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Grand Square, Birmingham

Project Description

Grand Square is a grand investment property with a huge potential of high return on investment. It is located within the vicinity of Perry Barr/Birchfield which has been identified by the Government as one of three ‘growth points’ for the Birmingham city. The Government has designed a regeneration framework for Birmingham city which seeks to realise the aspirations for the Local Centre which, although a vibrant centre, is currently not fulfilling its economic potential.

Birmingham is the most populous British city outside the capital London with 1,074,300 residents in 2011. Birmingham also has the UK's largest student population outside of London, with some 65,000 students at its three universities. It is also home to 2 university Colleges and a further 37 colleges. Its major cultural institutions, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, enjoy international reputations. Birmingham is a cosmopolitan city with a lively student culture and a fantastically diverse cultural scene, bringing life and vibrancy to the city.

Student housing has emerged as the best-performing asset in the UK property market generating double-digit returns resulting from strong rental growth.

Knight Frank, a leading UK's real estate group has stated that the rental growth in the student accommodation sector has remained robust compared to 0.6% for commercial property. It recorded growth of 5% per annum over the last 6 years and substantially higher growth was achieved in key university towns over the last few years.

The number of students attending university outside their own country is forecast to more than double by 2025.

CBRE reported that the number of students in private rental property has risen by 155,000 since 2007. Moreover, Investment in the UK student housing market has doubled to approximately £800m in the first six months of 2012, compared to the same period a year earlier. The student housing market has been a resilient and stable investment during the downturn and that is forecast to continue for the 2013/14 academic year with a total return of 9.3% as described by Savills, UK.

Investment Highlights

  • Long lease with an option to purchase Freehold
  • Fully insured and managed property
  • 0% property disposal charge
  • Flexible payment options
  • 89% estimated return on investment in 8 years
  • Range of affordable properties
  • Guaranteed rental income


Rooms Specification

  • Fully furnished rooms with beautiful interior
  • Large windows and ambient lighting
  • Separate Study & Work stations
  • Options of Single, Double and Studios with En-suites
  • Flat screen TV, Stereo and Radio


Kitchen Specification

  • Modern electric cookers and oven
  • Dining table
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Fridge freezer and microwave
  • Dishwashers


Communal Facilities

  • Fully equipped on-site Gymnasium
  • Free on site parking facilities
  • Swimming pool
  • Spacious library with computers



  • High speed WiFi broadband Internet connection
  • Solar power outside lights
  • Sensor operated lights in hallway
  • High tech Gymnasium



  • Secure coded door entry system
  • Integrated fire alarm system
  • 24 hour CCTV and concierge
  • Security services patrolling at night


Enery Efficient Building

  • Fully double glazed windows
  • A-Rated combi boilers
  • Sound proof rooms
  • Fully central heated throughout the building

Location Map / What's near by?

Nearest Bus Stop (1 min walk)
Perry Barr Train Station (0.3 miles)
Birmingham New Street Rail Station (2.7 miles)
Birmingham Coach Station (3.0 miles)
Birmingham International Airport (11.8 miles)

One Stop Retail Park (0.7 miles)
Jewellery Quarter (2.1 miles)
The Bullring Shopping Centre (2.7 miles)
The Mailbox (3.1 miles)
Broad Street (3 miles)

Sports / Fitness / Leisure
Greyhound Stadium (0.7 miles)
Aston Villa Football Club (1.1 miles)
Handsworth Leisure Centre (1.2 miles)
Handsworth Golf Club (2.1 miles)
Birmingham City Football Club (3.3 miles)

Lloyds (0.1 miles)
Barclays (0.3 miles)
Halifax (0.4 miles)
NatWest (0.7 miles)

Medical / Health Centres
Doctors (1.1 miles)
Dentist (1.1 miles)
Newtown Health Centre (1.1 miles)
Birmingham City Hospital (2.4 miles)

Arts & Media
Imax Cinema (2.6miles)
Odeon Cinema ( 2.7 miles)
New Alexandra Theatre (3.0 miles)
O2 Academy (3.2 miles)

Star City Entertainment Complex (2.6 miles)
National Sealife Centre (2.8 miles)
The HMV Institute (3.0 miles)
Hippodrome (3.1miles)
National Exhibition Centre (9.7 miles) Cadbury's World (6.4 miles)




Birmingham City University (0.3 miles)

  • 23,500 students from 80 countries
  • 13%. from overseas
  • 60% are "mature" students
  • The highest intake of international students in the Birmingham area
  • It is the second largest of three universities in the city
  • West Midlands' largest provider of higher education for undergraduate study, and its portfolio of part-time courses is among the biggest in the UK
  • Listed in the Sunday Times University Guide 2013 as one of the UK's top 30 universities for the most students in graduate-level jobs
  • Investing £180million into new facilities, including the new City Centre Campus at Millennium Point
  • Ranked 3rd in the UK for music research (Research Assessment exercise 2008)
  • Ranked 8th in UK for drama and dance and media studies (Guardian League Table 2013/4)
  • A new £60-million art, design and media building in the city centre campus, due to open in September 2013, will provide a new home for Birmingham Institute of Art
  • and Design (BIAD) as well as state-of-the art media facilities, including five industry-standard TV studios


Birmingham University (4.7 miles)

  • The University of Birmingham was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter in 1900 and was the UK’s first civic or 'redbrick' university
  • Member of the Russell Group
  • University of the Year 2013/14 - The Times/Guardian
  • 27,600 students
  • 18.3% - 4,863 overseas students from around 138 countries– the fourth-largest population of international students at any UK higher education institution, and the largest international postgraduate community in the UK
  • 11th Largest UK University
  • Birmingham made an impressive 15 place rise to 62nd in this year’s QS World University Rankings, Ranks 10th out of the 24 Russell Group universities to feature in the ranking
  • Birmingham is one of the UK’s major participants in the Erasmus program which encourages student exchanges between leading European institutions: the scheme has 236 partner universities across continental Europe, as well as links with 45 universities outside Europe


Aston University (2.4 miles)

  • 10,500 students from over 130 countries are currently enrolled
  • Overseas students 17%
  • Aston is a top-30 university as rated by The Independent Complete University Guide 2014 and The Guardian University Guide 2014, with many subjects ranked in the top 10
  • founded in 1895, it is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce
  • Top 20 UK University for the last 7 years
  • Consistently ranked in the UK’s top 10 for graduate employability
  • strong reputation for its links with business and industry dating back to its origins in the 19th century
  • Aston University has been ranked 5th in the UK and 1st outside London for the percentage of graduates entering employment who achieve graduate level jobs in the 2012 Sunday Times University Guide
  • Between 2005 and 2010 there has been a £20-million investment in new and refurbished laboratories, public areas, seminar rooms and lecture theatres
  • The Sports Centre (which is Grade II listed) was refurbished and restored in 2011 and 2013


University College Birmingham (2.5 miles)

  • Over 8,000 students with 1100 international students from 65 countries
  • Granted full University Title by the Privy Council in 2012


Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (2.3 miles)

  • Work with major educational and research partners in the UK, Europe,China, India, Thailand and North America
  • One of the most established, largest and significant centres for art, design and architecture education in the world founded in 1843

Development Progress

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January 2016 - Phase 1 Completion


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