Our market

OUR TIME IS NOW

There is an urgent need for the work that we do.

Now, more than ever, society is demanding attractive, flexible, spacious living, working and socialising spaces that support productivity and wellbeing. Our strategy leverages these opportunities whilst mitigating risk.

Land potential

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  • The public sector is one of the most significant landowners in the UK with 1.3 million acres of England owned by councils and 1.1 million acres of the UK by the Ministry of Defence – much of this land is underutilised.
  • There is growing pressure for landowners to make their land work harder, get revenue, deliver environmental improvements and social value.
  • An under-resourced public sector needs trusted experts to help it to develop its landbank to meet demanding housing targets and changed needs.

Our response

  • We have the vision and expertise to help the public and private sector to unlock the potential in their existing, often underestimated, brownfield sites, to create places which address urgent demand, boost jobs and stimulate local economies, whilst preserving greenbelt land.
  • We have nurtured trusted relationships over the past 26+ years and have proven delivery in innovative PPPs, giving us a point of difference.

INCREASED DEMAND

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  • The UK population is expected to grow to over 72 million by 2040, 89% urban (Worldometer, 2021) fuelling long-term demand for thoughtful regeneration.
  • A systematic change in lifestyles resulting from Covid-19 has accelerated the need for spacious, agile places to meet new living, working and socialising behaviours.
  • There is a requirement for towns and cities to offer the necessary infrastructure, public space, amenities, services and homes – and at affordable prices.

Our response

  • The spaces we create are amenity-rich, innovative and customised, providing positive and productive experiences that enhance and protect physical and mental wellbeing, whilst supporting evolving business and community needs.
  • Our distinctive, customer-centric approach – focused on sites often too complex for REITs and too mixed in use for housebuilders – and local market knowledge give us an edge.
  • We have over 6 million sq.ft. of shovel-ready schemes to address demand.

PENT-UP CAPITAL/ESG

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  • More than 75% of global assets under management are expected to be viewed through a sustainability lens over the next three years, up from 25% before the Covid-19 pandemic (KPMG, 2020). This adds to the attraction of responsible companies with a clear social compass.
  • There is an increased appetite from funders and investors in sustainable, thoughtful places that encourage wellbeing, create local jobs and UK infrastructure.
  • The ESG real estate investment market is expected to double in 2021 as demand increases for companies demonstrating that they are making a positive social impact (OnePlanetCapital, 2021).

Our response

  • ESG is a fundamental part of our corporate strategy, ingrained in our approach and influencing our decision-making. Our new ESG strategy demonstrates our commitment and increased accountability.
  • We are offering patient capital access to de-risked, scalable, shovel-ready schemes delivered by a trusted partner, with proven credentials and shared values.

SUPPORTIVE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

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  • Government is supportive of a recovery that reflects the greener, fairer aspirations of an evolving society.
  • New policies and crucial funding are being made available to stimulate growth in our towns and cities through new infrastructure and regeneration.
  • Housebuilding targets are on the rise in some regions and will remain a Government priority, regardless of political leader.

Our response

  • Our size and flexibility allow us to anticipate and respond quickly to change.
  • We operate in high-growth markets where demand for mixed-use regeneration is a priority and aligned to Government’s agenda.
  • We work closely with all political parties towards policies and a regulatory framework to support communities and allow local authorities to realise value from unused assets.
  • Our track record, long-standing partnerships and commitment to thoughtful construction, support our success in planning.
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