Residential Council

The mission of the ULI UK Residential Council is to enable the delivery of more sustainable residential development, property management and investment across the UK, while fostering and implementing best practice.

Residential Council

The UK Residential Council’s utilises ULI’s extensive public and private networks to exercise leadership and share best practice for the responsible management, design, investment and development of domestic properties across the UK.  Our programme this year will focus on four main areas: garden cities (new towns), capacity, affordable housing and build to rent (PRS).

Who we are

We are leading designers, developers, investors, property owners and managers, engineers, academics and civil servants, as well as other professionals, all active in the UK residential property sector. We welcome members and participants from the public and private, large and small organisations who care about advancing best practice across the all fields of the residential sector.

Our Approach

We work with industry representatives and the public sector in the UK to establish the national agenda and the European Council internationally, to ensure that we are sharing best practice and thought leadership with our members in the UK.

Build to Rent

In April 2014 the UK Residential Council published Build To Rent: A Best Practice Guide, a seminal industry guide for the residential sector. The Guide, co-sponsored by the UK Government’s Private Rented Sector Taskforce, aims to provide a valuable and practical guide to the market for the development and ownership of purpose-built residential stock that meets the needs and aspirations of future investors and renters. A second edition was released in late 2015.

Order Build To Rent: A Best Practice Guide 2nd Edition

Order Build To Rent: A Best Practice Guide 1st Edition

Build to Rent Webpage

How do I become involved in the Residential Council?

  • Submit a formal request to Liz Waller.  You may be asked to submit a CV or bio in order for the co-chairs to balance council membership.
  • Attend a meeting as a guest


ULI UK Housing with Care Guide

The UK’s population is ageing with the number of people of State Pension Age projected to increase by 28% to 15.6 million by 2035, and this is set against a backdrop of both limited supply and range of Housing with Care products for consumers to choose from in the market today. ULI, led by the ULI UK Residential Council and a member led steering committee, is producing a guide to promote new and emerging Housing with Care models, using best practice examples to demonstrate key principles.  The Guide seeks to … Read More

Leveraging Public Investment for Build to Rent

The Homes and Communities Agency (now Homes England) has played a key role in the delivery of housing having provided £1.6 billion of financial investment through their Build to Rent and Home Building Funds. The ULI UK Residential Council hosted an event on ‘Leveraging Public Investment for Build to Rent’ on 16th November at Berwin Leighton Paisner in London to invite insights from both the public and private sectors on the opportunities for innovative financial participation and lessons learned. Welcome & Introductions Alex Notay of Places for People introduced the session alongside Andrew Yates … Read More

The Business Case for Passivhaus

PassivHaus has grown in popularity in the UK with increasing numbers of private residences and schools completed over the past years, as well as two major efforts exceeding 100 units by local authorities, Camden and Norwich City. Launched in the early 90’s Passivhaus promises highly efficient buildings with far reaching benefits across the building life-cycle. Why is market adoption slow and only until recently being considered at a significant scale in the UK? A roundtable led by the ULI Sustainability and Residential Council’s provided first hand insights from Norwich Council, … Read More

Final Homes

Part of the Innovators and Disrupters series, Final Homes was an interactive discussion with Anne Feikje Weidema, director of the Research Focus Group on Housing for the Elderly at PLP Architecture, on her research on elderly housing in the Netherlands. At the heart of her discussion is the belief that “environments in which we reside and live have an enormous impact on how we experience our lives”. Anne argues that elderly homes today are  not cut out for the next generation of elderly, who are, although aging, also fitter, have longer life … Read More

ULI UK Residential and Infrastructure Council Day

Innovative Finance and Delivery of Social and Affordable Housing at Scale Finance is available and housing demand across our cities are at an all-time high, yet delivery of housing that caters for diverse demographics across our urban realm is not being realised. The ULI UK Infrastructure and Residential Product Councils have observed examples of innovative financing that is or could enable housing to be delivered at scale but as yet have seen limited adoption in the UK. Examples have included: Social and Liquid Bonds Land value capture around infrastructure nodes … Read More

Alex Notay to Drive Innovation and Growth at Places for People

ULI UK’s Director of Policy, Alex Notay, will sadly be leaving the ULI UK staff team to join Places for People, as its new Director of Product and Service Innovation. Alex has been an instrumental and well liked member of the team and we are delighted that she has agreed to remain an active member of the Institute and participate in the Executive Committee. Alex is renowned for her work in property and construction. Having started her career in the civil service, Alex moved to ULI in 2009 and became … Read More

Study Tour Success

Last week saw the fifth and final ULI UK Residential Council multifamily study tour to Boston and Washington DC. 19 participants including James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development and leading investors, architects, developers and operators from across the UK, met with senior ULI members and delved into the detail on delivering successful multifamily. “The ULI tour was an incredibly insightful trip that was exceptionally well organised. We saw a fantastic mix of schemes, both city centre and suburban ‘garden-style’ with awide range of investors developers … Read More

ULI UK Launches Second Edition of Build to Rent Best Practice Guide

On Friday 4th March 350 people attended the highly anticipated launch of the ULI UK Residential Council publication, Build to Rent: A Best Practice Guide. Despite the flurry of recent industry events around Build to Rent and the wider Private Rented Sector, this huge audience was eager to hear from the Steering Group who had worked for the past year to substantially revise and update the first edition. Launched in April 2014, when there was still significant market scepticism as to whether the nascent private rented sector in the UK … Read More

Registration Open: Built to Rent Guide Second Edition Launch, 4th March

Registration is now open for the launch event for the highly anticipated Second Edition of the ULI UK Build to Rent Best Practice Guide. The event will feature presentations by the Guide Steering Group and panel discussions with senior leaders from the residential sector and UK government. Conference registrants will receive a significant discount on the purchase price of the Guide and will hear first-hand the findings and insights unveiled in the manual. Further information on the event programme and registration can be found here: Build to Rent Guide Second … Read More

ULI UK – Reflections on 2015, Glimpses in to 2016 – Residential

  The ULI UK Residential Council has continued to grow in size and impact, particularly through the Build to Rent Best Practice Guide, named by Property Week as the “industry bible for Build to Rent’. Ongoing demand for regional Build to Rent roundtables, a partnership with the Movers & Shakers PRS Forum and a fourth sold-out Multifamily Housing study tour to the US have demonstrated how much progress has been made in getting the UK residential sector to understand the principles outlined in the Guide. A workshop hosted by Berwin … Read More