The Kexgill Group won Investor of the Year at the Property Week Student Accommodation Awards 2022.

They were nominated for four awards including Social Impact, Collaboration, Unsung Hero and Investor of the Year.

The firm has recently moved to an ethical, community-focused approach exemplified by its Liverpool development USP, which, when refurbished, will feature rare three-bed clusters.

Although Kexgill’s net asset value has increased by 99% in the last seven years, the firm said it was “motivated about the student experience, not just a spreadsheet yield”, embracing the lower-income international postgraduate market.

It has developed links to local churches, arranged airport transfers, offered free wifi in selected outside zones, developed communal herb gardens and undertaken an art trial leading to an on-campus gallery.

The judges said: “Kexgill has a deep understanding of the student market and in particular the needs of different groups of students.”

This was the second year they have taken home the Investor of the Year award.