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Brigid Retirement Living Units, UK

Brigid invests in purpose-built, completed and let retirement living units developed in partnership with McCarthy Stone, the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities.

How the investment evolved

In April 2021, John Laing and Macquarie Capital formed a joint venture, Brigid Investments Limited, to finance the largest new-build retirement rental platform in the UK developed by McCarthy Stone.

This transaction was one of the first investments in the rental retirement living space backed by institutional investors.

John Laing acquired Macquarie’s 50 per cent interest in January 2022, thus becoming a 100 per cent shareholder in the platform.


Retirement living in the UK is a market with high barriers to entry and strong fundamentals, driven by undersupply and a shortage of suitable options.

The UK’s ageing population means the gap between demand and supply is expected to continue to widen over the coming years, with one in four of the total UK population expected to be aged over 65 by 2050.