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Investors flock to Barwood Capital’s innovative UK regional residential investment platform


November 2019

Barwood Capital has raised £9.21 million from investors in its innovative Barwood Residential Investment Platform (“BRIP”) to provide investors with the opportunity to invest and access value in the UK’s regional residential development market.

The discretionary investment platform targets a 25% return on capital over the period of each scheme. The platform invests in 12-15 new residential development projects per year with a geographical spread across the UK, through bespoke ‘Packages’. The strategy is that Barwood Capital funds approved small local developers with schemes that have between five and 25 houses typically in locations where there is sustainable demand for three, four and five bedroom homes and social housing from the owner-occupier, second time buyer market, rather than overseas’ investors.

BRIP I has invested to build 57 homes across five sites in New Malden, Kingston upon Thames, Sutton in Bedfordshire, Benenden in Kent, Tongham in Surrey and Deanshanger near Milton Keynes with a total GDV of £24 million. The first BRIP show home has recently opened in New Malden, Surrey on budget, ahead of programme and within 12 months of the initial investment.

BRIP II has invested in a new home development in Wimbledon, co-invested in BRIP I’s project in Deanshanger, and has projects in solicitors’ hands in Brighton and Burnham Market. The total GDV is expected to be more than £25 million.

All the BRIP I & II projects have planning permission and developers in place which include: Kidbrook Homes, Resolution Homes, Wedgewood Homes, Stephenson Homes and Imagine Developments.

Steve Chambers, director, Barwood Capital said: “We have seen a strong uptake in our platform with new and repeat investors gaining access to a geographically spread portfolio of diverse projects that would otherwise be inaccessible to individual investors. We are supporting local regeneration and small developers, rather than large PLCs, to build much-needed new homes.”

Barwood Capital is expected to raise investment for BRIP III in January 2020 with the same target for fundraising and return as BRIP I & II. The platform is unique in providing registered investors with the opportunity, but not the obligation, to make multiple investments following a single registration.

The news follows the recent announcement that Barwood Capital has raised £48 million for its fifth commercial property fund, Barwood Regional Property Growth Fund IV for which it continues to seek large industrial estates, alternatives and selective offices, requiring between £5 million to £10 million equity with refurbishment and development opportunities.

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