Residential Land support a Powered Wheelchair Programme through “the PROPS” Lunch in May, 2014

Residential Land was delighted to attend the 23rd PROPS Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane in May.  This prestigious annual event is organised by Variety Club for the very best in the property sector.  It was a wonderful afternoon raising over £300,000 to support the charity and especially the Variety Wheelchair programme.

For the second year the event was hosted by Martin Bayfield, a long-time supporter of the charity. He lent a cool and calm charm to proceedings, effortlessly taking a more comedic tone when required.  He was assisted by Miss World 2014, Megan Young, who helped him to present awards to the lucky winners.  Alongside the 800 property professionals in attendance were ambassadors Megan Wood and Freya Levy, both Team GB Paralympic basketball hopefuls whose wheelchairs are provided by the Variety Club.

Residential Land’s donation to the charity has been spent on a “Salsa-Midi” powered wheelchair for 10 years old Ellis Cull from Kent. Ellis’ family have explained the difference the wheelchair has made to their lives; “Having this powered wheelchair means a lot to us, as now we can enjoy more time together outside. Ellis already enjoyed couple of trips to the river and his first trip to a hockey game. All this is just a beginning”.

 

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Support our team and help us raise money for The AHOY Centre charity

On the 19th of June 2015 Residential Land will take part in The Oarsome Property Challenge! We decided to take on this particular challenge as it makes a refreshing change from the normal croppedimage750400-home1 property industry fundraisers and of course to raise as much money as possible for the Ahoy Charity. This charity dedicates itself in changing people’s lives and building life skills through sailing and rowing.

It will also be a great opportunity for us to scour the river for any potential residential opportunities that may not be visible from the road! Emma Whitby-Smith, Head of Investments has promised to take a notebook along with her, so she can make notes of locations, whilst rowing!

The Watersports based charity’s primary objective is giving opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk youths by offering opportunities for disabled people to participate in activities and courses on an equal level.

We have a pledge; by the day of The Oarsome Property Challenge on the 19th June 2015 we must raise £4,000 for The Ahoy Centre. Please help us to do this. Anything will help! You can make a donation HERE

Thank you for all your help and support. If you would like to read more about the charity, please follow the below link to the AHOY Centre website.

http://www.ahoy.org.uk/

RESI Awards 2015

Residential Land was recently featured in a Property Week article about the Resi Awards 2015.

Residential Consultancy Practise of the Year winner Savills and Residential Land CEO Bruce Ritchie

Savills stood out for the judges, who noted that 30% increase in turnover and 9% rise in fee income. Instrumental in the development of the Private Rented Sector  (PRS) and active in the Student Housing sector, the firm was also praised for its ” conception to crematorium” range of services and for having the largest commercial valuation practice in the UK. ” They are leading the built-to-rent sector advisers” said the judges.

Highly commended Delloite Real Estate Praised for “coming at things from a different angle” and its work as lead adviser to the National Grid and Berkeley on their St William joint venture, launched in November.

 

Residential Land on fire at The Mayer Brown Shooting Challenge

Residential Land attended The Mayer Brown Shooting Challenge and was held at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School in aid of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Breast Unit Charity.

The day itself was extremely successful and the charity of choice managed to raise a very worthwhile amount. Charity shoots like this are a highly successful way of raising significant funds for worthwhile causes, while also giving supporters the opportunity to share in a rewarding and memorable experience.

Bruce Ritchie at The Mayer Brown Shooting Challenge

Bruce Ritchie at The Mayer Brown Shooting Challenge in aid of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Breast Unit Charity

The Royal Berkshire Shooting School was established over two decades ago. The Shooting School is recognised as the finest facility of its kind, having one of the most expansive shooting grounds in the country.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Breast Unit Charity is one of the largest breast cancer research facilities north of London and undertake a great deal of clinical research trials. The charity supports patients, staff and visitors at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex. They also enhance patient care, purchase special equipment, improve facilities and invest in vital research which is beyond the scope or limits of the NHS.

There are a number of ways to donate, simply follow this link for more information on how to leave a donation.

Residential Land headline sponsors of RESI Awards for fourth year in a row

 

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As headline sponsors of the RESI Awards 2015, Residential Land CEO Bruce Ritchie opened the awards with a short introduction.

 

Residential Land were headline sponsors for the RESI Awards on Wednesday 13 May 2015 for the fourth consecutive year.  Property Week RESI Awards was another huge success and saw over 1200 property professionals fill the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

The awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise excellence within the residential property industry

and celebrate the successes of that year. The event is an extension of the popular annual RESI conference, and has instantly established itself as an equally important networking event for the residential property sector.

Residential Land would like to say a very well done to all of this year’s winners!

This year’s winners included:

Residential Consultancy Practice of the Year – Savills (Sponsored by Residential Land)

Ritchie also presented the award for Residential Consultancy Practice of the Year which was awarded to Savills.

Ritchie presented the award for Residential Consultancy Practice of the Year which was awarded to Savills.

International Sales Agency of the Year – JLL

UK Sales Agency of the Year – Savills

Letting Agency of the Year – Knight Frank

Property Manager of the Year – Ringley Chartered Surveyors

Residential Investment Agency of the Year – Knight Frank

Asset Manager of the Year – Grainger

PRS Deal of the Year – Mace

Deal of the Year – Deloitte Real Estate

Large Developer of the Year – The Berkeley Group

Small Developer of the Year – Mount Anvil

Development of the Year – Royal Wharf – Ballymore and Oxley

Newcomer of the Year – Resonance

Landlord of the Year (Privately Owned) – Get Living London

Landlord of the Year (Registered Social) – A2Dominion Group

Residential Financier of the Year – The Royal Bank of Scotland

Student Accommodation Operator of the Year – Unite Students

Residential Personality of the Year – Sean Mulryan - Ballymore Group

Residential Land are big supporters of Property Week and what the RESI conference’s and Award shows have done for the residential market. We are already looking forward to this year’s RESI conference at the Celtic Manor on 7th - 9th September 2015.

See more pictures and video HERE

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Residential Land CEO Bruce Ritchie with Fiona Freeman (left) and Susan Geddes

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Residential Land guests

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Residential Land Sales Consultants Sibel Osman (left) and Vanessa Vaara

Residential Land proud sponsors of Hoops Aid

Residential Land was proud to have sponsored Hoops Aid, the biggest basketball extravaganza in the UK, which took place on Sunday 10th May 2015 at the O2 Arena.  Hoops Aid, a pro-celebrity basketball event, was set up by Sports Traider Charity* founder Lance Haggith.

This year due to its success in 2013, Hoops Aid joined up with the British Basketball League Play-off Final’s for the first time ever. There was an astonishing 17,000 people that attended this amazing event, making it a truly memorable basketball experience.

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The former heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora was involved, who was also joined on the court by the likes of Olympians Jamie Baulch, John Regis and Andy Turner, Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead MBE, Priest Lauderdale, “world’s strongest footballer” Ade Akinfenwa, The Voice winner Jermain Jackman and Steve-O from Jackass, among many more.

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For more info on Hoops Aid 2015, follow them on twitter @hoopsaid – or visit http://www.sportstraider.org.uk/hoops-aid/

*Sports Traider is a youth-focused charity offering youngsters the kit and support they need to discover and fulfill their sporting ambition and potential, whatever their background, ability or disability.

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Residential Land are proud to have sponsored Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie’s London Marathon triumph

Last weekend, Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie took on the 2015 London Marathon and we are proud to announce that he completed the run in a very respectable time of 4 hours 12 mins.

As ever, the London Marathon was a huge success with over 38,000 runners and 750,000 spectators cheering the runners on.

Ben comments: “The atmosphere was out of this world but the last 5 miles or so was absolutely gruelling”.

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Ben has managed to surpass his goal of £2,000 by some way which is an amazing effort. The money raised will make up 10% of the cost for a fully trained Guide Dog. Not only this but Guide Dogs UK have also given Ben the opportunity to name a puppy!

It is still not too late to sponsor Ben and help raise funds for Guide Dogs UK. You can visit Ben’s JustGiving page here.

Guide Dogs UK is a charity which relies totally on the support of the public to fund the guide dog service. They breed and train guide dogs which provide life changing mobility and currently have 4,500 working guide dog partnerships in the UK

Residential Land host the RESI Awards 2015 shortlist party

On the 14th April, more than 120 property professionals gathered in the Residential Land garden at 59-60 Grosvenor Street for the RESI Awards drinks reception which was attended by all the shortlisted nominees. It was a fantastic evening, with much to celebrate for the residential property market.

Here is a short video of how the evening unfolded with short speeches from Bruce Ritchie, CEO of Residential Land and Liz Hamson, Editor of Property Week.

Click on the video to start watching:

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Below are the names of those who have made the RESI Award’s 2015 shortlist including Residential Land who have been nominated once again for ‘Landlord of the Year.’ Residential Land are headline sponsors of the event and are presenting the award for ‘Residential Consultancy Practice of the Year’ at the awards ceremony on the 14th May at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

Categories:

Landlord of the Year (Privately Owned) – Sponsored by FirstPort
• Residential Land
• Grainger
• Get Living London
• Wellcome Trust
• RBS Real Estate Management

International Sales Agency of the Year – Sponsored by Accouter Group
• Chestertons
• Knight Frank
• Colliers International
• JLL

UK Sales Agency of the Year – Sponsored by Giles Landscapes CMS
• Savills
• CBRE
• Knight Frank
• Chestertons
• Assetz for Investors
• Strutt & Parker

Letting Agency of the Year
• Countrywide
• Knight Frank
• Chestertons
• Savills
• JLL

Residential Consultancy Practice of the Year – Sponsored by Residential Land
• Knight Frank
• CBRE
• BNP Paribas Real Estate
• EC Harris
• Savills
• Strutt & Parker
• AECOM
• Deloitte Real Estate

Property Manager of the Year – Sponsored by SLC Solicitors
• Rendall and Rittner
• Gordon &Co
• Burlington Estates (London)
• FirstPort
• Warwick Estates
• Savills – Prime Estates
• Ringley Chartered Surveyors

Residential Investment Agency of the Year – Sponsored by Deverell Smith
• Knight Frank
• CBRE
• Knight Knox International
• Savills

Asset Manager of the Year – Sponsored by Yardi Systems
• Grainger
• Inspired Asset Management
• Legal & General
• Knight Frank
• RBS Real Estate

PRS Deal of the Year – Sponsored by Savills
• Fizzy Living
• Grainger
• Muse Developments
• Mill Group
• CBRE
• Royal Bank of Scotland/Apollo Global Management
• Mace

Deal of the Year – Sponsored by Investec Structured Property Finance
• Grainger plc
• M&G Real Estate and HUB
• CBRE
• Essential Living
• Deloitte Real Estate
• JLL

Large Developer of the Year – Sponsored by CBRE
• L&Q
• Redrow Homes
• Hill
• Linden Homes
• The Berkeley Group
• Ballymore Group

Small Developer of the Year – Sponsored by LSL Land & New Homes
• Pocket
• A2Dominion Group
• Alchemi Group
• Mount Anvil
• Mar City Homes
• Regal Homes

Development of the Year – Sponsored by Knight Frank
Banyan Wharf – Regal Homes
Macaulay Walk – Grainger
Royal Wharf – Ballymore and Oxley
South Bank Tower – CIT
The Eagle – Mount Anvil
The Malt House – Mar City Homes

Newcomer of the Year – Sponsored by Mount Anvil
• The Countrywide & Hermes Residential Property Fund (Vista Residential Real Estate Fund )
• Mill Group
• Resonance
• Essential Living
• NEAT Developments
• The Accouter Group
• Greystar Europe Holdings Limited

Landlord of the Year (Registered Social)
• Home Group
• A2Dominion Group
• CityWest Homes
• L&Q
• Nottinghill
• Genesis

Residential Financier of the Year – Sponsored by Colliers International
• Barclays Real Estate
• Investec Bank
• Omni Capital
• Pluto Finance
• The Royal Bank of Scotland
• Urban Exposure

Student Accommodation Operator of the Year – Sponsored by Roomservice by CORT
• iQ Student Accommodation
• The Student Housing Company
• Scape Student Living
• CRM Students
• The Nido Collection
• Vita Student
• McLaren Property
• Unite Students

Residential Personality of the Year – Sponsored by Chestertons
• To be announced on the evening

Restoring Sight 2015 – Savitri Waney Charitable Trust

Residential Land have proudly supported the Savitri Trust for a number of years now and are still focussed on helping this worthy charity. The video below shows some of the struggles that blindness brings with it and sends a gentle reminder that all the hard work done so far is not yet finished.

Click on the video to start watching:

Savitri Waney Charitable Trust video

In India a little goes a very long way… to give you an idea:

  •  £16 will subsidise a cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital in Bihar, India
  •  £35 will cover the entire cost of a cataract surgery under the Mission for Vision programme in India
  •  £40 will cover the entire cost of a cataract surgery under the Mission for Vision programme In Nigeria
  •  £570 will construct a well and improve the income generation capacity of  2-3 poor farmers.

*Please note that the cost of a cataract surgery varies from region to region due to factors such as security, provision of doctors and cost of resources.

There are many ways in which you can become a donor of The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust and enhance the lives of the poor in India.

http://www.savitri.org.uk/donations/

About the charity:

The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust was founded in 2001 by Mr Arjun Waney, a philanthropist and businessman of Indian origin, in honour of his late mother Mrs Savitri Waney. Arjun and his family decided to consolidate their resources and form this Trust through which they could support and monitor their charitable activities.

http://www.savitri.org.uk/

Find other stories on The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust:

-          Support the Savitri Trust Annual Charity Dinner

-         Supporting the Savitri Waney Charitable Trust

Residential Land sponsors London Marathon run for Guide Dogs UK

 

Residential Land is delighted to be sponsoring Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie  who will be running the London Marathon, on the 26th April 2015, for the charity, ‘Guide Dogs UK’.

To begin raising funds for this worthwhile charity, on Thursday 8th January 2015, Ben organised a cheese and wine tasting evening in the ‘Clive Room’, a private dining space, at the East India Club in St James’ Square, London. The event was a huge success with 35 guests attending, including Hilary Leacock and her guide dog, Coco. The evening raised an impressive £647.03 through ticket sales and a raffle alone.

As corporate sponsors, Residential Land Ltd, have agreed to double the total amount raised, which effectively means that the amount raised that evening was £1,294.06 for Guide Dogs UK

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”Ben comments: “I have pledged that by the day of the marathon I will have raised £2,000 for Guide Dogs UK. I have given my word to do so and I would like to surprise them by raising even more.”

The grand total is currently sitting at £1,769.96 out of the £2,000 target with less than 4 weeks to go.

If you would like to sponsor Ben on his marathon attempt and help raise funds for Guide Dogs UK then please visit Ben’s JustGiving page here.

Guide Dogs UK is a charity which relies totally on the support of the public to fund the guide dog service. They breed and train guide dogs which provide life changing mobility and currently have 4,500 working guide dog partnerships in the UK

 

 

Residential Land seals landmark debt deal and launches £650m fund

Residential Land was recently featured in a Property Week article detailing the backing received by HSBC and their new venture with Ivanhoé Cambridge.

Read the full article below:

Bruce Ritchie article 27th Feb 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Ritchie’s Residential Land has secured one of the largest refinancing deals ever in the UK private rented sector and embarked on a fresh £650m push into prime central London

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HSBC has backed Residential Land with a five-year £320m facility at a loan-to-value of 55%, with the debt secured against homes held in Residential Land’s four funds with Canadian pension giant Ivanhoé Cambridge and Apollo Global Management.

The deal marks the first time Residential Land has sourced external debt for the four funds, which have invested or committed £800m since 2012. The refinancing demonstrates the strong appetite among lenders for debt on rented holdings, with HSBC fighting off competition from 13 rivals, including shortlisted lenders Met Life and Crédit Agricole, to secure the deal.

Ritchie has also embarked on a new venture with Ivanhoé Cambridge, which will see the Canadians investing in a fifth fund with investment firepower of £650m. Ivanhoé will work directly with Residential Land, rather than through Apollo, for the first time.

Ivanhoé has committed to an initial three tranches of £90m of equity, coupled with equivalent debt, alongside investments from Residential Land and Apollo’s head of real estate in Europe Roger Orf, who is personally investing in the new fund. Each tranche is likely to be invested over six months and Ivanhoé has indicated its willingness to commit to additional tranches.

The new fund will invest in a much broader area of prime central London, taking in areas like the South Bank, parts of north and east London and the Isle of Dogs. It has already bought Circus Apartments, a 40,000 sq ft building attached to the Four Seasons Hotel in Canary Wharf, from City & Docklands, for £31.5m. The building has 45 existing apartments let to serviced apartment operator BridgeStreet until March this year, when Residential Land is open to a new operator coming on board.

Residential Land has also increased its upper price point for investment from £1,500/sq ft to £1,650/sq ft, and plans to invest in areas where there are opportunities to benefit from the ripple effect of prime central London moving outwards.

Ritchie told Property Week: “We are pleased that finally there is a successful example of long-term PRS investment in central London by an institution that shows with the right level of returns it can be as profitable as any commercial equivalent.”