PGIM Real Estate raises GBP190m to launch UK Affordable Housing Fund

PGIM Real Estate has launched its UK Affordable Housing Fund, with an initial capital raise totalling GBP190 million, from the Northern LGPS and Brunel Pension Partnership. 

The open-ended income-focused UK Affordable Housing Fund targets a total return of 6-9 per cent per annum, net of fees and costs, by investing in and developing affordable homes for working people and families across the UK. The Fund is also able to leverage, giving it the potential to deploy up to GBP250 million at launch. The Fund is managed by an experienced team of investment professionals at PGIM Real Estate including Senior Portfolio Manager, Paul Dennis-Jones and Head of UK Transactions, Charles Crowe.

Northern LGPS, combines the assets of Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Merseyside Pension Fund and West Yorkshire Pension Fund. Brunel Pension Partnership brings together circa GBP30 billionn investments from ten public pension funds across West and South West England. There has been a collapse in supply of UK affordable housing since the 1970s, with lack of affordability exacerbated by the end of local authority housebuilding. In 2018/19, just 57,000 affordable/social homes were built in England, versus an estimated annual need of 145,000. This investment will aim to help alleviate the supply and demand imbalance in the affordable housing sector.

PGIM Real Estate has a strong affordable housing track record, making its first investment in UK affordable housing in 2016 – which include portfolios in Hull, Reading, Southampton, Dunbar, Glasgow and South Yorkshire. Since 2010, PGIM Real Estate has committed $5 billion globally into more than 180 properties with ESG components -- including affordable housing and urban regeneration. With PGIM Real Estate’s robust ESG strategy and rigorous risk management framework, this strategy strengthens the firm’s long commitment to sustainability and ESG.  
Crowe says: “We are pleased to unveil our UK Affordable Housing strategy, which has been supported by the Northern LGPS and Brunel. With a major supply/demand imbalance within UK affordable housing, PGIM Real Estate’s strong track record in this space provides a mutually beneficial opportunity for working people and families in the UK, as well as for income focused investors.”

Dennis-Jones adds: “This strategy strengthens our commitment to delivering positive sustainable solutions whilst creating value for our investors. There is a clear social need to be met in the affordable housing sector. Our deep global expertise in ESG, in combination with our long history of investing in this sector means we are able to build safe and quality homes to meet social demand and deliver long-term investment performance.”

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