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Understanding UK Commercial Property Investments


The Investment Property Forum (IPF) launched 'Understanding UK Commercial Property Investments: A Guide for Financial Advisers' 2015 edition at a breakfast hosted by the Personal Finance Society (PFS) on 11 June, with more than 50 financial advisers attending.

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About the Guide

Guide ImageThis Guide is intended to provide an objective overview of the attributes of UK commercial property as a mainstream asset class and an outline of the commonly-available product structures through which investors are able to access the market, should direct property purchase not be the appropriate route.

The focus of this Guide is on commercial property rather than residential as, at present, the latter constitutes only a small part of the portfolios within both funds and property companies. It is anticipated that 'institutional' residential investment, together with that in other currently non-core, 'alternative' property sectors will become more significant in the next few years and therefore subsequent editions of the Guide are likely to be expanded to reflect these changes.

The content of this Guide relates to the UK commercial property market only. The performance of investment property in other jurisdictions may differ considerably from that in the UK for a number of reasons, not least differences in the relative size and respective liquidity of the market, the number and type of the participants and the respective valuation, legal and taxation frameworks.

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Talks from leading experts

As part of the launch delegates were given the opportunity to hear from three leading experts in this field. These sessions are now available to watch online:

The UK commercial property investment market & performance measurement
Mark Clacy-Jones Vice President and Head of Applied Research at IPD / MSCI


Commercial property as an asset class for retail investors
Philip Nell Senior Director and Head of European Retail Property Funds for Aviva Investors


Considerations relating to the legal and tax structures of property investment vehicles
Melville Rodrigues - Partner at law firm CMS Cameron McKenna


Useful links

The Size and Structure of the UK Property Market: End-2013 Update (July 2014)

Provides information on the size of the UK property market in terms of capital value, floor space, rental value, rental income and yields. 

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The Role of Commercial Property in the UK Economy (March 2013)

The relationship between commercial property and the economy is examined through employment, output generation and tax take.

Download »

"Unlisted funds - lessons from the crisis" three years on (January 2015)

John Forbes has written a blog post on the AREF and the Investment Property Forum (IPF) update seminar and panel discussion in May 2014 that revisited his 2012 report.

Read the blog article »