Major forward-funding deal agreed to kick off £100m development site

The Kent Street Baths site

Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) has assembled a £100m development site in the centre of Birmingham for its Edmond de Rothschild Residential Investment Fund UK, which invests in the private rented sector (PRS) on behalf of European institutional investors.

The £100m development, located on the site of the former public Kent Street Baths, will provide retail space, a café, gym and a residents’ hub along with a minimum of 406 mainly one and two-bed apartments for rent, which may increase to 420 units, subject to planning consent for an additional 14.

The 2.25-acre site, bounded by Bromsgrove Street, Gooch Street North, Kent Street and Henstead Street, was assembled by Edmond de Rothschild REIM in two forward-funding transactions. In the latest transaction it has agreed to forward fund the development of 127 apartments in one building in northern part of the site for £36.8m. The forward funding could rise to £40.9m, if planning consent is obtained to increase the size of the development to 141 apartments.

The new site is adjacent to the fund’s existing development of three buildings, comprising 279 apartments, for which it agreed a £49.7m forward funding deal at the end of 2019.

Construction, which will be carried out by Winvic Construction, is due to start on site this month and is expected to be completed in December 2023.

Charlie Miller, co-head of residential in the UK and director of residential transactions at Edmond de Rothschild REIM, said: “This ambitious placemaking scheme in the vibrant city of Birmingham continues our push to creating a well-balanced UK-wide portfolio of good quality purpose built rental properties in great locations”.

The Edmond de Rothschild Residential Investment Fund UK was launched in August 2018 and to date has raised equity commitments of around £260m, 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.

The fund’s first five acquisitions were also forward funding agreements – the Merlin Wharf site in the Waterside regeneration area of Leicester, Wellington House, also in Leicester, a site in the Stadium Quarter regeneration area in Warrington, a site in the Lace Market area of Nottingham and the first part of the site of the former Kent Street Baths in the centre of Birmingham.