PIC invests GBP130m in central Manchester BTR project

Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), a specialist insurer of defined benefit pension funds, has acquired a prime city-centre site in Manchester as the location for its first Build to Rent project, investing GBP130 million to fund the construction of 520 residential apartments, over 6,000 square feet of commercial space and 102 car parking spaces.

The construction project, which has full planning consent, will deliver high-quality homes and help regenerate a key part of the city centre. It is expected to create 40 new jobs and employ 650 people during the construction phase, with completion due in 2024.
 
Muse Developments, a part of the Morgan Sindall Group, is the developer, and VINCI Construction UK, a specialist civil engineering, construction and facilities management company, are the contractor.
 
Tracy Blackwell, CEO of Pension Insurance Corporation plc, says: “With a portfolio in excess of GBP40 billion backing the guaranteed pensions of our c230,000 policyholders, PIC is a significant and purposeful investor in the UK’s infrastructure. I am delighted that we have now secured our first Build to Rent project, a significant step as PIC continues to grow. This investment, which will have a positive effect on the local economy, will provide long-term, secure cashflows to back our pension payments in the decades ahead.
 
“I want to thank our partners, Muse Developments and VINCI Construction UK, for their help so far and I look forward to successful completion in 2024. We are actively engaged on a number of similar opportunities across the UK and have a strong pipeline going into 2021.”
 
David Burkinshaw, development director at Muse Developments, says: “Reaching completion on the forward funding deal with PIC is a significant milestone for all partners, as we bring forward the first phase of this innovative gateway development. This deal highlights investor confidence in our long-term vision to transform and repurpose an under-utilised site in Manchester city centre.
 
“At Muse, we’re committed to bringing the best of the public and private sector together, to drive economic and social prosperity right into the heart of our towns and cities when it’s needed most. Key ingredients to achieving this are to deliver high-quality designed schemes next to major transport infrastructure, but importantly with a core purpose to meet the diverse needs of our communities. We look forward to working closely with PIC and our contractor, VINCI, as we progress this first-class scheme.”

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