We believe investing in property is a crucial part of the solution to a number of pressing social and environmental challenges – notably reducing carbon emissions, responding to demographic shifts and regenerating underserved communities.
Bridges invests in direct property or property-backed operating businesses, with a focus on growth locations, needs-driven sectors and value situations. By studying long-term trends, our team has been able to identify opportunities in growth sectors like healthcare, education, SME workspace and hospitality – often well before the mainstream market. We then draw upon our asset management expertise to drive value through physical, environmental and operational improvements.
We typically work with expert joint venture partners who not only bring specialist knowledge but also share our philosophy.
Bridges brought a new thought process about how to incorporate sustainability into buildings. They helped us open our eyes to the ways that sustainability can transform occupiers’ thoughts and aspirations, together with the financial benefits that go with that.Paul Jones, Managing Director, Evenacre
Flexspace: flexible managed workspace for UK SMEs
SMEs are key to economic growth, contributing disproportionately to job creation. This portfolio comprises 50 business centres offering a range of serviced office, light industrial and self-storage units. There are a total of 21,692 workstations in the business centre elements and 1,420,000 sq. ft. of light industrial and workshop units. We will also look to improve the properties’ environmental performance, and explore the possibility of tracking and reducing energy usage – while also creating additional workspace in existing buildings, supporting local business growth and employment.
Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes: 200 new homes for Londoners
Bridges acquired part of the Old Vinyl Factory site in a joint venture with HUB. The site is located within 400 metres of the connecting station of the new Crossrail route linking central London to Heathrow. Planning consent has been gained for over 200 new homes in two buildings, to be named The Material Store and The Boiler House. This development forms part of a large project to regenerate a 17 acre site that was once the EMI factory but has now been derelict for 40 years, which will invigorate the local community through local employment opportunities and the creation of new communal areas and leisure opportunities.
What we offer
- Up to £20m equity investment in properties and property-backed operating businesses
- An experienced investment team with strong sector expertise
- An entrepreneurial approach (to cover unusual deal structures and situations where substantial capital refurbishment is required)
- A strong record of showing that commercial performance and impact can go hand in hand