Lee Rowley MP opens inaugural NHBC Build to Rent Innovators event

Lee Rowley MP opened the inaugural NHBC Build to Rent Innovators event, joined by leading industry experts and professionals.

Lee Rowley MP and other guest speakers were in attendance at the NHBC Build to Rent Innovators event | BPF | BTR News
Lee Rowley MP and other guest speakers were in attendance at the NHBC Build to Rent Innovators event.

New homes warranty and insurance provider NHBC recently hosted the inaugural Build to Rent Innovators event, in partnership with the British Property Federation.

Held in central London, over 100 developers, investors, operators, architects, and other industry stakeholders gathered to explore the theme of ‘Innovation in the Face of Regulation’.

The event was opened by keynote speaker Lee Rowley MP, now Minister of State for Housing. The minister spoke about the importance of innovation in the housing sector and the challenges the industry faces. He also recognised the crucial role Build to Rent is playing in the market and its value in helping relieve housing shortages.

Lee also touched upon the government’s role in balancing regulation with the pro-growth, pro-development stance it takes to house building. He expressed the importance of housing quality and volume, encouraging high quality residential development in all sectors.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make our inaugural Build to Rent Innovators event such a success. The profile of Build to Rent in the UK property market is rising, and the evening brought together leading stakeholders to hear the latest developments in the sector. Build to Rent is facing challenges on many fronts, from the heightened regulatory environment to the increased cost of borrowing, but it continues to grow and thrive. NHBC works in trusted partnership with the Build to Rent market, helping developers build quality homes right, first time. The minister’s comments on the importance of quality chime with NHBC’s true north in championing quality, safe homes, while providing long-term asset protection to developers and investors.”

Niki Kyriacou, Sector Lead – Build to Rent, NHBC

Other speakers at the event included Polly Simpson, Head of Multifamily Development at Savills; Duncan Sutherland, Public Affairs Director at Sigma Capital; Olaide Oboh, Executive Director at Socius; and Jamie Smith, Development Director at Related Argent.

A broad range of industry stakeholders were in attendance including delegates representing British Land, Citra Living, L&G, Lendlease, Long Harbour, Abrdn and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, among many others.

“It was a pleasure to partner with NHBC for this unique event. All the delegates are innovators, in their own right, and the hard work that has gone into the Build to Rent sector over the past decade has been a privilege to witness. The Build to Rent sector is dedicated to building a better private rented sector and is conscious of wider placemaking and social value creation. It’s generating new opportunities for small businesses and harnessing new technologies to enhance its offer, but most importantly, it’s a sector very highly rated by its customers.”

Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy, the British Property Federation