Standard Life Investments

Investment process

We invest in commercial property across the offices, retail, industrial and other sectors. Our approach to investment is underpinned by our Focus on Change philosophy, which aims to anticipate shifts in market prices before the competition. The process contains three key elements:

  • research
  • stock selection
  • asset management.

Meticulous research

We apply a rigorous approach to research. Understanding what drives returns and constantly tracking market change helps us anticipate property price moves and ultimately unlock superior performance.

Our dedicated property (or real estate) research team – one of the longest established in Europe – continually analyses global markets and identifies areas offering best value. The team’s research helps set our house view, which gives predicted returns of over 100 markets and provides valuable insight to our investment team.

Diligent stock selection

We scrutinise every potential investment, taking into account location, local market dynamics, physical condition and quality of the rental income. We select only property assets that we believe offer a real prospect of long-term capital and income growth. In addition, our scale and reputation gives us access to some of the best opportunities available. We continually review all our current properties to ensure they still meet the criteria on which they were bought in the first place.

Astute asset management

We regularly appraise each property and by actively managing our assets we look to realise inherent value and boost investment returns. This can include letting vacant space and negotiating better lease terms. In conjunction with our experienced development team, we may also seek to improve or redevelop buildings and thereby command higher rent from new tenants.