In November 2014 we announced a funding relationship with Gatehouse Bank plc. The first tranche of the Gatehouse deal named ‘Thistle PRS’ delivered 918 new homes across 14 individual sites in Greater Manchester and the Liverpool area under the ‘DifRent’ brand. The commenced construction in December 2014 and was fully complete by March 2017. This expanded PRS portfolio is being procured with our house building partner, Countryside Properties, and lettings management partner, SDL.  A dedicated lettings brand, Difrent, www.livedifrent.com has been established for the Gatehouse portfolio as we look to create a substantial cohesive PRS portfolio focused on family homes in the UK regions over the next five years.

In December 2015, we launched a second phase of PRS homes, with a new Gatehouse Bank plc fund, UK PRS Properties, which was again taken to market under the ‘DifRent’ name. This fund is supported principally by the Kuwait Investment Authority and institutional shareholders from the State of Kuwait. The UK PRS Properties phase comprises a further 607 rental properties across seven sites and has a total development cost of £84m.

To visit the DifRent consumer website, please visit www.livedifrent.com

New homes built and in progress to date:

Site NameNo. units
Norris Green221
New Broughton120
Constellation Mill59
Royd Mill52
Hall Moss Farm59
Tootal Drive26
Moorland’s Green60
Bridgewater Park Houses68
Bridgewater Park Apartments74
Roch Bank61
Scotchbarn Lane35
Queen Mary Place64
Broadway Place88
Manchester Road Houses66
Manchester Road Apartments72
Highfield Green79
Bank Top43
Cromwell Road98
Regis Park98
Rose Mill82
Cromwell Road Phase 277