The Rise ... and Rise ... of Build-to-Rent


Date: Friday 12-04-2019
Room: 5
Time: 15:35
Duration: 60
Cost: £0.00
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Build to Rent is rarely out of the property papers, promising a panacea for the housing crisis. Some of the cold hard numbers make impressive reading:

There are now 95,918 Build-to-Rent homes complete, under construction and in planning across the UK, according to research by the British Property Foundation.

On 5 March 2018, the Prime Minister Theresa May called for the entire private rental sector, including both the buy-to-let and build-to-rent sectors, to provide longer-term ‘family-friendly’ tenancies; the build-to-rent sector has already committed to offering this.

As build-to-rent continues to grow, it has also been able to diversify its offer – with 17% of schemes in the pipeline including houses, rather than just typical high-rise apartments.

The number of homes completed and under construction has risen by 46% in the past year alone, according to Savills, and the pre-planning pipeline is growing quickly; the build to rent pipeline could double to around 200,000 within the next two years.

A recent survey by the BPF showed that three quarters (75%) of MPs support build-to-rent and its contribution to UK housing supply.

Session host Richard Bowser is joined an expert panel for what promises to be a lively discussion of a hot topic in the sector.

Speaker Profiles

Richard Bowser

Editor | Property Investor News Magazine

One of the very few independent market commentators who, from 2002 onwards, regularly warned private investors as to the very clear risk factors relating to the purchase of new-build apartments for investment. In early 2007 Richard emphatically predicted that mortgage lending would quickly become more difficult and expensive and that investors should avoid carrying excessive debt levels on low yielding property. 

Roll forward just a few years and the impact of the banks’ increased risk aversion to property lending was plain to see, but back in 2007 the boom was still in progress and Richard's oft issued words of caution were foolishly ignored by many investors who remain in negative equity or faced repossession.  

Over the last decade Richard has regularly spelt out to investors the inherent risk of speculative investment strategies based on low yields and excessively high LTV borrowing. A sought after speaker at many property investor and landlord events, Richard’s views are widely recognised and valued - most importantly by the thousands of subscribers to ‘Property Investor News’.

Richard Valentine-Selsey

Associate Director of Residential Research | Savills

Richard Valentine-Selsey started his property research career in 2011. During this time, he has worked within the London office market and UK residential market at international property consultancies.

He joined Savills in 2017, working in the residential research consultancy team. He specialises in residential investment, student housing and modern methods of construction.

Ed Fowkes

Development Director | Prosperity Capital Partners

With over fifteen years’ experience in branding and interiors, Ed has a passion for design that he brings to his work as development director at Prosperity Capital.

Being a property investor and landlord, and having also owned a successful construction firm, Ed has a full understanding of the development process. As a result, he is able to take complex projects from planning through to successful completion.

A passionate believer in corporate social responsibility, Ed works regularly with charities and is always looking for new ways to give back to the community.

Gavin Fraser

Managing Director | High Street Residential

Gavin has worked in the construction and development field for over 25 years, holding senior leadership and director positions at Ballast Nedam, Rok Plc and Balfour Beatty. As National Housing Director for Rok Plc he helped grow the business from £250m to £1bn turnover in 10 years - including £300m per annum of residential projects for the Private Rental and Affordable Housing sectors.

Gavin has performed various roles as a non-executive adviser to Directors at Kier, Macquarie, United Living and Forrest, helping to grow their businesses through the creation of investment grade products in residential and energy.

Gavin’s skill is understanding specific investment appetite from both institutional investors and overseas buyers, identifying potential projects in the Build to Rent sector. His extensive expertise and knowledge of both the private rental and construction sectors ensure that the projects identified are both sustainable and deliverable in a cost-effective manner.