably let to high calibre tenants long term. From an investment perspective, this fantastic off-plan project lends itself perfectly to the short-term rental market – with Liverpool being the third most visited city in the UK, double-digit yields are easily achievable with this city centre investment property.

This luxury development consists of 82 apartments, it sits on the ridge overlooking Liverpool Cathedral and adjacent to the famous Rodney Street, referred to as the “Harley Street of the North”. Three major train stations can be found within a 5-minute walk, opening up the rest of the city and the UK to residents in an efficient and convenient way. Likewise, all of Liverpool’s shops, bars, restaurants and cultural sites are within an easy walking distance.

The local tenant pool is a highly desirable mix of young professionals who demand high-quality accommodation in the heart of the city, with the hustle and bustle of what it has to offer on their doorstep. The Roscoe is in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre and will appeal to the city’s buoyant rental market.

Key Property Information

  • Price – From £155,950
  • Developer – CRC Group
  • Management company – Urban Evolution
  • Service charge – £651.78 per annum
  • Payment plan – 25% / 25% / 50%
  • Management fee – TBC
  • Ground rent – 0.1% of property value
  • Completion date – Q3 2021
  • Deposit interest – N/A
  • Tenure – 250 years leasehold

Start Your Investment Journey Today

Property investment is an astute choice for many and includes retirement fund planning, nest eggs to finance university education and experienced property investors seeking portfolio contraction or expansion. Get in touch today to find out more about our latest investment opportunities in Manchester.

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