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January 2015

The growing value of English lessons

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Teaching English to international students is worth a staggering £2.5 billion to the UK’s economy each year, according to a recent report.

And Manchester and Salford remains a strong UK centre attracting students from across the globe to its English Language schools and centres.

The study by trade group English UK placed the city in the top six in its regional breakdown of the value of English Language teaching to local economies.

The research, by the national association of accredited English Language centres, says the industry is worth £120 million annually to the Greater Manchester region.

Susan Young, English UK’s Communications Consultant, says: “In many areas of the UK, language teaching is an economically-crucial yet invisible export industry.

“Students come here and study, spending money not only on tuition and accommodation, but also on transport, tourism, entertainment and shopping.

“Although the students are often worth millions of pounds to a particular area, their contribution and importance can go unnoticed to the general public although they may benefit indirectly

“People are often surprised to learn how much money students bring into their local economy.”

English UK is the national association of accredited English Language centres, and the world’s leading language teaching association.

It has around 470 members, all fully-accredited language-teaching centres in the state and private sector.

Friargate demolition underway

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Friargate demolition underway

Vale Park Demolition Services has started on site at Portergate Properties’ £18m mixed-use scheme in Friargate, Preston.A team of 15 demolition experts is preparing the 1 xenical otc.5-acre site for the main contractor, Eric Wright Group. The project involves stripping out the interior of the existing structures before bringing in specialist equipment to level the buildings.

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Portergate scheme on Friargate: Demolition experts on site as new student flats block work continues

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Portergate scheme on Friargate: Demolition experts on site as new student flats block work continues

A major new development of student flats has moved into its next stage.  Portergate has appointed demolition experts Vale Park Demolition Services to begin work. Land off Friargate and Great Shaw Street is to become a 253-room student accommodation block with new shops facing onto one of the main city shopping streets.



Demolition firm to kick-off £18m Preston regeneration

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Demolition firm to kick-off £18m Preston regeneration

VALE Park Demolition Services has been appointed to clear the site of an £18m regeneration project in the University Quarter of Preston.

The Manchester has moved on to the site in Friargate, which is being transformed by Portergate Developments into an ambitious mixed-use scheme, following the completion of archeological and ground safety surveys.

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Demolition expert to kick-off £18m Preston regeneration project

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Demolition expert to kick-off £18m Preston regeneration project

“Once completed it will provide boutique hotel-style accommodation, not only for students but also for young key workers in the city, where we believe there is a real demand for this type of living space.

“Our aim throughout the project is to play a major role in transforming the fortunes of the Friargate area and our hope is that our development and commitment will encourage others to invest in the area as a key part of the city’s regeneration.”

At the height of the building project around 200 workers will be employed on the Friargate development site.

The shop and apartment complex has been designed around open garden areas by Manchester architecture practice Leach Rhodes Walker.

The Friargate project builds on the success of Portergate’s debut building Riverside House. The luxury accommodation on the banks of the Irwell in Salford has been a major success story.

£18m Student Residence Opens On Salford’s Riverside

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£18m Student Residence Opens On Salford’s Riverside

The £18 million debut student halls of residence by Portergate Property Management has opened in time for the new academic year in Salford.  Riverside House, which sits on the banks of the River Irwell in Blackfriars Road is a hotel-class purpose-built halls of residence containing 242 luxury en suite student rooms.  A substantial number of students have moved into the building, which marks the debut of Portergate, a fast-rising property development and management company based in the North West.

Portergate has won planning consent for its second student development a £18 million new-build scheme in Preston, which is scheduled to be open and ready to take students at the University of Central Lancashire from the 2014-15 term.

The superb level of accommodation offered by Riverside House is already appealing to students and parents looking for exceptional luxury accommodation in Salford check this link right here now. A showhome is open for viewing revealing the standard of accommodation and the ambition for Riverside House to be recognised as the number one location for UK and overseas students in the city.

The stylish apartment on show includes a fully-furnished living space and fitted kitchen complete with high-quality appliances. En-suite bedrooms are also fully furnished and have dedicated broadband internet.  Riverside House boasts a riverside location midway between the University of Salford and the heart of Manchester, the UK’s second city. It is set in its own landscaped gardens on the Irwell and has been built to be the landmark building as the Broughton Bridge crosses the river onto Blackfriars Road.

It is walking distance from the University of Salford campus, Manchester city centre and Salford Central train station.

The vibrant cafes and bars of Manchester’s Cathedral Quarter and Deansgate are also within a 15 minute walk or a short bus journey.

Security and service are paramount at Riverside House and students will benefit from a day time House Manager, 24-hour concierge and on-site maintenance. For personal security, each floor and all rooms are accessed by swipe card.

Demand for the accommodation from UK and overseas students has been high all summer and Portergate says it is “very satisfied” with bookings since opening.

Anthony Jackson, Chairman of Portergate, said: “We are pleased that we have opened Riverside House in good time for the start of the academic year.

“This is a major private investment in Salford and we are in one of the areas earmarked for major regeneration, so we are happy to be playing our part in the revitalisation of this historic city.

“The high standards we have set in the design and construction reflect the demands and expectations of today’s students, and in particular their parents, who expect their sons and daughters to live in hotel-class accommodation while they enjoy their higher education.

“There is nothing quite like Riverside House in Salford and we expect to be very popular as word spreads that we are open for business.”

Portergate is building an enviable reputation for developing high-class, purpose-built student accommodation with more than 500 rooms ready to open, under construction or with planning consent across the North West.

The latest addition to its portfolio of developments is a £18 million city centre regeneration project in the Friargate area of Preston.  Anthony Jackson, chairman of Portergate, said: “Riverside House highlights our total commitment to quality in everything we do.

“We are creating high-quality boutique student accommodation in stylish, contemporary buildings.

“As a company we are very passionate about what we do and we are providing new developments that will be attractive to students from the UK and overseas and which will also add real value to the community.”

The company is looking to roll out its boutique student living concept across the North West. Its Preston development, adjacent to the city’s university campus, is scheduled to be opened for students in 2014-2015.  The Salford showroom is available to view and bookings are being taken. To make an appointment, please email:

For further information on Portergate, investment opportunities or to reserve accommodation, please call +44 (0) 844 245 2688 now website here.