Our Journey

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

At Moorfield we have spent the past 21 years researching, analysing and innovating to show that real estate investment is about more than just buildings. Over 21 years ago 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 student accommodation, budget hotels, senior housing, hostels to name a few) but also our approach to our traditional assets. We look to understand changing behavioural patterns and business adaptations and invest in assets that can be repositioned to appeal to the modern occupier.

Over the past 21 years Moorfield has grown from a small number of disciplined individuals to an experienced and focused team of some 30 people who are intimately networked across the UK. We pride ourselves on the high calibre of our team and the values that we share.

At Moorfield, we have a long history of identifying market shortcomings and providing solutions through innovation.

  • 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 (£200m raised).

  • MREFIV fundraising

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