Sunday, May 9, 2021

£60m BTR residential development acquired in Leicester

Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) has acquired its second build-to-rent residential development, the £60 million Merlin Wharf in the Waterside regeneration area of Leicester.

The development, located in Bath Lane by the River Soar, comprises 384 one and two-bed apartments, designed by Leicester-based architect, Staniforth.

It was forward funded by the Edmond de Rothschild Residential Investment Fund UK, which invests in the private rented sector (PRS) on behalf of European institutional investors, and completed at the end of last month.

The fund’s development partner was Leicester Lettings and the contractor was Winvic Construction.

Edmond de Rothschild REIM operates a vertically integrated platform and will provide a lettings and management service for the completed development from its in-house PRS team.

Tim Holden, co-head of residential in the UK and director of residential development and asset management at Edmond de Rothschild REIM, said: “We are delighted to have completed the fund’s first build-to-rent investment. Leicester has a high demand for affordable new build-to-rent accommodation in line with the fund’s strategy.

“Its population is forecast to grow at a rate in excess of the national average, while the current supply of rental stock in Leicester is limited and relatively dated.”

The Edmond de Rothschild Residential Investment Fund UK was launched in August 2018 and to date has raised equity commitments of around £260 millon, with further equity being raised, from European institutional investors. The fund aims to create a diversified portfolio of PRS assets, delivering sustainable and stable distributions over a long-term holding period.

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