HSPG's Leeds office opens
A new office opens
Another new milestone for us here at HSPG – this month, in May 2022 we announced the opening of our third and latest office, in Leeds. We began our journey in 2015 with two Manchester-based school friends setting out to solve the homelessness crisis and finding a gap in the market for social impact investors looking to access residential property investment opportunities delivering positive outcomes for the most vulnerable members of society.
Since then, we have expanded from our head office in Manchester by adding an office in Soho, London and now a new office in Leeds city centre. This incredible recent growth has seen the team doubling from 20 to 40+ in the last two years and operating in three main divisions; Affordable Housing, Supported Housing and Asset Management.
The Leeds team
Based out of this new office, we will have the Asset Management team, led by Head of Asset Management, Tom Finch. Tom and his team oversee the management of housing portfolios on behalf of landlords and institutional investors. The team work in partnership with supported housing providers, ensuring compliance, maintaining client relationships and overseeing contract management.
Tom’s team consists of Laura Varley – Relationships Manager, the main point of contact for local authorities, third party providers and investors. Ben Salt – Asset Manager who manages the HSPG Asset Management department and Ayesha Arifeen – Property Manager, who looks after move ins, inspections, and organises any maintenance with landlords and tenants.
Tom also takes the lead on our in house Registered, Provider Park Properties Housing Association. This fast growing Registered Provider has properties available on a shared Shared Ownership basis and for rent via local authority Nominations Agreements in Leeds and throughout the UK.
Working alongside Tom’s team, based out of our Leeds office will be Jack Robson – Senior Acquisitions Manager. Jack works within the Supported Housing team, specialising in sourcing and acquiring properties to grow and manage social housing portfolios. Jack works with housing providers, developers and HSPG advisors to originate new social housing opportunities and ensure the smooth handover of existing acquisitions.
The team’s achievements
The Asset Management team has taken on over 300 supported living units, 120 properties on new let, 21 self-contained 2 and 3 bed apartments and 14 properties providing homeless alleviation. This work is in partnership with councils and local authorities spread through the north of England – covering areas from Greater Manchester right through to West Yorkshire and the North East.
The team are working on new initiatives to provide a range of family properties and self-contained units within the West Yorkshire area, as well as providing accommodation for people who are tenancy ready. Another project in the pipeline is a new development site to provide discounted market rent accommodation for key workers within West Yorkshire. If you’d like HSPG to support you with similar project, please reach out to the team on their details below.
Meanwhile, in 2021 the Supported Housing team created homes for almost 1,400 vulnerable people across the country by acquiring properties for £136 million. This year, the team aim to continue enabling people to live fulfilled lives in their community, targeting property purchases of over £200 million. The Supported Housing team has recently announced the completion of a new 152 unit portfolio, providing much needed supported housing within 3 local authorities and will continue to deliver much needed support for vulnerable people in the country.
The team will be based out of the historic grade 1 listed Leeming building, in Leeds city centre. The iconic period property has undergone a recent refurbishment, providing a combination of original features mixed with modern finishes. The new office overlooks the Victorian atrium of Leeds market, the largest covered market in Europe.
When asked about the new office opening in Leeds and a move to the Leeming building, Head of Asset Management, Tom Finch said “I’m thrilled to be moving to the heart of Leeds city centre and work in such an iconic and historic building. The team is looking to continue to build relationships in West Yorkshire and this gives us the perfect platform to support as many people as we can.”
Contact the team
Tom Finch, Head of Asset Management: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Varley, Relationships Manager: email@example.com
Ben Salt, Asset Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ayesha Arifeen, Property Manager: email@example.com
Jack Robson, Senior Acquisitions Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org