Dutch pension fund manager PGGM and US-based real estate investment and development firm Sentinel Real Estate Corporation have formed a new partnership to develop and manage up to A$1.5 billion in build-to-rent communities throughout Australia.
PGGM’s first investment tranche opens up a pipeline of over A$700 million in initial development potential for the venture.
The partnership aims to develop a national portfolio of approximately 2,500 build-to-rent units, with the first two sites for development already confirmed.
Sentinel, through its vertically integrated platform, will provide investment management, development management and property management services to the partnership.
Michael Streicker, President of Sentinel Real Estate Corporation said: “Sentinel is proud to expand our partnership with PGGM into the Australian market. Their commitment to this venture is a clear vote of confidence in our build-to-rent platform and the future of the sector in Australia.
“We’re committed to continuing to deliver high quality, sustainable and community-focused living that enhances the housing choices available to Australians. This is particularly important at a time where changes in the housing market and supply levels are front of mind for so many,” said Mr Streicker.
Jikke de Wit, Senior Director Private Real Estate of PGGM said: “We are excited to expand our relationship with Sentinel into the Australian build-to-rent market. Although the sector is still relatively small, we believe that it will grow over time and become an important part of the Australian housing market.
“Sentinel is a longtime partner of PGGM in the US and we are confident their expertise will help us build a new portfolio of high quality, low carbon apartment communities. The sustainability of this investment contributes to our client PFZW’s long-term ambition to align their real estate investments with the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Ms de Wit.
Sentinel currently has more than 1,300 Build to Rent units under various stages of development throughout Australia.