History of Porto

Porto, previously known as Cale, was a little Celtic Hamlet located on the mouth of the Douro river. When the Romans added a port, “Portus Cale”, it not only gave its name to the Porto of today but the nation of Portugal.

Porto spearheaded the 12th-century Christian reconquest, which brought Portugal independence. Strategically positioned on the Douro, this is the birthplace of Henry the Navigator, who trailblazed the Age of Discoveries in the 15th century, and of port wine ‘discovered’ by British merchants in the 17th century. Its rich history was acknowledged when its centre became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996.

Porto put the ‘Portu’ in ‘Portugal’. The name dates from Roman times, when Lusitanian settlements straddled the Rio Douro. The area was briefly in Moorish hands but was reconquered by AD 868 and reorganised as the county of Portucale, with Porto as its capital. British-born Henri of Burgundy was granted the land in 1095, and it was from here that Henri’s son and Portuguese hero Afonso Henriques launched the Reconquista (Christian reconquest), ultimately winning Portugal its status as an independent kingdom.

In 1387 Dom João I married Philippa of Lancaster in Porto, and their most famous son, Henry the Navigator, was born here. While Henry’s explorers set off around Africa to India, British wine merchants – forbidden to trade with the French – set up shop, and their presence continues to this day, evidenced in port-wine labels such as Taylor’s and Graham’s.

Over the following centuries Porto acquired a well-earned reputation for rebelliousness. In 1628 a mob of angry women attacked the minister responsible for a tax on linen. A ‘tipplers’ riot’ against the Marquês de Pombal’s regulation of the port-wine trade was savagely put down in 1757. And in 1808, as Napoleon’s troops occupied the city, Porto citizens arrested the French governor and set up their own short-lived junta. After the British helped drive out the French, Porto radicals were at it again, leading calls for a new liberal constitution, which they got in 1822. Demonstrations in support of liberals continued to erupt in Porto throughout the 19th century.

 

Wine profits helped fund the city’s industrialisation, which began in earnest in the late 19th century, at a time when the elite in the rest of Portugal tended to see trade and manufacturing as vulgar. Today the city remains the economic capital of northern Portugal and is surpassed only by much-larger Lisbon in terms of economic and social clout.

 

Living in Porto

Porto is the perfect place to work, live and enjoy; it’s a safe city, sunny, with a rich culture and heritage, a plethora of high-quality health services, international schools, excellent flight connectivity and a booming tech-driven economy and a stimulating Research and Development environment. Porto is also known for being very welcoming and open to foreign cultures, which helps everyone integrate, whilst offering a unique quality of life for everyone who has chosen Porto as their home.

Whilst Lisbon has been at the forefront of Portugal’s property story, demand has also steadily increased in Porto. The Porto region accounts for approximately 30% of all real estate transactions in Portugal, with the number of property transactions increasing 18.4% between Q3 2017 and Q3 2018. Thanks to the city’s thriving technology sector, and strong education and research institutions, business in Porto is booming and housing demand is outstripping supply.

Porto, like other Portuguese cities, is suffering from a major residential supply shortfall and property prices continue to rise. House prices in Porto’s historic centre have more than doubled since 2014, albeit from a lower base, following a period of negative growth prior to 2011 and in 2018 alone the city saw a 22% growth in house prices

The city is home to an extensive public transport network which includes the Porto Metro, a light rail system. The Porto Metro comprises six lines serving a total of 82 operational stations linking the historic centre with the main suburbs of the city. Porto Aeroporto is the main airport serving the city connecting the city with many European destinations and further afield destinations such as Rio de Janeiro and Istanbul.

 

Moving to Porto

Porto is a picturesque city full of beautiful streets, cosy venues and various cultural finds across the city. In Porto, history blends with modernity and a century-old landmark may sit side by side – each street has a story to tell and each corner reveals a different secret.

Our first development completions in Porto are due mid to late 2022 at Litoral Living and Alvaro. If you would like to find out more about moving to Porto, please complete the contact form below.

Glasgow is not only an academic and cultural hub of Scotland but is also the economic powerhouse of the nation. Over the past 30 years, Glasgow has reinvented itself into a thriving, metropolitan city continuing to transform its economy from heavy industry to a knowledge-based, technological hub.

History of Glasgow

Glasgow is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a wealth of cultural heritage to explore. The city’s roots can be traced back to the 12th century with the completion of the Cathedral on the site of St Kentigern’s first church, the patron saint of Glasgow. During this time, ‘Medieval Glasgow’ ran from the River Clyde, up through the Saltmarket, along High Street and up to the Cathedral. Many of the city’s medieval landscape of buildings now lie hidden beneath Glasgow’s Victorian architecture, expect for Glasgow Cathedral, Crookston Castle, Provand’s Lordship, Provan Hall, and the Trongate and Tolbooth Steeple – the city’s remaining medieval architecture which can still be visited today.

The University of Glasgow was founded in the 15th century and was established with the grounds of the cathedral. By the start of the 16th century, Glasgow had become an important religious and academic city and by the 17th century the University of Glasgow moved from the cathedral precincts to it’s own building in the city and it was in 1870 that the university attained its international stature.

Glasgow became an important trading centre during the 16th and 17th century as the Atlantic Trade routes opened. As the city’s wealth increased, the city centre expanded westwards towards the Merchant Square area began in spring up and with the new public buildings such as the City Chambers on George Square, Trades Hall and the Mitchell Library in Charing Cross were built epitomising the city’s new wealth and status.

During the industrial revolution the city became textile hub, as well as a hub for the local coal and iron works due to the abundance of coal and iron in Lanarkshire. It was only in the 19th century when the shipbuilding industry in Glasgow really took off and become the principle source of commerce for the city. Today, the city is still known for its shipbuilding industry with three shipyards located on the River Clyde.

Since the 1980’s, Glasgow has been reinventing itself into a thriving, metropolitan city continuing to transform its economy from heavy industry to a knowledge-based, technological hub.

Living in Glasgow

Glasgow is home to over 1.7 million residents, making it one of the most populous cities in the UK. The population of Glasgow is forecast to increase by 175,000 over the next 15 years – the same projection rate as the cities of New York, Paris and Los Angeles.

The city’s population growth is underpinned by the strong local job market and the falling unemployment rate. Glasgow is now home to 28% of all Scottish companies and provides a third of the country’s jobs. As a testament to the thriving Glasgow economy, the unemployment rate has fallen from its 11.9% high in 2012/2013 to 4.7% – a drop of 7.2% in 6 years. In addition to this, the employment rate has risen by 3% since 2016/2017, bringing Glasgow more in line with the Scotland average.

Considered the more friendly and trendier sister of Edinburgh, Glasgow has a growing working population demographic. The rental market absorbs many students and young professionals who’ve made the vibrant city their home with its strong career prospects. There are over 160,000 students enrolled at Glasgow’s four universities, three higher education colleges and three ‘super’ colleges. Almost half (46%) of all Glaswegians in employment are educated to degree level, making the city’s workforce one of the highest qualified in the UK. Coupled with a buzzing social scene and promising career prospects, the city has proven a tough one to leave. It currently holds the title for the highest student retention rate in the UK outside of London, at 51%.

For all the food lovers, Glasgow can offer a wide variety of bars, restaurants and cafes suitable for the different tastes. If you are in the mood for history, arts and culture, Glasgow’s over 20 galleries and museums will not disappoint. World famous venues like the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum attract an incredible number of visitors and are a definite must see. The music and art lovers will be happy to know that Glasgow is home of the Scottish Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Ballet and has major pop and rock acts play at different atmospheric venues, such as the Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

Glasgow’s extensive public transport network comprises of rail, road and air linking the city to both domestic and international destinations. Glasgow has two international airports as well as Europe’s only city centre commercial seaplane terminal. Glasgow International Airport is the closest airport to the city and handles the majority of the city’s air traffic – connecting the city to domestic destinations such as London, the Outer Hebrides, the Inner Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, and the Shetland Islands and further afield international destinations in Europe, North America and Canada, and Asia.

Glasgow’s rail network is one of the densest heavy rail networks in the UK outside of London, with 186 stations across the Greater Glasgow area. The city’s two terminus stations, Glasgow Central station and Glasgow Queen Street stations connect the city with major towns and cities across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Glasgow is also home to the Glasgow Subway – a 15 station underground metro system linking the City Centre and the West End of Glasgow.

HS2 will catapult Glasgow’s future growth and further connectivity, as the city has been considered as priority location for this mammoth rail infrastructure project. The city is expected to home to a new terminus station from the first phase of the highly anticipated rail programme. The new high-speed rail station will be operational from as early as 2026 and will provide easier access to cities in the Northern Powerhouse region as well as London.

House prices in Glasgow are one of the fastest growing in the UK. This is largely attributed to the speed at which the city has gentrified. Even with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and COVID-19, total forecasts for Glasgow are expected to remain the same over the next 5-year period at 15.4% price growth and 13.7% rental growth.

Moving to Glasgow

Like many cities, Glasgow has truly embraced modern and cosmopolitan living in a big way, with plenty of housing options available. It’s very clear to see why people are moving to the city and calling it home. Our first development in Glasgow, Bell Street is due to complete in Q3 2021.

If you would like to find out more about Bell Street, please complete the below contact form.

History of Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has witnessed imperial riches, fires, plague, one of the most destructive and deadliest earthquakes in recorded human history, revolutions, coups, Europe’s longest dictatorships and one of the most severe financial crisis’ since the Great Depression. But the city soldiers on, strangely emerging from each crisis better and more beautiful than before.

Lisbon’s strategic geographical position at the mouth of the River Tagus, the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula helped the city evolve into what it is now. The spacious and sheltered natural harbour made the city an important seaport between the Mediterranean Sea and northern Europe; Lisbon has subsequently enjoyed the commercial advantages of its proximity to southern and western Europe as well to sub-Saharan Africa and North and South America.

After the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, which destroyed much of the city. The Chief Minster at the time Marques de Pombal, immediately began rebuilding the city in a simple, cheap and earthquake-proof style which created today’s formal grid around the Baixa area of the city. During the early 20th century, Portugal was in amidst of Europe’s longest dictatorship, which has become known as the Revolution of the Carnations, which ended in 1974.

Lisbon was reincarnated again, when Portugal joined the European Community in 1986, which paved the way the for major redevelopment and investment in the city. Although the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 stalled many of the development projects Lisbon began the flourish again in the late 2010’s with many of the major redevelopment projects restarting again, namely the continued expansion of the Metro and the new multimillion-Euro cruise ship terminal.

 

Living in Lisbon

With 270 days of sunshine a year, a laid-back lifestyle based around the sea, and a city centre bustling with restaurant, shops and art makes it easy to understand why Lisbon has been ranked as top European travel and investment destination multiple times over the past few years.

The city has been long seen as a picturesque and affordable city by many, it has only been in the past few years that the Lisbon has started to move away from its conservative roots to deliver a trendy vibe of its. This transition can be attributed to the influx of young creatives and entrepreneurs moving into the city due to the affordable rents, thriving café and bar culture and the growing career opportunities.

Lisbon benefits from a wide-ranging transport system which includes the Lisbon Metro, the Lisbon tramway and an extensive bus and rail network – making getting around the city super convenient and easy.

 

Moving to Lisbon

Lisbon is a picturesque city full of beautiful streets, cosy venues and various cultural finds across the city. In Lisbon, history blends with modernity and a century-old landmark may sit side by side – each street has a story to tell and each corner reveals a different secret.

Our first development completions in Lisbon are due over the coming months. With our first development Bela Vista due to complete in September 2020 and completions at The Carvalho due shortly afterwards. If you would like to find out more about moving to Lisbon and the properties, we have available, please complete the contact form below.

 

History of Vauxhall and Nine Elms

Up until the late 20th century Vauxhall was predominately manual workers’ home and business premises for the London and South Western railway development and also housed the former water supply works for the locale.  During World War II, Vauxhall and the surrounding areas sustained severe bomb damage due the its proximity to the River Thames as well as the area’s industrial sites. This has since paved way for major redevelopment conversions in around Vauxhall.

 

Nine Elms’ history can be traced back to 1645, when the area first took on the name Nine Elms from a row of elm trees bordering the main road into the area. In 1838, Nine Elms Railway station opened and became the first London terminus for the London and South Western Railway line. It was at the time when the area was often described as “a low swampy district occasionally overflowed by the Thames” by those working on the railways. The station later became redundant when the line was extended to Waterloo and the site was then used as railway wagon and cabin works, until these building were later damaged during World War II and as a result were closed permanently. This site was the acquired and then become the home to the flower section of the New Covent Garden Market. Gasworks were established in Nine Elms back in 1853, close to the existing waterworks of the Southwark and Vauxhall Waterworks company – this site then became the home to, the now iconic, Battersea Power Station in the early 20th century.

 

 

Living in Vauxhall and Nine Elms

Since the announcement that the US Embassy will be relocating south of the river, both Vauxhall and Nine Elms have been at the forefront of a massive regeneration programme. This regeneration programme sometime referred to as VNEB, (Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea Opportunity Area), sets out the vision for new homes, jobs, cultural quarter and a new linear park to bring life to this area of London.

 

The regeneration area spans 227 hectares of central London on the southern banks of the River Thames – it extends from Lambeth Bridge in the north, to Chelsea Bridge in the south, covering the Albert Embankment, Vauxhall and a large section of the north Battersea. It’s by far the largest regeneration schemes currently being undertaken in central London and encompasses on the last remaining industrial stretches of the South Bank.

 

The location of Vauxhall and Nine Elms, for one, is hard to beat – near the Thames, opposite the Tate Britain, and within walking distance of Pimlico, Victoria, Westminster and Waterloo, it’s certainly in the busy urban heart of the capital.

 

The area also benefits from excellent transport links, which just adds to its appeal. Not only is Vauxhall train station served by National Rail and a tube station on the Victoria Line, Vauxhall is home to one of the largest bus stations in London. As for commuting, residents will be able to get to Oxford Circus in just 6 minutes via the Victoria Line, London Waterloo within 4 minutes and Clapham Junction within 5 minutes. The area’s already extensive transport links are set to be improved further with the completion of the Northern Line extension from Kennington to Battersea Power Station – creating two new stations, Battersea Power Station an Nine Elms, which is due to open Autumn 2021.

 

Moving to Vauxhall and Nine Elms

Residents of Vauxhall and Nine Elms will not only benefit from the excellent transport links and the unbeatable London location, but will also be apart of a thriving cultural scene which the area has to offer. With a plethora of local bars, cafes and restaurants, residents will be spoilt for choice – it’s clear to see why so many are now making a home in Vauxhall and Nine Elms.

 

Are you looking to move to Vauxhall and Nine Elms? We can help, as we have several schemes currently available in Vauxhall and Nine Elms including the recently completed Keybridge House. Find out more by registering your details with us today.

 

History of Birmingham

Birmingham’s history can be traced back to the 7th century, as a small Anglo-Saxon hamlet on the edge of the Forest of Arden which has since been transformed into the city, we know today over the past 1,400 years. A mixture of immigration, innovation and civic pride, helped to bring about major social and economic reforms, as well as the kick-started the Industrial Revolution in the city – which then subsequently inspiring the growth of similar cities across the world.

By the 20th century, the city had become the metropolitan hub of the UK’s manufacturing and automotive industries, after earning itself the reputation as a city of canals, and then of cars. Since the start the of 21st century, Birmingham lays at the heart of a major post-industrial metropolis surrounded by significant educational, manufacturing, shopping, sporting and conferencing facilities.

Living in Birmingham

Birmingham is a city of 1.1 million people – and is expected to increase by a further 171,000 by 2039. The sheer range of employment opportunities on offer clearly provides a major pull fact; with many leading national and international businesses including HSBC, Deutsche Bank and HM Revenue and Customs, looking to relocate or increase staff numbers in the city.

Birmingham is also at the forefront of Europe’s largest infrastructure project, HS2 – which is scheduled to arrive in the city by 2033. Once complete HS2 will form a new backbone of the UK’s rail network, connecting eight out of ten of the largest cities in the UK, whilst simultaneously reducing journey times across the network. Journey times between Birmingham and London will be reduced to mere 49 minute once complete, unleashing the city’s potential further and creating a more accessible rental market for many professionals

Being the second city in the UK, Birmingham has so much to offer its residents, from world-class educational facilities to a thriving shopping sector to an extensive array of theatres, museums and galleries and booming cultural scene. And for those sporting fans, Birmingham is home to two professional football teams, Birmingham City and Aston Villa and for those avid cricket fans Edgbaston is located with the city and hosts matches at both test and county level.

Partly, due its central location Birmingham is a major transport hub on the motorway, rail, and canal network. The city is also home to the West Midlands Metro – light-rail tram system.

The city’s rail network connects the city with many of UK’s major cities including: London (Euston and Marylebone stations), Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Leicester and Newcastle. The city also benefits from a local rail service, which serves towns within the West Midlands region such as Bromsgrove, Redditch, Lichfield, Wolverhampton, and Walsall. Like other cities in the north of England such as Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham – Birmingham boasts a light-rail tram network called the West Midlands Metro connecting the city to Wolverhampton.

Birmingham Airport is located just over 8 miles from the city centre, with regular international flights to some of Europe’s most popular destinations and further afield destinations including Dubai, and Doha.

Moving to Birmingham

Like many cities, Birmingham has truly embraced modern and cosmopolitan living in a big way, with plenty of housing options available. It’s very clear to see why people are moving to the city and calling it home. At Complete, we have a selection of developments located in Birmingham, including The Curve, The Curve II and soon to complete Bishton Fletcher Building, with a selection of apartments available to rent. Find out more about these development by registering your details with us today.