Thriving Investments secures €117m equity from USS to grow Picture Living (GB)

Thriving Investments secures €117m equity from USS to grow Picture Living (GB)

Thriving Investments has secured a further €117m of equity from Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) for its flagship private rented sector (PRS) strategy, Picture Living (the platform). This latest commitment will support Thriving Investments’ ambition to grow the Picture Living portfolio to in excess of 2,000 homes by the end of 2024, delivering positive, place-based impact, whilst reflecting the continued appetite from UK pension funds for exposure to income focussed real estate that delivers long-term, stable returns.



Picture Living has a mandate to deliver high-quality new or modern, predominantly singlefamily, homes for rent across the UK, concentrated around population hubs that benefit from strong transport links and community infrastructure. Its focus is on schemes or portfolios of 30 to 80+ homes.  Touchstone, the specialist property management business of Places for People, manages the current portfolio on a day-to-day basis.



The mandate aligns with Thriving Investment’s wider commitment to create and regenerate residential-led communities across England and Scotland through both an environmental and social lens, with every home in the portfolio targeting an EPC B or higher rating.



Jamie Younger, Fund Manager for Picture Living, commented: “This commitment extends our partnership with one of the UK’s largest pension schemes and reinforces our strategy to date as a differentiated fund manager with a social conscience, delivering much-needed single-and-multi-family home-led communities across the UK. Solving the UK’s rental crisis has become an issue of national importance, and one where it has become increasingly apparent that the solution to delivering homes at the scale and pace required lies with institutional capital and fund managers. Our focus now is to deploy the capital into new opportunities, leveraging our strong housebuilder relationships to grow the portfolio to over 2,000 homes.




Alex Turner, Head of Property at USS, said: “We continue to increase our exposure to asset types which provide resilient and stable cash flows that align with the long-term pension promises we make to our members, plus benefit from strong macro tailwinds in the sector. Picture Living complements our other investments in the Living sector including PBSA, equity release, shared ownership and residential development lending.


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