UK remains key healthcare infrastructure market despite Brexit, research finds

The UK is one of the most attractive regions for future inward healthcare infrastructure investment, new research has revealed.

A new Octopus Healthcare report gathered the views of global institutional investors with a collective £6.8trn in assets.

The report forecasts the UK will attract the most inward investment into healthcare infrastructure over the next five years among those who are yet to invest.

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More than seven in 10 of those investors surveyed who are yet to invest in the sector said they were considering allocating funds to the UK.

Of those already invested in healthcare infrastructure, 60% said they already had focused investments in the UK.

Amongst the global institutions surveyed, 57% said they were considering investing in retirement housing, while 53% said they were potentially looking to invest in care homes.

The research found that retirement housing held a particular appeal to high net worth (HNW) family offices and insurance companies, while care homes were most in demand among HNW family offices and private banks.

Octopus said investment opportunities were being driven by the current shortage of good quality housing for later life which was urgently needed to accommodate the growing numbers of retirees and elderly.

While investor appetite is on the rise, the report identified a number of barriers to unlocking the sector’s potential, including regulation, lack of projects and relationships with operators.

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