This comes as The Fund makes its debut investment in Delancey and Oxford Residential’s DOOR SLP (“DOOR”) ‘build to rent’ housing platform to support the development of new quality housing stock for London.
DOOR is a dedicated residential investment vehicle - part owner of Get Living, the UK’s leading build-to-rent operator of large-scale residential neighbourhoods. DOOR will facilitate The London Fund’s investment in housing developments in areas such as East Village, Stratford and Elephant and Castle. This includes almost 3,000 homes under management, 1,870 homes under construction, a further 3,500 in the secured pipeline, with an overall target of 15,000 homes within the next five years. Get Living’s institutional ownership, provision of long-term tenancies and resident-only break clauses provide residents with security of tenure.
This investment is part of The London Fund’s focus on investment opportunities in real estate that includes the private rented sector affordable housing, regeneration schemes and specialist accommodation (eg senior living and co-living).
The Fund was established to provide sustainable, long-term and risk-adjusted value to pension scheme investors, while creating a ‘double bottom line’ by generating a social benefit in Greater London through job creation, regeneration and providing a positive environmental impact for Londoners.
Robert Branagh, Chief Executive Officer, The London Pensions Fund Authority, said: “We firmly believe that The London Fund provides a great way for us to deliver for our fund members and provide a direct benefit to communities in London. Residential housing stock is one of the most pressing issues facing The City of London, so long term, sustainable investment opportunities like that provided by DOOR can be a significant part of the solution.”
Chris Rule, Chief Executive Officer, Local Pensions Partnership Investments, said: “The London Fund is a unique partnership between Local Government Pension Schemes and pools to create sustainable and resilient assets that will provide value for our pension scheme members over the long term and at the same time offer focused investment opportunities that benefit local communities. Supporting large scale residential property projects is an important part of our investment strategy, and this investment will help deliver the ongoing stewardship of high-quality, affordable and professionally-managed homes.”
Mike O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer, London CIV, said: “I am very pleased to be working in partnership with LPPI and LPFA on this important development that seeks to deliver both good financial returns and wider social benefits. We are hopeful of further investment from our London borough client funds later this year.”
With combined assets under management of more than £37.2 billion (as at 31 December 2020), the Fund Partners are able to access a greater range of investment opportunities for The London Fund than would be available to each entity acting alone.
The London Fund’s portfolio focuses on investments in the City of London Corporation, the 32 London boroughs and their immediate surrounds, in assets such as residential property – specifically build-to-rent – and affordable housing, community regeneration projects and infrastructure, including digital infrastructure and clean energy.
Local Pensions Partnership Investments is the investment manager and London CIV is the Alternative Investment Fund Manager. By pooling their resources and networks, Local Pensions Partnership Investments and London CIV expect to have access to a greater range of investment opportunities for The London Fund than would be available to either entity acting alone.
London is expected to be the largest-growing region in absolute terms, to a population of 9.34 million by mid-2028. Whilst growth presents opportunities for residents and investors alike, it will almost certainly put pressure on the city’s housing and infrastructure. The London Fund is being created and designed to provide appropriate risk adjusted investment returns to support the ongoing growth in pension scheme assets whilst addressing the anticipated population growth challenges in the Capital, through large scale infrastructure projects/real estate investment in the Greater London area.