Belgian-listed healthcare real estate investment trust Aedifica has invested £16.5m (€18.3m) to buy a UK care home from Patron Capital-backed Hamberley Development.

Hamberley has sold the Richmond Manor Care Home asset in a sale and 25-year leaseback deal.

Stefaan Gielens, CEO of Aedifica, said the brand-new purpose-built care home in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, comprising 69 en-suite bedrooms for seniors requiring continuous care.

“The care home, which will open its doors and welcome its first residents later this month, was developed and is operated by the Hamberley group, marking a new collaboration between Aedifica and an established elderly care home developer and provider.”

Aedifica made its debut UK deal in December 2018 with the acquisition of a £450m property portfolio.

Daniel Kay, director of Hamberley Development, said: “The sale demonstrates the strength of our track record in delivering outstanding care home environments that are not only luxurious in design but also safe from an infection control perspective.

“Care homes like Richmond Manor set a new standard for COVID-secure settings, for which there is a rapidly growing demand.”

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