Longfellow Announces Further Growth of its UK Platform, Key Hires
Longfellow Real Estate Partners Announces Further Growth of its UK Platform with Key Hires Following First Acquisition in Cambridge
London, UK (December 12, 2022) – Longfellow Real Estate Partners (Longfellow), one of the largest privately owned investment managers and operators of life science real estate in the world, announced the expansion of its UK platform with the addition of Tom French as Director of Design & Construction. In this role, Tom will lead the firm’s development activities in the UK, collaborating closely within the Longfellow group to oversee conversions, developments, and redevelopments to deliver thoughtful and sustainable, best-in-class R&D space and amenities.
Tom joins Longfellow with a proven track record of development success. In his previous role, he served as Development Director with EDGE Technologies – one of Europe’s leading sustainably-focused commercial developers – where he was a member of the firm’s senior leadership team with responsibility for the UK development portfolio and team. Prior to EDGE, Tom spent 13 successful years at Derwent London, a London-focused REIT with a c.£6bn portfolio and a reputation as one of the UK’s leading commercial developers of the last 30 years.
The addition of Tom French to the UK platform comes on the heels of Longfellow exchanging agreements to enter into a partnership with PSP Investments and Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) targeting a £1.5BN venture focused on life science and innovation real estate across the UK. The first investment for the venture, Capital Park Cambridge – a 42-acre campus of approximately 250,000 square feet of innovation-focused workspace that is home to a dozen companies from sectors including fintech, agtech and biotech, through to patent law and the NHS – was secured in May of this year.
Longfellow’s footprint in the UK continues to grow as Tom joins the UK Managing Director, Alex Wright, and further recent team additions, Jonathan Wan (Associate Director, Accounting & Finance), Dilara Kaur (Associate Director, Asset Management), Tom O’Sullivan (Associate, Investments), and Veronika Cambalova (Office Manager) in the London office.
“We are thrilled to have Tom join our growing team here in the UK,” said Alex Wright, Managing Director, UK. “As someone with deep knowledge of the UK market and a keen focus on thoughtful design and sustainable development, he will be a key part of our ongoing success as we deliver projects and further grow our portfolio and team. We are delighted to welcome Tom, along with Jonathan, Dilara, Tom O’Sullivan and Veronika to Longfellow.”
“Longfellow is committed to building a best-in-class life sciences real estate team and portfolio in the UK,” said Adam Sichol, Longfellow Co-Founder & CEO. “The UK has a rich history of research and innovation and we look forward to partnering with the UK’s top institutions, companies and entrepreneurs on their laboratory requirements.”
Longfellow first expanded internationally to the UK in late 2021 with the hire of Managing Director Alex Wright to set-up the UK platform. Longfellow is a long-term, specialist investor in life science real estate with a total investment and development portfolio of more than 16.5 million square feet in the US and over $10bn in total asset value. The company invests through a series of funds and structures with a range of world-leading institutional investors. Longfellow has key campuses in top life science metro areas including Boston-Cambridge (Massachusetts), Maryland-Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and the Research Triangle of North Carolina.
About Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Longfellow Real Estate Partners is a real estate investment company founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. With over 200 employees in bio-innovation clusters across the US and UK, Longfellow partners with renowned universities and pioneering life sciences and technology companies to help bring visionary ideas to life. Driven by a passion to support those working to advance the human condition, Longfellow continues to grow and expand in the name of scientific progress. For more information, visit https://lfrep.com.
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