Colin has the right expertise to help you enhance your student accommodation or Build-To-Rent property.

Offering his clients insightful investment and funding advice, Colin is driven by his client’s successHe works with institutional investors, property companies and private equity funds, with particular expertise in student accommodation and PRS/BTRco-ordinating a specialist team within Bidwells.

Including Clarendon Shopping Centre in Oxford and Mount Pleasant Halls in Cambridge, Colin’s team has advised on over £1bn of projects, ranging from contemporary and innovative new build schemes to Grade I listed buildings. 

Among his impressive portfolio of work sits Grosvenor House, a £68.8m student accommodation block let to London School of Economics (LSE) on Covent Garden’s Drury Lane. The Team are currently assisting Aberdeen Standard with its asset management business plan, enhancing the accommodation and drastically increasing the fund’s net income.  

Colin’s multi-disciplinary student accommodation work was recognised nationally at the Student Accommodation Awards, where his team were named ‘Highly Commended’ for Agent of the Year.  

Colin is MRICS accredited.

We were impressed with Bidwells' unique knowledge of the sector, Colin Summers’ delightful to work with and we trust him unconditionally.
Hugh Leggat - Portfolio Manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments.



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Build to rent Blog 01.06.18

Build to Rent is a term used to describe private rented residential property, which is designed for rent instead of for sale. As the name suggests, Build to Rent (B2R) involves the building of homes specifically for the rental market. These developments are typically owned by companies (such as property companies or pension or insurance investment companies), and let directly or through an agent. B2R is an emerging, fast-growing market in the United Kingdom.

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13. Houses and apartments Blog 19.08.18

The Private Rented Sector (PRS) is a classification of housing in the UK. The basic Private Rented Sector definition is: property owned by a landlord and leased to a tenant. The landlord, in this case, could be an individual, a property company or an institutional investor. The tenants would either deal directly with an individual landlord, or alternatively with a management company or estate agency caring for the property on behalf of the landlord.

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Private Rented Property Blog 04.06.18

PRS property, or Private Rented Sector property, is a classification of housing in the UK. PRS properties are owned by landlords, who can either be individuals or companies, and leased out to tenants. Other UK housing tenure classifications are: housing association, council housing, and the owner-occupancy (home ownership).

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Prime Colchester Student Accommodation Development

Moorfield Group has entered into a JV development agreement with Melberry Developments to fund a 282 bed PBSA development in Colchester

Colchester deal

Monterey Mews, London, W10

A 1980s developed mews comprising nine houses converted into 53 HMO bed spaces. The mews is accessed via a private gate and benefits from nine car parking spaces.

Monterey Mews 3

Shopwhyke Road, Portfield, Chichester

Prime freehold development site just outside of Chichester city centre and within walking distance (circa 25 minutes) to the station. Site area totals circa 5.31 acres gross (circa 2.15 hectares gross). The site currently has outline planning permission for 521 student beds. Alternative uses include residential, build to rent, senior living or trade counter, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.

Shopwhyke Road, Portfield, Chichester

New Dover Road, Canterbury

The buildings comprise the majority of the CATS College Canterbury campus, a leading international boarding and summer language school, operated by Cambridge Education Group on a 25-year lease with RPI uplifts.

New Dover Road, Canterbury

Marketgait Apartments, Dundee

Bidwells acted for the vendor, Maven Capital Partners. The building was 100% let for the 2017 and 2018 academic years. The building provides 116 high quality beds comprising 22 en-suites and 94 studios. The purchaser was a Kuwaiti investment company, advised by 90 North.

Marketgait Apartments, Dundee

Grosvenor House, Drury Lane, London, WC2

Bidwells acted for the purchaser, Standard Life Assurance Ltd, and advised throughout the complex legal process, offering additional building surveying and planning services.

Grosvenor House, Drury Lane, London

Mount Pleasant Halls, Cambridge

Bidwells provided detailed local market knowledge and wider sector specific advice, including cash flow analytics and development funding. Let to St Edmund's College, this highly secure income stream was exactly what L&G was seeking to acquire to hedge its annuity liabilities.

Mount Pleasant Halls


Ambitious developer Brookgate set out to transform Cambridge’s fading train station area by delivering Lord Roger’s visionary 1.6m sq ft CB1 master plan. They needed more than just a team of consultants.

Microsoft Building, CB1 1

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