asset lifecycle management

What we do

We are a trusted development, investment and asset management partner that delivers all elements of the investment profile.

1. Sourcing Opportunities

Downing’s dedicated team sources opportunities across the UK. We target specific locations with the supply demand dynamics that meet our requirements.

Downing has built a national and regional network to secure prime sites across the UK. Downing invests retained capital in acquiring investment opportunities across all risk profiles.

2. Procure and deliver

Our experienced team secures planning permission with high quality purpose led functional design. The project is then delivered through our construction team.

3. Operate and manage


We boast 99% occupancy across our portfolio achieved with a robust operational structure. The team spans operations, sales and marketing, HR, finance and facilities management.

Vehicle management

Detailed lettings strategy combined with operational efficiencies allow us to optimise asset performance. Our services also include capital management, debt arrangements, budgeting, reporting, efficient structuring, audit and regulatory compliance oversight.

Case studies

Discover a collection of remarkable developments and projects we have undertaken across the UK within the development, project management and construction sectors.


What our clients say

“It was a pleasure working with the Downing team on a recent transaction. Everyone in the organisation, from building managers through to the senior leadership, demonstrated creativity, professionalism and integrity. We look forward to working together again in the future.”

James Rosenfeld

Managing Director at Blackstone

“As one of the longest standing private Student developers, owner and operators in the UK, Downing has consistently demonstrated an ability to create modern, well located and expertly run communities for their customers. Their track record is undeniable and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Joe Guilfoyle

Head of Savills Capital Advisors

“The move to The Capital was a huge decision for us at UKBA and therefore needed a construction company we could trust – not just with our brief on fit-out but with the security implications involved.  The George Downing Construction team were easy to work with – they understood our requirements from the start, delivered on time and within our budget and made the whole process a seamless and successful one.”

Hilary Dalton

Assistant Director at UK Border Agency

“Downing worked with Leeds Met in designing, building and financing a new development for our Faculty of Arts and Society. The design made a stunning addition to the Leeds skyline and throughout the process we found Downing’s attitude both positive and refreshing.”

Peter Slee

Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University

“Well executed and deftly placed, the Broadcasting Place project positions itself as a strong contrast and yet still feels complementary to its context.”

Gordon Gill

CTBUH Awards Chair

“Downing have brought extensive commercial developer experience to the planning and design of the NUBS building. Throughout this process they have shown their willingness to appreciate and understand the needs of the HE Sector and to adapt to our specific requirements.”

Clare Rogers

Director of Estates at Newcastle University

“I would have no hesitation recommending George Downing Construction. When we expanded our office within The Port of Building, we were working to an incredibly tight timetable. Downing completed our fit-outs on time and within budget and we were able to move into our offices without any negative impact on business. Our staff and directors are delighted with the quality of the finished product.”

John Webb

Senior Director at NYK Group Europe Ltd

Downing Students named ‘Operator of the Year’ at the industry oscars hosted by Property Week.

We scooped the top award at the 2023 Property Week Student Accommodation Awards.