What we do
We have a long-standing commitment to investing, developing and creating partnerships for the future of UK healthcare infrastructure.
UK healthcare is changing rapidly, providing the opportunity to deliver a wider range of services and create a better experience for customers. Our in-house development team works as a proprietary pipeline to source land in ideal locations for healthcare. We believe new premises can be the catalyst for positive change and positive impact – so we work closely with architects, planners, developers and designers to create maximum impact and local economic benefits.
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Why develop with us?
Our team has worked with operators and developers to create modern, fit-for-purpose healthcare facilities which not only improve care for the community but make a positive impact on the landscape of the local area. They have expertise across a wide range of projects from care homes, retirement communities, housing with care, specialist education schools and private hospitals.
Our in-house development team works as a proprietary pipeline to source land in ideal locations for healthcare. We work closely with architects, planners, developers and designers to create maximum impact and local economic benefits. We actively involve ourselves in the planning process, attending public consultations and engaging with the community, to keep the customer at the heart of our work.
How we do it
At Octopus Real Estate, it’s all about what can be done, rather than what has been done in the past. We think “outside the box” to provide the best healthcare experience for our customers. Our integrated development and partnership approach means we support our customers through every step to ensure the success of their project.
Designing future care
We are firm believers that good design has a positive impact on the wellbeing, morale and effectiveness of people working in and using a building.
Every healthcare environment we design is unique and makes a real difference to the community.
Stress-free build process
The construction process can be a stressful time but Octopus Real Estate is here to take the strain. We are highly experienced in negotiating all aspects of building, from planning applications to ensuring high standards and regulations are met.
At Octopus Real Estate, sustainability is more than just “being green”. Sustainable development is a fundamental part of the project, ensuring new buildings meet both present and future requirements.
Richard is responsible for sourcing and developing new projects across the south of England. Sectors covered include primary and secondary care alongside extra care and retirement living. Richard is also part of the Octopus Healthcare Executive Committee.
With almost £1 billion* of funds under management in private investment funds for healthcare, Octopus Real Estate is helping to transform the UK healthcare estate. We work closely with institutional investors to help them achieve their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials by investing in the valuable work that takes place in healthcare provision across the UK.
*as of 31 March 2019
Our approach to investment
How we do it
Care Homes and Retirement Communities
The UK’s over 65 demographic is growing at three times the rate of the rest of the UK population, which places additional demands on healthcare services and creates the need for more specialist real estate.
In addition, this demographic has growing expectations of lifestyle and quality, which is quite different to prior generations.
Octopus Real Estate is investing in care homes and retirement communities that prolong independence, bring like-minded people together socially and centre around great designs adjusted for the customers’ age.
Octopus Real Estate previously managed MedicX Fund, the specialist primary care listed REIT which owned 165 GP surgeries across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with a gross asset value of over £800m. In March 2019, MedicX Fund merged with Primary Health Properties (PHP), another primary care REIT.
Under Octopus Real Estate’s management, MedicX Fund created a market leading portfolio of modern, purpose-built medical centres, delivering an annualised total shareholder return of 11% over the last 10 years. Its share price closed upon merger at a 17% premium to EPRA NAV per share.
Octopus Real Estate maintains its strong relationships with the NHS, Trusts, commissioners and providers.
Care Home Director
Ben has responsibility for all investment across the care home portfolio and chairs the Octopus Healthcare Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Octopus Healthcare Executive Committee.
Freddie joined Octopus Healthcare in 2010 and is responsible for acquisitions in the MedicX Healthfund I and MedicX Healthfund II funds, our care home portfolios.
Do you have a passion to innovate customer care?
Case study: One Ashford Hospital
Case study: Wadswick Green
Why become a partner?
We are seeking strong and ambitious entrepreneurs and management teams, with a track record of having “done it before”, growing and operating successful businesses at the highest level in their chosen healthcare sector. Our team has expertise across a wide range of projects, from care homes, retirement communities, housing with care and private hospitals.
We are obsessed with customer care and this sits at the heart of everything we do. We want to work with people who share this value and are equally driven by people and not profits.
This is why our benchmark for partners is high but for you this means the rewards will be substantial. Our promise is to work with you side-by-side, providing the funding and capital to grow your unique business. We will support you every step of the way to ensure your operation is exceptional and you become a market leader.
How we do it
We support our partners to grow and maintain operational businesses for the long-term. We only invest in entrepreneurs who share this value and are with us for the long-haul.
Our partners are experts in their fields. Our focus is on supporting our partners and doing everything we can to make their businesses market leading.
With access to multiple investment funds and expertise in capital raising, Octopus Real Estate takes a very different approach to funding. We have an innovative entrepreneurial approach to investing in your business, which means we can work with you to choose the best funding platform to help grow your business.
Octopus Real Estate is more than just money. We take clinical assurance and governance very seriously, and have a Clinical Assurance function to support you in ensuring your business is leading-edge from a clinical assurance and governance perspective.
Part of the Octopus Healthcare Executive team, Shay joined Octopus in 2012. Shay oversees new investments and portfolio companies.
Business Development Director
Identifying primary care investment and development opportunities, including joint ventures and strategic partnerships, through engagement with GPs, CCGs, NHS Trusts and other bodies.