Swiss Life Asset Managers and Mayfair Capital acquire their first residential development in the United Kingdom for an open-ended real estate fund




Swiss Life Asset Managers and its wholly owned subsidiary Mayfair Capital have acquired their first residential investment in the United Kingdom. Duet in Manchester has been purchased for 73,85 million GBP on behalf of an open-ended fund distributed exclusively by DEKA Immobilien in Germany. The seller was Moorfield Real Estate Fund IV managed by Moorfield Group.

Duet, developed and operated by the Moorfield Group under its “More” brand, was opened in 2019 and comprises 270 high-quality one, two and three-room apartments. Residents have a range of amenities at their disposal, including a gym, private work rooms, meeting room, waterfront garden, 24-hour concierge service, secure parking and bicycle storage. The development is also pet friendly. Duet has the highest satisfaction rating of all rental apartments in Manchester on Home Views, a platform for reviewing real estate.

Located in Salford Quays, 15 minutes from Manchester city centre, Duet is close to MediaCity, a media, digital and technology centre anchored by the BBC, which is expected to double in size over the next decade. Significant investments have been made in the site in recent months, including Landsec's acquisition of 75% of Media City's shares in November. The jobs created in the future will make the district attractive to other young professionals who will need high-quality and professionally managed rental apartments.

Jos Seligman, Transaction and Fund Manager at Mayfair Capital Investment Management, says: “Having created the conditions to expand Swiss Life Asset Managers’ residential real estate investments in the United Kingdom, this purchase is the first of several planned acquisitions. Duet is an excellent fit for our thematic focus on high quality modern residential developments which are designed for rental, meet our high ESG standards and provide an attractive demographic profile. As a long-term owner, we will work with JLL as managing agent and the experienced on-site team to maintain the high level of service residents already receive.”

Christine Bernhofer, CEO of Swiss Life Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft and COO of Swiss Life Asset Managers in Germany, says: “This transaction represents a perfect start in the UK market, which provides further diversification for our fund.”

Ross Netherway, Head of Origination at Moorfield Group, says: “We are proud to have developed Duet together with Glenbrook. The project set a new standard for residential properties in Salford Quays. This transaction is our third successful sale of a fully stabilised residential property in the past year and is in line with our value creation strategy. We have recently achieved a first close of MREFV, our fifth value-add fund, which will continue to invest in sectors supported by structural drivers such as demographics, societal shifts and technological disruption. In the residential sector we have added investing in single-family housing and houses in multiple occupation to supplement our successful track record in city centre Build to Rent apartments, purpose-built student accommodation and senior housing.”

CMS and JLL acted for Swiss Life and Mayfair Capital. Knight Frank and Shoosmiths acted for Moorfield.


About Mayfair Capital

Mayfair Capital is a UK real estate investment management business and a member of Swiss Life Asset Managers. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in London, Mayfair Capital is authorised and regulated by the FCA. Mayfair Capital serves a diverse client base, through its discretionary and advisory funds, which include The Property Income Trust for Charities, Mayfair Capital Property Unit Trust, Mayfair Capital Commercial Property Trust, Mayfair Capital Residential 2, Mayfair Capital UK Thematic Growth Fund and Cadogan Income Properties. As a Member of Swiss Life Asset Managers, Mayfair Capital is the UK real estate investment manager investing for Swiss Life’s diversified pan-European Funds. 


About Moorfield Group

Moorfield Group is a leading UK real estate fund manager with a 26-year track record of investing across most sectors of UK Real Estate. Moorfield is especially well known as a vanguard investor in emerging operational real estate sectors and has pioneered investment in student accommodation (since 1997), Build-to-Rent/PRS (since 2012) and senior living (since 2008). Moorfield also has an extensive track record in successfully identifying evolving investment themes in the office and industrial/logistics sectors.

Moorfield operates under a proven investment and asset management structure. This enables it to be a vertically integrated (in-house) asset manager, and also to partner with groups that have specialist operational or development expertise. Moorfield’s in-house and UK focused expertise uniquely positions it to appraise risk and deliver attractive returns to investors, while ensuring that it strives to meet the highest ESG standards through its net zero carbon commitment and social initiatives.

Since 2005 Moorfield has raised six real estate funds; five Moorfield Real Estate Funds (MREFs) together with a dedicated senior housing platform, Moorfield Audley Real Estate Fund (MAREF).



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