Property Investors

Watkin Jones is a market leader in the creation of long term real estate investments for purchase by institutional funds and private investors. In the last two years alone the Group has traded in excess of £450 million in student assets and delivered to the market over 6,200 student homes.

The Investment team combines our presence in the UK land market with our expertise in planning, development, construction, finance and long term building management. This knowledge and experience gained from operating for over 20 years in the student sector means we can offer high quality assets that meet the requirements of the alternative investment market, delivering opportunities that help limit purchaser risk at all stages of the development cycle.

Many of our development sites are offered to the market on the basis of a forward commitment or forward funding style purchase at the stage where Watkin Jones have secured the land and gained planning consent for prime student led development. Watkin Jones disposes of either single assets, or on occasion releases a portfolio of properties which gives our clients the ability to secure scale and diversity in a single transaction.

The key benefits that we offer to our clients can be summarised as:

  • An on-going source of new build developments in prime locations within high performing university cities across the UK.
  • A wealth of experience in terms of planning, product design and evolution gained from direct building management experience and the delivery of over 25,000 student homes.
  • Confidence in terms of quality and delivery, with a reputation built over a 200 year heritage in construction and in providing investment assets to a range of institutional clients.

Although student housing forms a significant portion of investment activity, the nature of developing mixed-use schemes means we can often have commercial and residential investments available. As such we actively engage with the full spectrum of larger real estate investors to understand specific requirements and offer appropriate investment assets.

Should you wish to discuss in further detail, please contact a member of our Investment team on 0203 617 4440 or