Ask Real Estate and Salboy partner to deliver Manchester’s Viadux project

Property Week | January 16, 2020

Ask Real Estate and Salboy partner to deliver Manchester’s Viadux project
The JV will deliver 240,000 sq ft of commercial office space on the site off Albion Street near Deansgate Station, along with a 40-storey residential building. It will also rejuvenate the neighbouring grade-II listed railway arches to create a ground level frontage with restaurants, shops and bars. With planning permission for the scheme already in place, Salboy’s construction arm Domis is expected to begin the three-year build in the spring. Viadux will benefit from our extensive construction expertise and residential development experience and will be the latest in a line of high quality schemes we are delivering in the city region,” said Salboy co-founder and director Simon Ismail. Working with a partner of the calibre of Ask over the coming years will help create one of the most exciting mixed-use projects right in the heart of the city centre. Ask managing director John Hughes added: “This new and exciting partnership joins together two well established Manchester real estate companies. By joining forces with Salboy, together we are able to bring to fruition this significant development, which is in response to the city’s continuing economic, cultural and population expansion.

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Online auctions continue to offer real estate investors, both novice and experienced, a way to get a great deal on real estate. As with traditional real estate transactions, buyers must employ a common sense approach and perform thorough due diligence for every listing. Several considerations determine how relevant or important your research findings are to your decision about buying. For exampleif the property is to be purchased as an investment, then community amenities may be less of a concern than if you were buying a primary residence (see tip 8).