Direct real estate

Investment offices in London, Munich and Paris enable us to invest across sectors in all core European markets. Managing assets and occupiers at scale provides significant direct experience, which facilitates valuable insight on market dynamics.

In the UK, Columbia Threadneedle has been investing in and managing UK property since 1994. Our multi-award winning investment team includes dedicated investment, asset management, property management oversight and risk / governance experts working closely together to maximise performance from our portfolios.

In Continental Europe, Columbia Threadneedle is a European city expert, with a distinctive vision of a sustainable future for Europe’s property market, using deep market expertise, close connections, and client centricity to deliver value to our clients. Our team has an entrepreneurial culture, looking beyond the obvious to access off-market opportunities, including joint ventures and club deals.

Both teams have a long history in responsible investments through an active management approach which focuses on driving environmental excellence and social value with integrity and transparency.


Commercial real estate, logistics, residential and retail real estate, carbon impact, provided in the format of commingled open or closed investments, segregated mandates and club deals

In the US, Columbia Threadneedle has been investing in physical properties through Lionstone, a Houston-based private real estate investment firm, founded in 2001.

Lionstone is a true market innovator with a unique data-driven approach to real estate investing, employing proprietary advanced analytics to source investment opportunities in US cities and sub-markets with the highest concentrations of growth and productivity. This unique approach seeks to find durable growth and resilient income in a rapidly evolving world.

The data-driven, productivity-based advanced analysis, combined with Lionstone’s network of partners, helps inform the decisions and property strategies that drive investment value.


Commercial, residential and retail real estate, provided in the format of commingled open or closed investments, and segregated mandates


Commercial, residential and retail real estate, provided in the format of commingled open or closed investments, and segregated mandates

Real estate investing powered by diverse expertise and specialisms
Real Estate, Property, Buildings
In the UK
we favour strategies focusing on retail warehouses, industrial and logistics, and have an increased focus on the residential sector (especially student housing and private affordable housing)
In Continental Europe
we have strategies favouring urban logistics, prime city centre retail, and residential sectors
In the US
our investment focus is on people centric villages in mixed use environments

In the UK

we favour strategies focusing on retail warehouses, industrial parks and logistics, and have an increased focus on the residential sector (especially student housing and private affordable housing)

In Continental Europe

we have strategies favouring urban logistics, prime city centre retail, and residential sectors

In the US

our investment focus is on people centric villages in mixed use environments

Across all geographies we see increasing opportunities to capitalise on decarbonisation legislation to add value through refurbishment, repositioning or changing land use. Capital raising and deployment is determined by our local experts depending on the specific timing and availability of opportunities.

We do not just own assets, we actively add value

Columbia Threadneedle has developed a growing reputation and track record for adding value to the properties we manage.

In the UK, we have transformed the value of major assets by enhancing their configuration and dramatically reducing their carbon footprint.

In Continental Europe, we have the scale and connections to take advantage of many opportunities that few can access.

In the US, we have been innovators in developing a data-analytics driven approach to investing in mixed-use properties, reflecting changing lifestyles and societal shifts.

Our direct real estate highlights

St Christopher's place, Case Study Real Estate, UK

St. Christopher’s Place

A retail oasis in the heart of central London’s shopping district. A true mixed use property investment combining retail, restaurants, offices and residential.
Strandkai, Real Estate Case Study, German

Strandkai, Hamburg

The last prime site in HafenCity will be home to approx. 500 flats (both rental and owner-occupied flats) in total.
France Corbas Lyon

Corbas, Lyon

A brownfield speculative development, the previous building was demolished and replaced by a newly built, modern cross-docking facility delivering last mile logistics to city centre Lyon.
Uberblick, Real Estate Case Study, Germany

Forum-Office, Bremen

New future neighbourhood development in Bremen with over 20 hectares and a volume of approx. €700 million.
Dubail Boutique Rolex Champs Elysées

71-73 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris

This asset is a prominent corner building on a permanent retail and office location, generating stable income from diversified tenant profiles and sectors all the while offering potential value creation from under-rented units.

Our commingled fund property solutions ​

Threadneedle Property Unit Trust

The objective of the Fund is to provide indirect investment exposure to a diversified portfolio of property assets in the United Kingdom.


22 May 2024

Joanna Tano

Head of Research, Europe, Real Estate (EMEA)

UK Real estate – Overview Q1 2024

Total returns for the UK commercial property market turned positive in Q1 2024.
Read time - 3 min
25 April 2024

Joanna Tano

Head of Research, Europe, Real Estate (EMEA)

UK Real Estate: Talking Points April 2024

Our quarterly snapshot of current real estate market trends.
Read time - 2 min
15 February 2024

Hans Nordby

Head of Research & Analytics, Real Estate (US), Lionstone Investments

Joanna Tano

Head of Research, Europe, Real Estate (EMEA)

2024 Global Real Estate Outlook

What's in store for real estate in 2024? Global megatrends and financial conditions will impact returns and sector allocation.
Read time - 4 min
20 December 2023

Marcus Phayre-Mudge

Head of Property Investment, Thames River Capital

George Gay

Fund Manager

Targeting relative value in listed real estate

With inflation data suggesting we are at or near the peak in interest rates and investors assessing scope for cuts in 2024, real estate equities have risen sharply from their lows.
Read time - 4 min
12 December 2023

Assia Amore

European Fund Manager, Real Estate

Ian Kelley

Managing Director, Head of France, Benelux & Southern Europe, Real Estate

Joanna Tano

Head of Research, Europe, Real Estate (EMEA)

The resurgence of Europe’s luxury high streets is gathering momentum

High street retail markets across Europe are benefitting from the solid recovery of tourism, both international and domestic.
Read time - 3 min
31 August 2023

Marcus Phayre-Mudge

Portfolio Manager, TR Property Investment Trust

A diversified investment opportunity 

Property returns are not all about capital values, fundamentally, property is about income and the ability to grow that revenue stream.
Read time - 3 mins
30 June 2023

James Coke

Fund Manager & Co-head of Institutional UK Real Estate

UK real estate: half-year health check

Despite volatility in the UK property market over the past 12 months, there's been a nascent pricing recovery since March. So, what's the outlook like for the rest of the year?
Read time - 4 min
17 March 2023

Stewart Bennett

Global Head of Alternatives

Real estate – understanding the new normal

Where next for real estate? With sections on the UK, Continental European and US real estate our team take a closer look at the economic backdrop, activity in 2022, the outlook for 2023 plus strategy calls across various sub-sectors.
Read time - 9 min
22 December 2022

Joanna Tano

Head of Research, Europe, Real Estate (EMEA)

Real Estate: Preserving Value

There was a definite air of positivity in European real estate markets in January and February 2022.
Read time - 4 min

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