Bilfinger GVA delegation heads to PRS Forum, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

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Delegates from leading real estate adviser, Bilfinger GVA are attending the Movers and Shakers PRS Forum in Edinburgh on Thursday 6 October.

The PRS Forum Scotland is a one-day event for private and public sector leaders and key stakeholders to debate and exchange ideas.

Building on last year’s inaugural conference, The PRS Forum Scotland will explore the progress in making “Build to Rent” happen in Scotland. The Private [Housing] Tenancies Bill, launched on the day of last year’s event, will be enacted and other associated policy and regulatory initiatives will be advanced.

The event will also explore what progress has been made, what the current prospects and challenges are for developing rented accommodation in Scotland on scale and what the appetite is for investment.

At 10am, Alastair Carmichael, Head of Real Estate Finance at Bilfinger GVA will be on the panel for, ‘Where’s the Value? Where’s the Money?’ He will be accompanied by Dan Batterton, Fund Manager, Build to Rent, Legal and General Investment Management Real Assets; Philip Nell, Fund Director, Hermes Real Estate and; Richard Jackson, Managing Director, Apache Capital Partners. The session will be chaired by Andrew Screen, Senior Director, Residential Capital Markets at CBRE.

Following lunch and an opportunity for networking, Richard Slipper, Senior Director in Planning, Development and Regeneration at GVA will be on the panel discussing, ‘Where’s the Public Support?’ Joining him will be: Tracey Menzies, Real Esate Partner, Brodies LLP; John Hamilton, Former Chair of SPF & CEO, Winchburgh Developments; Linda Leslie, Team Leader, Private Rented Sector Policy, Scottish Government and; Lynsey Thomson, Team Leader, Financial Innovation Unit, Scottish Government. Robin Blacklock, Planning and Development Director, Scotland, Grosvenor Britain and Ireland will chair the session.

Alastair Carmichael, Head of Real Estate Finance at Bilfinger GVA, comments: “I’m delighted to be attending tomorrow’s event in Edinburgh, alongside colleagues from across our national network of multi-disciplinary teams. The PRS market has emerged in recent years as a key sub-sector of the UK residential market and is gaining momentum, becoming a more attractive proposition for lenders/investors and a range of tenants. Scotland is setting itself apart from the rest of the UK by considering and implementing a range of stimulus policies for PRS. GVA is a market leader in the provision of development and transactional advice to the UK PRS and to date has advised on PRS transactions with an investment value in excess of £1bn.”

For more information about Bilfinger GVA’s PRS offer, please visit to learn more or contact Alastair Carmichael, Head of Real Estate Finance at Bilfinger GVA on 020 7911 2201 or