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Countryside Properties is currently the fastest-growing listed housebuilder in the UK*. Barclays helps them stay on the growth track and meet rising demand for housing.

*Source: Countryside Properties

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1. Countryside Properties is a leading UK housebuilder and regeneration company. (Source: Countryside Properties)
2. UK population may reach 74 million by 2039. (Source: “Overview of the UK Population: July 2017” Office for National Statistics, 21 July 2017.)

A shortage of housing fuels growth

In real estate, supply and demand have always ruled. Countryside Properties has known this since it was founded 60 years ago. The UK housebuilder and urban regeneration partner has grown steadily as the population has grown sharply in and around London. To manage this level of growth, it helps to have Barclays as both a strategic partner and corporate lender.

“The demand for our product is strong,” says Ian Sutcliffe, CEO of Countryside Properties. “But we're mindful that we've got to make that growth in a steady and organized way.”

Barclays’ expertise in the housing sector helps Countryside stay nimble and react to the confluence of market forces currently shaping demand. Increasing numbers of people are immigrating to the UK from overseas. Households tend to be smaller, and people are living longer. More homes are needed just to stand still.

In London alone, we need around 50,000 homes a year to meet the growing demand.
Ian Sutcliffe, CEO, Countryside Properties

Brendan Jarvis, Managing Director at Barclays, specialises in the housing sector and works closely with Countryside Properties to analyse the market. "Monitoring the dynamic between supply and demand across the UK and also regionally, is really important,” says Jarvis.

Building for scale & community

Watch a series of short videos to find out what it takes to grow in volatile markets and still deliver homes to meet the demand of a rising UK population.

Population growth in the UK

For Barclays, a key to meeting rising demand is providing Countryside Properties with access to equity capital, and the debt capital needed to be agile enough to purchase land. Watch the video

No place like home

Countryside's mission is known as “placemaking” and it encompasses everything from building sustainably to creating green spaces to incorporating youth centres, medical facilities and shops into building plans. Watch the video

Growing – and going public – even during uncertainty

Against the backdrop of Brexit, Barclays co-led the IPO for Countryside, helping to frame Countryside’s potential to investors. Watch the video

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Population growth in the UK 

For Barclays, a key to meeting rising demand is providing Countryside Properties with access to equity capital, and the debt capital needed to be agile enough to purchase land.

No place like home 

Countryside’s mission is known as “placemaking” and it encompasses everything from building sustainably to creating green spaces to incorporating youth centres, medical facilities and shops into building plans.

Growing – and going public – even during uncertainty 

Against the backdrop of Brexit, Barclays co-led the IPO for Countryside, helping to frame Countryside’s potential to investors.

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About our experts

Brendan Jarvis is a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate for the EMEA region at Barclays, based in London. Brendan has worked with the firm’s principal real estate clients for a number of years, originating many high profile deals. These include cross-border public to private acquisition transactions and bank and capital market corporate financings. He joined Barclays in 1972 and his depth of experience in banking across more than four decades has seen turbulent property cycles, as a credit officer, lending banker and industry sector head.

Stephen Younger is a Director within the Real Estate team at Barclays operating predominantly in the South East & Eastern Regions of the UK. Stephen provides day to day banking services including debt finance and liquidity management to clients across the Real Estate spectrum whilst also ensuring that specialist bankers from within the Barclays Group are deployed to meet the specific needs of his clients when required. He joined Barclays in 2008 and has worked in Real Estate finance for over 20 years.

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