UPP creates new asset management company

University Partnerships Programme (UPP), the leading provider of on-campus student accommodation infrastructure and support services in the UK, has established a new 100% owned subsidiary company, UPP Management Limited (UML).

The creation of UML follows a strategic review and is part of UPP’s new five-year business plan, with the new asset management company set to focus on driving the long-term performance of UPP’s Special Purpose Vehicles, both individually and as a portfolio.

The move will see UPP moving to a three-subsidiary model in its twentieth anniversary year, having been founded in 1998, since which it has invested in excess of £2.5 billion in leading universities across the UK.

UML will work closely with UPP’s existing subsidiaries, UPP Projects Limited (the market-leading developer of on-campus university accommmodation) and UPP Residential Services Limited (the specialist provider of student residential management services).

The new company will play a pivotal role in the growth of UPP’s portfolio of around 33,000 rooms (under management or in construction) and 15 partnerships with leading UK universities, driving the long-term strategy for each partnership, while focusing on the condition of assets and plans to refresh accommodation.

UPP has appointed Mark Swindlehurst as Managing Director of UML. Mark joins from Lancaster University where he held the position of Director of Facilities. Having joined Lancaster in 2003, he led the University’s estates team through a significant campus redevelopment programme, including the investment of over £500 million in its Bailrigg Campus.

Sean O’Shea, Group Chief Executive Officer at UPP, said: “The creation of UML is an important milestone in the evolution of UPP with the Group moving to a three-subsidiary model in its twentieth anniversary year.

“UML will support our new five-year business plan as we continue to grow the number of rooms under management to more than 40,000 over the coming years and our portfolio of long-term partnerships with leading UK universities – reinforcing our position as the leading provider of on-campus student accommodation infrastructure and support services in the UK.”