1. Astley Point plans approved

    Today Salcaul Limited announced its plans for the £9 million development of Astley Point, a 4.5 acre site on Higher Green Lane, Astley, Wigan have been approved under delegated powers by Wigan Council.

    Building work is set to begin in summer on the high quality mixed-use development, which includes exclusive new homes and a new restaurant entertainment destination set in beautifully landscaped surroundings.  The first homes will go on sale, off-plan, to the public in the summer.

    Sean McCaul, director, Salcaul Limited said:  “We are thrilled our proposals for Astley Point have been approved.  We aim to create a very high quality development – a new focal point for Higher Green and Astley.

    “Our architects Cartwright and Gross have created exciting plans for the site which will set the new homes and leisure opportunities in stunning landscaped surroundings informed by the local heritage, history and countryside.”

    Astley Point will include:

    • A new restaurant entertainment destination
    • New landscaping including a water feature and extensive planting
    • 32 new luxury homes
    • High specification including designer kitchens and bathrooms
    • Modern appliances
    • Secure parking for all residents

    Councillor David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said:  “The population of Wigan Borough is growing, in fact by 2026 it’s predicted we’ll need an extra 13,500 homes to keep up with demand. Wigan Council is committed to ensuring we have enough homes for local residents and so we are pleased that this application, in the popular village of Astley has been given the green light. The high quality development will not only bring new homes to Astley, but will also create over 70 new jobs. I look forward to seeing the scheme take shape.”

    It is envisaged the first homes will be ready for occupation by summer 2017.

    Salcaul Limited is making a £9 million investment into the development and envisages over 70 new permanent jobs will be created at Astley Point.  The Environment Partnership has developed the landscape designs while planning advice was provided by Euan Kellie Property Solutions.

    Salcaul Limited is a joint venture between Salboy and Redwaters and has been set up specifically to deliver Astley Point.  Salboy, is a company owned by Fred Done and Simon Ismail who develop schemes throughout the UK.

    Simon Ismail said: “This is the first project we have undertaken in Astley and we are really looking forward to producing a first class development that will provide much needed facilities for the local area.”

    Redwaters is a privately owned property development business based in Astley that has been building homes in the North West for nearly 40 years.  During this time it has forged a reputation for high quality bespoke schemes with a particular emphasis on the Astley area with the most recent projects being Astley Brook and Chaddock Hall.

    Anyone wishing to register interest in buying a home at Astley Point should visit

    News of the planning approval was featured in Manchester Evening News, Leigh Journal, Place North West, Insider and The Businessdesk.

  2. OBI Property launches new website

    Manchester based independent real estate firm OBI Property has launched its new website which has been designed and built by leading digital business e3creative.

    The new website brings OBI Property, its brand and its full range of services to life online.  It is a dynamic, user-friendly portal showcasing the properties being marketed by OBI – some of the highest value real estate assets available in Manchester city centre.

    Zoe Boddy-McEwen, marketing manager, OBI Property said:  “Our clients assets deserve to have the best marketing platforms available and that has been a key driver behind the design of the new site. We have developed a function which enables occupiers searching for offices to create their own bespoke list of buildings which can then be downloaded in a pdf report format.

    “After recently celebrating our sixth birthday and launching Clockwork – our new shared workspace for clients and friends – we decided it was time to refresh our online presence.  We are delighted with the results and have already received some fantastic feedback.”

    Jake Welsh, managing director, e3creative said: “When OBI approached e3creative with their brief, the project instantly grabbed our teams attention. With OBI offering such an innovative and cutting-edge approach to their industry, this fully aligned with our method of thinking and working.

    “Throughout the project planning stages it was clear both parties wanted to create something dynamic, current and highly engaging, with this as the blueprint – our teams got straight to work. Working with OBI has been a really refreshing approach, with great all round team input and open working style, this has allowed for a solid execution, and a website strategy that will put them well ahead of their competitors for years to come”

    OBI Property is an established real estate consultancy which provides innovative solutions to its landlord and occupier clients which include, NCC Group,, Allied London, Bruntwood, LJ Partnership, British Airways and CBRE Global Investors.

    The award winning team at OBI provides advice to its clients across its multi-discipline services which include interior design, project management, dilapidations, ratings, leasing and investment consultancy.  The collection of services is known as the OBI Difference.

  3. Planning granted for The Crescent, Salford

    Euan Kellie Property Solutions has announced its planning application for The Crescent, Salford, on behalf of Property (Done) Limited, has been granted approval by Salford City Council.

    The Crescent will be a private rented sector (PRS) development of 399 apartments, located on the A6.  Unlike traditional residential developments, none of the apartments will be sold, instead the whole development will be remain owned and managed by Property (Done) Limited.  The apartments will be rented out.

    Designed by 5plus Architects the 156 one bedroom, 223 two bedroom and 20 three bedroom apartments will be spread over three buildings comprising six, 17 and 22 storeys.  In addition there will be car parking, secure storage for 236 bicycles, landscaping and 8890 sq ft of commercial space.

    Euan Kellie Property Solutions led the planning application process for the scheme, along with project manager Swithenbank Property Consultants.

    Euan Kellie, Euan Kellie Property Solutions said:  “The Crescent development will be a fantastic addition to the Crescent, providing new homes for rent, as well as commercial space to support the growing community.”

    Simon Ismail, director, Property (Done) Limited said: “Gaining planning permission for The Crescent marks a significant step as we aim to realise our vision for the important site.”

    As part of the new development the former Black Horse Hotel will be demolished.  Phil Doyle, 5plus Architects said: “5plus has an established reputation in mending and enhancing Listed buildings as shown at Trafford Town Hall and the Corn Exchange, Manchester, and would always endeavour to retain buildings of local or architectural significance in a scheme if practical.

    “Indeed down the road at Trinity we have incorporated The Black Friar pub as an integral part of a second Fred Done residential scheme which received planning from Salford City Council last year.

    “But The Black Horse Hotel had been allowed to fall into dereliction by others and it was impossible to include without seriously compromising the entire design of this important site.

    “Sometimes the past has to make way for the future.”

    It is envisaged work will begin on site later this year and building work will take approximately 36 months.

    News of the planning permission was covered by several publications including Property Week, Manchester Evening News , Insider, Place North West and the Businessdesk.

  4. James Robertshaw hails NRB success

    The annual Northern Restaurant and Bar Show at Manchester Central held on 14-15 March 2016 brought together over 7500 trade-only visitors, to see 65 live demonstrations and talks from the region’s top chefs and proprietors and visit over 270 exhibitors including James Robertshaw.

    Matthew Garnett, sales and marketing director, James Robertshaw said: “The leisure and hospitality sector is one of our major clients, we’ve worked with some fantastic companies from major national brands such as TGI Fridays, we recently completed the entire awning and blind requirements for the relaunched Corn Exchange in Manchester and worked with countless, high profile independent cafes and restaurants including Retreat in Bolton, The Metropolitan in Didsbury and the Pointing Dog in Sheffield.

    “During the two days of the Show we had many visitors to our stand and we’ve got a lot of new orders to follow up on.”


  5. OBI Property celebrates six years

    Manchester based independent real estate firm OBI Property celebrates its sixth birthday on 1 February.  The firm has more than doubled the size of its office (from 1,500 sq ft to 3,300 sq ft) and created Clockwork, a new amenity space for its visiting clients and friends use.

    OBI Property has grown steadily over the past six years and is now a team of 18. It is an established real estate consultancy which provides innovative solutions to its landlord and occupier clients which include, NCC Group,, Allied London, LJ Partnership, British Airways and CBRE Global Investors.

    Andrew Cowell, Transactions and Asset Management Team, OBI Property said:  “The success of the business is down to the strength of our award-winning team.  We provide the best advice when our clients engage us across our multi-discipline services which include interior design, project management, dilapidations, ratings, leasing and investment consultancy.  We call the collection of our services the OBI Difference.

    “We are obsessed with delivering quality throughout every touch point of the business.  We are here to disrupt the conventional approach to real estate, we are proudly independent and apply the OBI Difference to everything we do.”

    With views over St Peter’s Square, the new fit out at OBI’s office at 80 Mosley Street includes more meeting rooms, a design hub, quiet booths and the new Clockwork concept. Clockwork is a touchdown space for visiting clients to work, host meetings, utilise the bar facilities or simply relax.

    Andy Crompton, Workplace Consultancy Team, OBI Property said:  “With the extension to the office we decided we wanted to create a place which our clients and friends could think of as their own.  Everyone in the team had input into the design of the new office and we surveyed a number of our clients to establish what they would value from our Clockwork concept.  We want the new workspace to be a hive of activity throughout the week.”

    The OBI Property sixth birthday press coverage included the a large feature, and front cover for the team, in Greater Manchester Business Week.