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Investors eye new property markets

continue to hit commercial property activity in the West Midlands for the rest of the year, according to experts at commercial property firm Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH). But investors are moving towards the prime end of the market, particularly in offices, meaning that average deal sizes have nearly doubled over the previous quarter. Although investors are returning


to the market in London and the South East, activity in the rest of the country continues to be restrained, according to LSH’s latest quarterly analysis of the market Q3 – UK Investment Transactions Q3. The report also identifies a move away from traditional asset classes into other areas, particularly hotels and leisure. Adam Ramshaw, associate director in the Birmingham office of LSH, said:

Adam Ramshaw

“The continuing uncertainties in the Eurozone and the future of the UK economy have resulted in a decline in sentiment among property investors. Declining market sentiment means investors will continue to focus on the prime end of the market. The economic situation means investors are still cautious when it comes to either secondary assets or prime assets in less desirable locations. “We are seeing a move towards non-traditional areas of the market, such

as leisure. A good example of this is Legal and General’s hotel portfolio acquisition which included Malmaison in Birmingham.”

he Eurozone crisis, economic uncertainty and limited bank lending will

Affordable homes get £39m boost

Tom Murtha

The region’s leading housing and care organisation Midland Heart has been awarded £39m to deliver 1,685 new affordable homes across the West and East Midlands. The £39m contract is part of the

government’s Affordable Homes Programme through the Homes and Communities Agency and is their largest allocation in the Midlands. The significant funding, together with Midland Heart’s existing ambitious plans for future development opportunities which are already in the pipeline, will see Midland Heart deliver a combined total of 2,400 new homes. This brings with it major growth and investment to the Midland’s economy which will total £200m of capital investment over the next four years, as well as the creation of thousands of jobs and training opportunities.

‘What is significant is the investment that the programme will bring to the region; boosting the local economy by around £200million’

Tom Murtha, CEO Midland Heart said: “What is significant is the investment that the programme will bring to the region; boosting the local economy by around £200m through inward investment and the creation of thousands of jobs and training opportunities. This really is good news for all. Across the HCA’s Midlands

operating area, the Affordable Homes Programme is investing over £286m to deliver 13,500 homes over the next four years and successful bidders were announced earlier this year.

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