For 50 years we have navigated through a dynamic real estate landscape, continually evolving our aim to deliver outperformance in all economic environments. What has remained constant is the way we combine top-down economic and real estate research with in-depth local knowledge of the markets in which we operate to source and underwrite superior risk-adjusted opportunities. We regard the buildings in which we invest as businesses in their own right, which need nurturing and developing to ensure a strong and sustainable relationship between owner and occupier.
With strong local footprints in the world’s most attractive real estate markets, including the UK, Europe and Asia, our investors trust us to source what we consider the most sought-after investment opportunities and complex development projects. We go beyond simply providing access to these opportunities; we provide years of specialist knowledge and experience to drive sustainable value and to give us a competitive advantage in the market.
In addition, we have a dedicated real estate debt team targeting commercial real estate with a focus on investment grade, senior loan, and high yield bond markets. We seek investments in the sectors and geographies we believe provide the strongest downside protection and risk-adjusted returns.
We are active managers of real estate, combining an operational mindset with a research-led approach to generate sustainable income and maximise long-term value.
Data – Our dedicated in-house data scientists identify long-term market trends and short-term market disruptions that inform our investment decision-making, allowing us to identify what we consider the most attractive cities and locations
Active – We take an active ownership approach, developing tailored business plans for each asset that are constantly fine-tuned to generate optimum returns. These may encompass strategies such as (re)development, lease re-gearing, and enhancing sustainability
Hospitality – We apply a hospitality mindset to services, operations and lease terms, managing every asset as though it is a stand-alone business. This means optimising services, making efficient use of resources and adjusting lease terms to allow occupiers’ businesses to thrive
We believe integrating ESG considerations into our investments creates more resilient assets supporting financial returns. We aim to determine ways our portfolio can reduce impact on the environment and enhance social benefits for our tenants and surrounding communities. We have made a Net Zero Carbon Commitment and our Pathway is available here.
We set a sustainability policy annually which sets our commitments and objectives which we apply to all strategies and assess environmental and social impact within our portfolios. Our Environmental Management System is certified to ISO14001* and we are adopting the Operating Principles for Impact Management framework, duly adapted for the needs of our investment strategies. Our commitment has received industry recognition: we have participated in GRESB since 2011 and in 2020 all 9 funds achieved Green Stars, with one fund achieving a 5 star rating; we include sustainability in our fund reporting, achieving an EPRA Best Practice Sustainability Reporting Gold Award for the past 3 years.
*(for the asset management of direct real estate in the UK and Europe, ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system)
With a team of over 400 employees working across 19 offices around the world, we deploy capital as a force for good, building positive change. We value diversity and see it as a source of creativity and a way to get to better investment decisions, along with creating an engaging work environment.