Moda Living secures major investment for new city centre rental schemes

Moda Living has secured new institutional investment from National Farmers Union Mutual (NFUM) and North American investment house Harrison Street to fund seven new city centre build-to-rent schemes.

The joint venture between Moda’s backers Apache Capital and Harrison Street, with additional investment from the NFUM, will support Moda’s plans to more than 7,000 rental apartments.

This deal, which has been called “one of the most significant deals ever completed in the build-to-rent sector”, marks the first time the NFUM has invested in build-to-rent.

Moda Living, the Harrogate-based build-to-rent developer part of family-run Caddick Group, has a £2bn pipeline of homes for rent with buildings set to include communal lounges, games rooms, rooftop gardens and even a running track.

Renters will benefit from premium level service, long leases and a wide range of inclusive features designed to boost wellbeing.

The seven developments included within this announcement include The Lexington in Liverpool, Broad Street in Birmingham, Springside in Edinburgh, Holland Park in Glasgow, New York Square in SOYO, Leeds as well as two sites in London.

According to Q3 research from trade body the British Property Federation, around 132,000 build-to-rent homes are finished or underway, up by a quarter year-on-year. During Q3, around 23,000 build-to-rent homes were under construction in the regions, compared to around 18,000 in London

Johnny Caddick, managing director of Moda Living, commented: “This is a huge milestone for Moda that will underpin the creation of thousands of new homes for rent, supporting major investment into many of the UK’s major cities.

“This funding announcement underlines the calibre of Moda’s offer and also shows how confidence in build-to-rent continues to grow. We’re delighted that Moda is part of amazing regeneration stories in the centre of Leeds and in prime positions across Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Being able to attract long-term, institutional capital is crucial if we are to build more homes.

“This is a major vote of confidence in build-to-rent and proof positive that Moda is well positioned to continue expanding and look at further acquisitions over the coming year.”

John Dunkerley, co-founder and CEO of Apache Capital Partners, added: “These new equity commitments underscore that the UK’s build-to-rent sector is developing into an institutional asset class, attracting long-term global investors.

“Harrison Street has been investing in and developing student housing assets in the UK since 2015 and we look forward to partnering with them and NFU Mutual as we expand our portfolio, which we will fund and operate with long-term institutional build-to-core investors.”

Rob Mathias, senior managing director at Harrison Street, said: “We are excited to partner with Apache Capital, a world-class class investor and leader in the premium UK build-to-rent space. The Liverpool BTR market is backed by strong demographics, including a large and growing population of young professionals who are not yet ready to buy a home, and the property itself is situated in a prime location.

“We have been closely watching the UK residential market for some time, and are pleased to bring the experience we have acquired investing in and developing high-quality purpose-built student accommodations across the UK, to this venture. The JV’s pipeline is very strong and we look forward to evaluating these additional attractive properties as we seek to identify new investment avenues for our clients.”

Tom Bostock, property investment manager at NFU Mutual, added: “We are pleased to make our first investment in build-to-rent, diversifying into a new and emerging sector in the UK. We identified Apache Capital as a long term partner with a unique premium portfolio that’s been carefully secured and being developed by them in partnership with Moda.”

Trowers & Hamlins, JLL and Macfarlanes acted for Apache Capital. Dentons and DLA Piper served as legal counsel to Harrison Street. Gowling and Knight Frank acted for NFU Mutual.

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