Curlew Capital was created to pursue investment in PBSA. We successfully launched the MCSI-award winning Curlew Student Trust (CST) in 2013 and its follow-on fund CST2 in Feb 2018.​

Our multi-disciplinary team is highly experienced in structuring, promoting and managing Joint Ventures and Collective Investment Schemes for institutional real estate investors.

Curlew has now diversified into mixed PBSA/Residential schemes in The Netherlands and the direct development of mixed-use schemes in the UK through Curlew Opportunities. 

Curlew’s latest initiative has been the establishment of an experienced PRS team, Curlew Communities, that has a pipeline of forward funded deals ready for fund launch in 2021.


We are a diverse team

of experienced real estate

and financial professionals.


Curlew creates and manages investments for institutional investors with whom it aligns interests through co-investment and performance fee arrangements.


Curlew’s investment strategy is to invest only in top university towns and cities and then align micro-location, size and specification to the locally prevailing market conditions through bespoke market research. 

Close attention is paid to building design and amenities and management with our occupiers’ enjoyment and welfare in mind.

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  • Investment opportunities supported by bespoke research

  • Management teams with specific sub-asset class expertise

  • Off-market, assembled and underwritten ‘seed portfolios’

  • Fund financial modelling

  • Equity and debt, public and private capital raising

  • Launch execution (regulatory, contractual, tax, corporate)

  • Acquisitions and disposals

  • Development/Forward-funding risk management

  • Debt structuring and arrangement

  • Fund management (investor-level)

  • Asset management (property-level)

  • Regulatory services


Paul Oliver collects the Estates Gazette ‘Fund Manager of the Year’ award for the top performance of University Capital Trust (UCT), Osprey Partnership and Teesland Advantage Property (TAP).


Curlew Capital creates joint venture with CBRE Global Investment Partners called Curlew Student Trust (CST).


Curlew expands into Development, BTR and Europe by launching Curlew Opportunities, Curlew Communities and Curlew Netherlands.


CST achieves “Green Star” status in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). 

Curlew wins inaugural PW Student Investor of the Year Award. 


Curlew's 22a Potterrow shortlisted for the Student Accommodation Development of the Year at the Scottish Property Awards. 

Curlew shortlisted for PW Fund Manager of the Year Award.

Curlew wins MSCI Real Estate Data Quality Award.

Curlew shortlisted for PW Student Investor of the Year Award


Curlew Capital is founded. Abbeygate, Chester is the first joint venture with the Watkin Jones Group.


Curlew Student Trust (CST) reaches £500m in 20 PBSA properties across UK.


Curlew and CBRE GIP sell 75% of CST Portfolio, comprising 5,400 beds across 15 PBSA assets, to Brookfield.

Curlew and CBRE GIP launch CST2, focussing on the Development and Forward Funding of UK PBSA led mixed-use development.


CST1 wins MSCI UK Property Investment Award, achieving the highest 3 year returns to Dec 2017 of all 225 UK funds. 




Curlew expansion continues with four new senior management hires and three development project acquisitions. 


Two co-living developments completed in Netherlands.

Curlew agrees a £49.5 million development loan with Barclays Bank

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Curlew secures £44 million loan

with Lloyds Bank.

Shortlisted again for PW Student Investor of the Year Award.


Two new PBSA schemes totalling 694 beds completed and successfully mobilised.


Forward funding of two PBSA developments closed.