PROJECTS & CLIENTS
Who we work with in the Build to Rent industry
Sigma Capital Group plc
Sigma Capital Group plc is one of the leading providers of BtR family houses across the UK, and is an Investment Advisor to The PRS REIT plc. Sigma has a unique delivery platform, working closely with housebuilding partners, investors, Government, local authorities and managing agents alike to deliver a long-term, high quality product and an exceptional customer service for residents, whilst also delivering a complete and long term solution for investors. Sigma has delivered over 4,291 new homes (as at September 2021) for rent across the UK on behalf of The PRS REIT plc, which will rise to an imminent total of 5,200 new homes. Sigma has also delivered over 1,600 homes for Gatehouse Bank’s two fund streams: UK PRS and Thistle.
Gatehouse Bank is a UK Bank specialising in buy-to-let finance, commercial property finance and more. Gatehouse Bank setup two major BtR funds, consisting of around 2000 properties in total, and appointed Ascend as the sole lettings and property management agents. Through effective and efficient management, the portfolios were extremely successful and increased in value over the course of circa 5 years, which later resulted in Gatehouse Bank selling one of their BtR portfolios that was reported as a ground-breaking deal within the industry.
Simple Life is one of the UK’s leading private rental brands focused on the provision of high quality, new rental houses. Owned and created by Sigma Capital Group plc, the Simple Life portfolio now has over 3000 completed homes (as at December 2020). Simple Life offers renters the security of long-term tenancies, a professional service and total peace of mind that their rental journey will be made easy. In 2020, Ascend was appointed to asset-manage the Simple Life regional portfolio on behalf of Sigma.
Live DifRent is a portfolio of Build to Rent regional homes which has been under Ascend’s management since Q1 2019. It consists of an investment fund managed by Gatehouse Bank and Sigma Capital Group plc, with property sites located in various areas across the North West and West Midlands.
Grainger Plc are one of the UK’s largest professional landlords, operating since 1912. Since establishing a solid partnership in 2017, Ascend have worked with Grainger on a variety of lettings projects, including: Clippers Quay (Salford Quays), Tribe (Ancoats/New Islington), Indigo Blu (Leeds), as well as other sites across the North.
A consumer brand of Select Property Group, Ascend was appointed as the official lettings agency for this Build to Rent development which opened in January 2020. Throughout the partnership, Ascend has delivered many innovative ideas, from exclusive launch events to Virtual Reality tours.
International developer and Build to Rent manager, Atlas Residential appointed Ascend as lettings agent for the Anaconda Cut scheme, a 44 storey Europa Capital-funded block, that was announced as the tallest building in Salford. Ascend implemented a focused lettings strategy on a clear target audience to promote Anaconda Cut.