Gresham House’s BSIF I secures £15m loan for Sheffield build-to-rent project

Press release - 15 October 2021

Press release - 15 October 2021

Gresham House, has secured a three-year, £15m loan from boutique multi-specialist bank Leumi UK to fund the development of 229 sustainable and high-quality build-to-rent apartments in central Sheffield. The agreement comes as the UK’s build-to-rent sector continues to see impressive growth amid increasing investor recognition of the resilient income opportunity and social benefits for local communities.


The loan was agreed via a majority owned holding vehicle of Gresham House’s British Strategic Investment Fund I (BSIF I). BSIF I is a closed-ended 12-year fund that invests in sustainable and affordable housing, as well as sustainable infrastructure projects, around the UK. The strategy closed last year with commitments worth £300m from several major UK institutional investors, including seven local authority pension schemes. At present the fund has delivered or is in the process of delivering approximately 850 build-to-rent units across UK regional cities and towns.

The Sheffield project comprises a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments on Scotland Street, a prime location within walking distance of Sheffield city centre’s main retail hub and the city’s two universities. The apartments will be developed by RISE Homes, the development platform of BSIF that specialises in sustainable, high-quality, and fairly priced housing developments in the North and Midlands. Law Firm Addleshaw Goddard advised the lender on the transaction.

Joe Thomas, Investment Director, Housing at Gresham House, says:

“This loan will enable BSIF I to deliver its pipeline of sustainable mid-market build-to-rent housing – a strategically important area within the UK’s broader residential sector.  “The build-to-rent space remains a compelling investment opportunity, with resilient income streams thanks to the residential sector’s inelastic demand characteristics. The development of the scheme will make a meaningful impact towards meeting the needs of Sheffield’s growing population of renters.”


Gez O’Sullivan, Relationship Manager, Property Finance at Leumi UK, adds:

“Leveraging our property finance expertise, this funding solution will support BSIF I’s impactful investment strategy and deliver an exciting new rental offering to Sheffield at a time when there is increasing long-term demand for high-quality, affordably-priced rental properties in major urban centres. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Gresham House over the coming years.”


Nigel Rawlings, CEO, RISE Homes comments:

“Sustainability is becoming ever more of an essential consideration for renters when it comes to choosing their home. The apartments within this development offer renters a modern, sustainable way of living in a great location that they can comfortably call home for years to come. We look forward to providing a better way of renting in years to come.”



Rachel Orton, Real Estate Partner at Addleshaw Goddard, says:

“Build-to-rent has become one of the UK’s most in-demand real asset investments, having remained particularly resilient throughout the pandemic. This is a fantastic deal to have worked on. The scheme will provide high-quality, sustainable housing in a key city-centre location, with excellent access to university campuses, green space and key transport hubs.”

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