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30 January 2018

York Theatre Royal to Host Building Design Awards Following £6 Million Refurb

YORK Theatre Royal, which last year won two prestigious York Design Awards following its £6million refurb, will host the launch of this year’s awards.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate and promote the very best of building design in the city. The Theatre Royal was one of the big winners last year – picking up an award in the large non-residential category, and also winning The Press People’s Award, voted for by the public.

More than 150 professionals from the property, architecture, building and development sectors are expected to be at the theatre next Wednesday from 6pm for the launch of this year’s awards. But the free event is very much open to the public, says York Design Awards chair Janet Hopton.

“It’s very fitting to host the launch event at York Theatre Royal, which plays such an important role in the city’s cultural and tourism economies,” she said.

“We’d love to encourage local residents to take up our invitation to attend the launch event and learn more about how the York Design Awards encourages designers to create buildings and spaces that inspire and delight.”

The guest speaker next Wednesday will be London architect Bob Allies, who has worked on Kings Cross Central, Sheffield’s ‘Heart of the City’, and the Olympic Games legacy project.

Schemes such as the York Design Awards help drive up the quality and design of buildings, he says. “Encouraging good architecture and sensitive building restoration is incredibly worthwhile and plays a big part in improving the quality of life for those living in cities.”

Members of the public can book a place for next Wednesday’s launch event at www.yorkdesignawards.org or by emailing inspire@yorkdesignawards.org

Builders, architects, developers and owners who would like to enter for this year’s awards, meanwhile, can find application forms and details of how to enter at www.yorkdesignawards.org

Winners will be announced and presented with their awards at the presentation evening on Monday June 25 at the University of York’s Ron Cooke Hub.

This article is courtesy of The Press, please visit their website for more local news.

16 January 2018

Countrywide Lettings Index – December 2017

Predictions for good rental growth in 2018

  • Rental growth rises by a third from 1.8% in 2016 to 2.4% in 2017 in the UK, and 2.0% excluding London

  • Yorkshire and Humber goes from the slowest rate of rental growth in 2014 to 3rd / 4th fastest in 2016/17 respectively.

  • Proportion of homes bought by a landlord drops to 12.5%, a nine year low

  • Number of homes on the rental market in 2017 was 4% lower than in 2016

Rental growth across Great Britain picked up in 2017. Last year rents rose by an average of 2.4%, an increase from 1.8% in 2016 (table 1). The average rent ended the year at 625 per month in the North (up by 2.0% from the start of the year, in contrast to £960 per month rise across UK (a rise of 2.4%). While rents rose a third faster than they did in 2016, rental growth was still behind than in both 2015 (3.2%) and 2014 (4.9%). Forty-six per cent of landlords increased the rent when re-letting their home, up from 37% in 2016.


Dec17 (1) Cost new let

Table 1: Cost of new let 

Yorkshire and Humber Rental Market is Climbing the Ranks

In a reversal of 2014 when Yorkshire and Humber had the slowest rate of rental growth in England, in 2016 and 2017 this had risen to having the 3rd and 4th fastest rate of growth respectively (table 2). 2017 also saw Yorkshire and Humber demonstrate its value for money for tenants in the rental market, replacing Wales as the sixth most expensive region of Great Britain to rent a home.


Dec 17 (2) Regions ranked by rental growth

Table 2: Regions Ranked by Rental Growth

Last year also saw a drop in the number of homes bought by Landlords. In 2017 landlords bought 12.5% of homes sold (table 3) in Great Britain, down from 14.7% in 2016, 16.3% in 2015. This represents a nine year low. Between 2016 and 2017 the proportion of homes sold to landlords fell in every region, with a respectable 13.6% of homes in Yorkshire and Humber area being purchased by investors in 2017.


Dec 17 (3) Proportions of homes bought by landlord

Table 3: Proportion of Homes bought by a Landlord in 2017

The falling number of landlord purchases has meant the number of homes on the rental market has dropped. In December 2017 there were 4% fewer homes to rent across Great Britain than in December 2016, with Yorkshire and Humber showing a markedly lower fall of 5%, than that recorded in London of a 21% decrease (the largest of any region) (table 4). Despite the stamp duty hike inducing fall in stock, there were 5% more homes available to rent than there were two years ago.


Dec 17 (4) No Homes on rental market by region - yr on yr

Table 4: Change in the Number of Homes on the Rental Market by Region – Year on Year

Commenting Johnny Morris, Research Director at Countrywide, said:

“Last year saw the rate of rental growth pick up to get closer to its long-term average. Most of the rise comes from a pickup in rental growth in London, after falls in 2016. Rents rose across every region of Great Britain last year, although the north of England saw rents rise at a slower rate than they did in 2016.

“Rental growth has been supported by a fall in the number of homes on the rental market, with the biggest fall in London. It looks like increased competition between tenants for rental homes will drive faster rental growth in 2018.”

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