Harris Associates makes significant new BTR appointment

Harris Associates has appointed an industry leader from Savills as it launches its new Build to Rent division.

Alex Matthews has joined Harris Associates as its new Head of Build to Rent | BTR News
Alex Matthews has joined Harris Associates as its new Head of Build to Rent.

Investment agency Harris Associates appoints Alex Matthews as the firm’s inaugural Head of Build to Rent, to launch the company’s Build to Rent division.

Alex has eight years of experience in Build to Rent Capital Markets, and previously held roles at Savills and Colliers where he directed funding and investment strategies totalling over £3bn. Alex’s recent accomplishment included advising on projects involving 3,700 units, amassing a significant GDV that exceeds £1.3bn.

“We are delighted to welcome Alex to launch our Build to Rent sector. His invaluable experience in the sector and his entrepreneurial outlook, make him a perfect fit as the market evolves. Notably, Alex excels in introducing new investors to the sector while also leveraging Harris Associates marketing excellence to drive premium values for our blue-chip developer and investor clients.”

Jamie Harris, Head of Student Accommodation, Harris Associates

In his new role at Harris Associates, Alex will take the lead in securing funding, overseeing acquisitions, and strategically managing divestments within the Build to Rent sector. His mission is to enhance the company’s track record, which boasts a history of transactions exceeding £18bn worldwide since its establishment in 2002.

Under Alex’s leadership, Harris Associates will continue to expand its strategies to attract foreign capital and foster international partnerships, particularly from Asia-based investors through the firm’s strategic partnership with the Edmund Tie agency in Singapore (formerly owned by DTZ). This proactive approach will aid in creating new opportunities for growth and collaboration in the sector.

“I’m excited to become part of the exceptional team at Harris Associates that continuously transforms the real estate landscape through innovative strategies and revolutionary ideas, attracting the industry’s attention. The firm is strategically positioned to revolutionise the Build to Rent sector by introducing forward-thinking solutions, propelling the market into the future while also attracting new investors, including international partners.”

Alex Matthews, Head of Build to Rent, Harris Associates