RE Capital expands into UK BTR with new senior hire

RE Capital expands into the UK Build to Rent sector with a key senior hire, who joins from Strawberry Star Homes.

Yuan Sun, Head of Residential Development, RE Capital | BTR News
Yuan Sun, Head of Residential Development, RE Capital.

Pan-European investment, development and asset management company – RE Capital – announces it is set to expand into the UK Build to Rent and Build to Sell sectors with a new senior hire. The appointed, Yuan Sun joins the company as its Head of Residential Development.

RE Capital’s UK team has focused on redeveloping heritage buildings into attractive and sustainable modern offices to date. Yuan will lead the pan-European company’s entrance to the UK Build to Rent and Build to Sell residential and mixed-use markets. She will also sit on the firm’s pan-European executive team and support the company’s Lisbon team, which has a growing portfolio of residential property in the Portuguese capital, including the LX Living and AAA23 luxury living developments. 

“RE Capital is investing in and developing some excellent schemes across Europe, so to have the opportunity to join the team and spearhead its entrance into the UK residential market is a privilege.”

Yuan Sun, Head of Residential Development, RE Capital

Yuan joins RE Capital from Strawberry Star Homes where she oversaw four major mixed-use regeneration projects with a combined GDV of over £700m. Prior to that, Yuan served as Head of Development at London Legacy Development Corporation, where she was responsible for Stratford Waterfront Residential (now known as the East Bank) and Pudding Mill Lane, as well as working at Greenland UK, where she led the development of two major residential schemes, which included securing planning consent for the 67-storey Hertsmere House scheme at Canary Wharf.

“Yuan’s impressive credentials boost our pan-European strategy of creating places that meet the wants and needs of their inhabitants. There is huge growth potential for quality residential in the UK and Yuan’s experience, paired with the wider RE Capital team’s expertise in development and asset management, ensures we are in a strong position to deliver positive outcomes for our investment partners.” 

Newman Leech, CEO, RE Capital

Yuan has broad experience in residential and commercial property, including a stint at Tishman Speyer Properties, where she worked on the development of Goldman Sachs’ European headquarters.

“Yuan joins an already strong team with some brilliant names on her CV and plenty of outstanding experience in delivering quality residential and commercial developments.  This is a key hire as we expand our design-led, ESG-focused projects into the UK residential sector.”

Simon Banks, Head of UK Real Estate, RE Capital