Overview

Our specialist team advise the private and public sector on the planning, funding and development of sustainable low carbon housing projects. We also advise on corporate M&A and investments in the housing sector.

We have a particular specialism in working on projects linked to decarbonising the built environment. This includes advising developers, investors, funders and the public sector on sustainable Net Zero developments as well as modern methods of construction, smart systems & energy efficiency. We are committed and invested to taking positive action on climate change (so as to achieve Net Zero in the built environment) and have announced our own pledge to be Net Zero by the end of 2026. Our work in MMC builds on our experience of complex infrastructure funding and delivery where pre-manufactured value has long been the norm.

We advise on all aspects of housing, across all tenures (including private development and affordable housing) and all sub-sectors and asset classes, including build-to-rent (BTR), retirement housing and student accommodation. Our housing specialists have advised on a range of schemes and projects, ranging from smaller single-site developments, 1,000+ unit single-site housing-led schemes through to multi-site development projects. Our advice has resulted in the construction of thousands of new homes and other infrastructure across the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Increasingly, housing is treated as an asset class within an infrastructure masterplan, and our expertise in infrastructure projects means that we are well placed to advise on all aspects of an infrastructure project requiring or enabling housing. Our report Perspectives on infrastructure: Housing includes interviews with business leaders from the housing and infrastructure sectors (including Legal & General, HSBC, TfL and St Modwen) and discusses this in more detail.

Areas of focus

Our housing expertise includes the following:

  • Construction
  • Corporate M&A
  • Disputes
  • Energy services
  • Funding (including debt and equity finance)
  • Housing infrastructure
  • Regeneration projects
  • Planning
  • Real estate
  • Environmental
  • Strategic land
  • Tax
  • Transport solutions
Experience

Advising FB Investors on its recommended partial cash offer for Sutton Harbour, an AIM listed company. Sutton Harbour is an award-winning waterfront regeneration specialist which owns and operates the historic Plymouth harbour and Plymouth airport.

Advising Malaysian-owned developer YTL on its entry to the UK housing market with the purchase of the former Filton Airfield, which has the potential for a mixed use regeneration including 2,675 homes and up to 24ha of employment land.

Advising St Modwen on its development agreement with Homes England to develop Locking Parklands, a new £400 million mixed-use 200 acre site. The site will create approximate 600,000 sq ft of employment space, 1450 new homes, a district centre, new schools, libraries and retail facilities.

Advising MAAS Capital Renewables B.V. in relation to a joint venture partnership between it and Solarplicity Limited in a residential asset company set up to install rooftop solar for supplying thousands of tenants of Housing Associations in the UK.

Acting on behalf of the landowner of Cardiff’s 7,000 home new ‘Garden City' providing strategic land advice for the ‘Plasdwr’ development.

Acting for Change Real Estate and a family office on the redevelopment of the 600,000 sq,ft Redcliff Quarter housing led mixed use development in Bristol’s city centre.

Acting for HSBC bank in relation to £80 million of facilities to a joint venture between Kier Developments and various social housing providers.

Acting for RBS and HSBC in relation to development and investment finance to Unite Students for over £500 million for residential accommodation.

Meet the team
Ross Polkinghorne

Ross Polkinghorne Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate
  • Infrastructure
Philip Beer

Philip Beer Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Transport
  • Energy and Utilities
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Racheal Ruane

Rachael Ruane Partner

  • Corporate Banking
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Asset Finance and Asset Backed Lending
Sally Jupp

Sally Jupp Partner

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Corporate Turnaround and Insolvency
  • Real Estate Investment and Development
Marcus Harling

Marcus Harling Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Transport and Regeneration
  • Modern Methods of Construction
Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Construction Disputes
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Ian Carnochan

Ian Carnochan Partner

  • Tax
  • Corporate Tax
  • Real Estate Tax
Colin Ligman

Colin Ligman Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
Richard Leeming

Richard Leeming Partner

  • Banking and Trade Finance
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Real Estate Finance
Euan Bremner

Euan Bremner Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Head of Scottish Real Estate
  • Head of Northern Irish Real Estate
Chris Godfrey

Chris Godfrey Partner

  • Corporate
  • Funds and Asset Management
  • Financial Services
Dominic Davis

Dominic Davis Partner

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
Robert Forman

Robert Forman Partner

  • Head of Scottish Real Estate 
  • Real Estate Advisory
  • Real Estate Investment

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