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BTR sector receives £1.7bn of institutional investment

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While £762m was committed in Q2 2022 compared to £1bn in Q2 2021, the figure is still 31% above the long-term quarterly average

In a further sign of its growing strength as a market, £1.7bn of institutional investment was pumped into the UK’s Build to Rent (BTR) sector in the first half of 2022, according to the latest research from Knight Frank.

While £762m was committed in Q2 2022 compared to £1bn in Q2 2021, the figure is still 31% above the long-term quarterly average. Overall H1 investment was 25% higher than the long-term average.

In the two years since the onset of Covid-19, the amount of investment committed to UK BTR has totalled just shy of £9bn.

Nick Pleydell-Bouverie, Head of Residential Investment at Knight Frank said: The numbers, which track both on and off market deals, point to the ongoing resilience and strong investment appeal of the sector – even in the face of continued build cost inflation and a more challenging economic backdrop.

The incredibly robust income offered by BTR and strong rental growth across the sector are continuing to attract significant new capital to the market, Pleydell-Bouverie said.

Average deal size for Q2 was over £75m, up from an average of £64m per transaction in Q1. Pleydell-Bouverie noted: Increasing lot sizes reflect an ongoing search for scale among new and existing entrants to the market.

Key deals to have transacted in the second quarter include Grainger’s acquisition of Redcliffe Quarter in Bristol for £128m, Get Living forward fund of Maker’s Yard in Birmingham for £136m and Heimstaden’s £125m forward sale in Edinburgh, the latter showing the continuing flow of international capital into the UK market.

Positive momentum is expected to continue this year, with a further £3.1bn worth of deals likely to complete by the end of 2022. Knight Frank forecasts that yearly investment could hit £4.8bn by the end of 2022.

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