Downing prepares for record-breaking year

To prepare for the record-breaking year, Downing is launching a recruitment drive to attract new senior recruits to join its 200-strong team. 

Downing's Square Gardens co-living scheme in Manchester | BTR News
Downing's Square Gardens co-living scheme in Manchester.

Developer Downing is preparing for its busiest year to date in 2025, with ten new projects planned to start on site at locations across the UK, equating to £1.6bn.  

In just the first quarter of 2024, Downing has already acquired five UK sites spanning Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle, Brighton and London that all expect to start on site in 2025. 

Most recently, Downing unveiled its landmark Square Gardens co-living scheme in Manchester. After topping out in 2023, the development is set to welcome residents this autumn.

“This year and next are set to be record-breaking ones for the Downing team. Since January, we have already completed five deals, worth over £60m at locations spanning the country. We expect ten exciting projects to go on site in 2025, more than we have ever had in one year before, in our whole 35-year history. 

“We are continuing to actively look for new investment opportunities throughout the market. Building on our experience and track record of delivering high quality, sustainable accommodation in leading UK cities. it is an extremely exciting time to join Downing, Successful candidates will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the business as we continue to deliver our ambitious pipeline in a fast-moving market.”

Bay Downing, Investment Director, Downing

Other notable projects in the pipeline for next year include developments in Leeds, Manchester and Wandsworth in London. Collectively, these ten projects contribute to the £1.6bn pipeline set for 2025. This builds off the company’s strong track record that has seen it deliver over £2bn in real estate development.

In line with Downing’s trajectory, the firm is looking to add to its ambitious team to facilitate its continued growth. It is recruiting a range of senior multidisciplined roles, across investment, construction and development.

To support its continued growth, the property developer has recently relocated its headquarters in Liverpool to the newly refurbished No.1 Old Hall Street. The new office is 50% larger than its previous site to support its expanding 200-strong team.