ACCESS Pool appoints Aviva Investors to manage long-lease mandate

ACCESS, which pools funds from 11 local government pension schemes, has appointed Aviva Investors to manage a £250m long-lease property mandate following a review carried out by Apex investment advisors.

The mandate will be managed by Aviva Investors on behalf of the Lime Property Fund which targets cross-sector property investments around the UK that can provide inflation-linked or fixed rental uplifts, let to tenants on leases of over 15 years.

Cllr Mark Kemp-Gee, Chairman of the ACCESS Joint Committee, said, “We are pleased to report this appointment and the further establishment of the Alternatives offering to the ACCESS Authorities. This further demonstrates our responsiveness to the needs and ambitions of partner LGPS funds. The demand for alternative income from our partners is likely to increase considering the current environment, so this is an important addition to the ACCESS Pool’s suite of alternative funds.”

Jill Barber, Chief Distribution Officer at Aviva Investors, said: “We are delighted and honoured to partner with ACCESS and for the Lime Property Fund to have been selected by the Pool to manage its real estate long income mandate. In the twenty years since its inception, Lime has built an enviable track record in delivering low-volatility, inflation-linked returns. We believe this makes it an excellent fit for ACCESS, with assets such as long lease real estate having a key role to play in portfolios. I look forward to developing our relationship with the ACCESS partner funds and helping them to deliver long-term investment outcomes on behalf of their members.

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About the ACCESS Pool

ACCESS (a collaboration of Central, Eastern and Southern Shires) is made of 11 LGPS Administering Authorities: Cambridgeshire County Council; East Sussex County Council; Essex County Council; Hampshire County Council; Hertfordshire County Council; Isle of Wight Council; Kent County Council; Norfolk County Council; West Northamptonshire Council; Suffolk County Council; and West Sussex County Council.

ACCESS Authorities are committed to collaborating and have each signed an Inter Authority Agreement, setting out how they will work together in response to the Governments pooling agenda across the LGPS, and to optimise benefits and efficiencies on behalf of their individual and collective stakeholders.

As at 31 December 2023, ACCESS’ pooled assets totalled £40bn.

About Aviva Investors

Aviva Investors is the global asset management business of Aviva plc. The business delivers investment management solutions, services, and client-driven performance to clients worldwide. Aviva Investors operates in 14 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and the United Kingdom with £227 billion in assets under management as at 31 December 2023.