Our Journey

We have a 20+ year track record of pioneering the UK PERE industry

In 1996 Marc Gilbard joined Moorfield as CEO and transformed it into the preferred private equity real estate partner for major overseas private equity groups. Since then we have operated as a listed company and a private company, and since 2005 we have been managing our own discretionary funds. We have invested in single assets, portfolios of assets and grown real estate backed operational businesses.

Moorfield is a business that was founded on a strong vision for investing with conviction and creating assets or business that look to the future to define user requirements – whilst maximising returns on equity invested. We have demonstrated this over many years, not only by our early investment into emerging sectors (including Build to Rent, Student Accommodation and Senior Living) but also our approach to our Traditional assets (Office, Retail and Industrial). We look to understand societal shifts in behaviours and the market gaps these create and we take an operational approach to managing real estate, driving income, occupancy and tenant retention through our customer focussed, hospitality based management approach.

Moorfield is a small team of handpicked individuals, each aligned with the interests of our investors. We pride ourselves on the high calibre of our team and the values that we share.

At Moorfield, we have an extensive track record of pioneering the UK PERE industry

  • Marc Gilbard and Graham Stanley earn the reputation of leading real estate equity investment advisers by heading up real estate advisory businesses at NatWest Markets and then Goldman Sachs International.

  • Marc Gilbard and Graham Stanley take control of Moorfield through a management buy-in - a company listed on the London Stock Exchange - and turn it into the first UK specialist JV partner for US private equity firms.

  • Moorfield creates Domain, a Student Accommodation business that between 1998 and 2006 builds c.5,000 beds as one of the first direct let portfolios of scale.

  • Moorfield back a management team to build a Budget Hotel business of 21 hotels across the UK, called Kew Green Hotels.

  • In a £100m management buy-out the Moorfield senior management takes Moorfield private.

  • Moorfield raises its first discretionary Value-Add/Opportunistic fund, MREF (£265m). MREF is invests in Shopping Centres, mid-market Hotels, and Student Accommodation.

  • Moorfield raises its second discretionary Value-Add/Opportunistic fund, MREF II (£389m). Moorfield continues to invest in alternative as well as traditional sectors investing in: Regional Offices, Logistics, Youth Hostels, Pubs (London), Build to Rent, Student Accommodation and Senior Housing.

  • Moorfield raises MREFIII (£251m discretionary and £105m co-invest) and invests: in Mixed Use investments, infrastructure related Offices, Logistics/Industrial, Student Accommodation and Build to Rent.

  • £1bn disposal of assets in a portfolio sale comprising of a number of MREF and MREF II assets. MREF and MREF II become fully divested. Moorfield retains asset management role for 3 years. Additionally, a senior housing fund (£200m) called MAREF is created to acquire and grow the Audley retirement village business.

  • MAREF senior housing platform created to expand the Audley retirement village business and launch of new mid-market proposition, Mayfield Villages (£200m raised).

  • MAREF successfully raises a further £85 million for Audley Retirement Village to take the total raised to £285m. Moorfield group invests in IPSX and MREFIV fundraising commences.

  • Moorfield raises £220m+ for new value-add real estate fund (MREFIV).

  • Moorfield launches Build to Rent brand, More. Superenting and The Moorfield Foundation makes its first social impact investment.

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Our Journey

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