We have previously invested in social infrastructure assets including: schools, hospitals, Private Finance Initiative (PFI) assets and waste processing.
PFI is a method of procurement used by the UK Government to enable public sector infrastructure projects, including schools, hospitals, libraries, fire and police stations, to be financed by private sector capital. Secondary PFI projects are operational assets where the construction phase is complete.
We have an experienced team of PFI investment professionals who use their existing strong relationships with contractors, equity investors, legal advisers, financial advisers, technical advisers and lenders across the PFI sector, to gain access to assets that are being considered for disposal.
To date we have acquired stakes in eight education and healthcare PFI projects comprising 13 schools, three hospitals and a secure mental health facility.
Significant opportunities exist to process municipal and commercial & industrial waste, extract and recycle valuable materials within these waste streams and convert the remaining fractions as a raw material or as a fuel for energy generation. Much of this fuel is currently exported and at Foresight, we have been keen to support efforts to build appropriate scale domestic power plants to use this resource.
For example, significant progress has been made in extracting plastic bottles from municipal waste, with most UK councils now providing kerbside collection of plastic bottles, alongside other dry recyclables such as paper. There is substantial opportunity to increase collection and recycling of plastic film and other mixed plastics and we have been at the forefront of these efforts where commercially attractive.
Foresight is invested in Oakleaf Recycling Ltd, a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Stanwell Moor West London, with a waste processing capacity of around 120,000 tonnes of Commercial and Industrial (C&I) waste per annum.