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Property Drivers - Location, Transportation and People

The Government’s rail improvements tops list of infrastructure driven property development opportunities according to the latest research.

86% of UK property developers say investors are increasingly looking to capitalise on infrastructure improvements with rail, tram and underground schemes providing the most attractive opportunities led by Crossrail and Crossrail 2, according to a study commissioned by Amicus Property Finance, the specialist short term property lender.

Improved road transport links (55%), local authority-sponsored urban regeneration schemes (48%) and airport upgrades (43%) were also ranked among property investors in terms of the potential offered by developing adjacent sites. 

 

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Analysis of the government backed projects on an individual basis shows that three-quarters (77%) of property developers ranked Crossrail and Crossrail 2 as offering the most potential for residential schemes, ahead of High Speed 2 (51%), Thameslink (47%) and superfast broadband (14%).2 

Keith Aldridge, Founder & MD at Amicus Property Finance, said: “The government’s decision to invest in building new infrastructure and upgrading existing assets provides a tremendous opportunity for residential and commercial property developers and we can expect this to continue for many years to come.

 “The longer term impact of this infrastructure programme on regenerating existing residential communities and creating new ones cannot be underestimated, particularly when combined with the government’s renewed commitment to addressing the country’s housing gap. We have already seen growing demand among developers seeking short-term finance to fund infrastructure related residential and commercial schemes.”

 

Crossrail

The research also revealed that Crossrail and Crossrail 2 as the highest ranked government infrastructure schemes for commercial property development (71%) followed by High Speed 2 (51%), Thameslink (47%) and Manchester Airport (24%).

Picture: Kings Cross and other infrastructure upgrades have spurred property investors. Property occupiers will be following the trend

Article written by Robin Snow

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