Property experts put future of Birmingham’s booming BTR sector under spotlight

The future of the booming build-to-rent (BTR) sector and its impact on the Birmingham rental market will come under the spotlight when property experts gather in the city this month.

Leading national property specialist Centrick is hosting an Association of Rental Living (ARL), formerly the UKAA, seminar entitled ‘Bullish on Birmingham: BTR in the UK’s second city through the investors’ lens’ on May 16.

Situated in the heart of England, Birmingham already boasts 2,862 completed BTR homes across 10 schemes with a pipeline of around 17,500 new homes, the strongest outside London. The panel of speakers will address the question – What is the outlook for BTR investment in the city?

Jane Morcom, group business director at Centrick, said:

“Birmingham is a leading light in the growth of the build-to-rent sector in the UK and the prospects for future growth in the city are outstanding. We are excited to be hosting this unique ARL Midlands Hub event, to focus on the latest investor sentiment and current BTR market trends for Birmingham as well the wider region. 

“We will be seeking answers to questions such as what sets Birmingham apart in the eyes of investors, what can the city learn from others in the UK and internationally, and what is the outlook for the rental living sector in the wider region?”

She added:

“I’m hoping we will be joined by as many property people as possible at this in-person ARL event to gain expert market insights on how the Birmingham and wider Midlands market is performing and to hear candid opinions from a panel of leading UK and European investors.”

Brendan Geraghty, ARL CEO, said:

“We’re delighted to be bringing together ARL members and non-members to share insight and opinion around Birmingham’s BTR market. The Midlands Hub is growing significantly and it’s vital to bring the sector together to shape the future of BTR in Birmingham.” 

Centrick’s recent Love Where You Live report on BTR development and resident attitudes within key cities across the UK identified Birmingham as one of the UK’s key BTR centres. With a young population, thriving culture and opportunities which are pulling people away from the capital and towards the West Midlands, it’s no wonder Birmingham has attracted an abundance of interest from developers and industry bodies like ARL. 

New BTR schemes are beginning to take shape across the city with upcoming developments at Great Charles Street, Snow Hill, Broad Street, Digbeth and in the Jewellery Quarter. 

The event, which includes a light lunch, will take place from 12.00noon to 2.00pm on May 16 at the Centrick Academy, the new state-of-the-art training facility, at The Exchange, Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3PJ. 

Speakers include representatives from Centrick, Savills, London property developer Telford Homes, specialist real estate investment, development and management firm Long Harbour and Heimstaden, the company behind Birmingham’s Soho Wharf BTR development. Tickets can be booked via the ARL website.

Located at Centrick’s Birmingham headquarters, the new academy promotes excellence in across the property management sector from BTR and PRS to Building and Estate Management. The new initiative is part of the company’s £1 million investment in both people and technology solutions and is designed to build on the company’s existing digital learning platform. 

Birmingham-based Centrick, which also has offices in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Gerrards Cross and Fareham has grown consistently since its inception by successfully prioritising innovation, expertise, and building trusted relationships with its clients to deliver high quality service and results. First opening its doors in 2005, the agency now has over 26,500 properties across the UK on its books and manages over £4 billion in client assets.

About Centrick

Centrick’s vision is simple, “To make customers’ lives better everyday, the Centrick way” and for almost 20 years Centrick has nurtured, driven and grown its team by delivering industry leading service. Centrick prides itself on being a company of knowledgeable industry experts with a trusted, joined-up approach to all aspects of residential property. Innovation is at the heart of everything it does, helping it to adapt to the ever-changing market. This is all underpinned with a strong ethical code of trust and family values, where the team works as one to deliver exceptional service. National residential property experts, Centrick is forward-thinking and agile; always looking for new ways to work flexibly to meet the needs of its clients, using its strength and depth, across the property sector. By investing in talent, leading the way on industry practices, developing its technology and systems, it delivers outstanding service to clients. Providing services across the UK, with offices in Birmingham, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Gerrards Cross and Fareham Centrick’s services include:

– Build to Rent – BTR, Student & SFH

– Building & Estate Management

– PRS Portfolio Asset Management

– Property Asset Management

– Valuation

– Professional Services 

About the Association for Rental Living (ARL) 

The Association for Rental Living (ARL), previously known as the UK Apartment Association (UKAA), represents all institutionally backed, professionally managed purpose-built rental living sectors including urban and suburban single-family and multi-family rental, co-living and later living. 

Continuing the legacy of the UKAA, the ARL is the recognised membership body for the BTR sector, and its subsectors, delivering an increasingly amplified and unified voice for the purpose-built rental sector. 

Its vision is to redefine the very concept of rental living through the global transformation of the sector, pioneering a world where exceptional, sustainable homes to rent are a first choice. ARL membership currently stands at c. 330 organisations across the rental living sector ecosystem, reaching 4,500+ professionals. 

It is committed to setting and raising standards across the BTR sector as demonstrated by the BTR Code of Practice.

The ARL is also a member of the global alliance of the NAA (National Apartment Association of USA), which represents over 82,000 members with more than 10 million rental housing units globally.  

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