Spain mourns Nick Wride, Spanish student housing pioneer

Jones Lang LaSalle has organised a remembrance ceremony in honour of Nick Wride, former head of student housing for EMEA who passed away on the 1st of March 2021. Friends and family have gathered at JLL’s Barcelona office in Torre Glòries to remember one of Spain’s leading experts in the PBSA sector.

Born in Wales, Nick graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in French, Spanish and Business Studies from Swansea University and, following graduation, he moved to London to study a Master of Arts in European Real Estate at Kingston University

With a keen passion for real estate, Nick began his professional career at CBRE where he would grow to become Head of Valuation at the firm’s Barcelona office navigating the firm through the toughest moments of the Great Recession. He joined JLL’s capital markets team in 2011 and thanks to his vision and leadership the company became a market leader in student accommodation, senior living and healthcare in Spain.

Always willing to share his knowledge with the community, Nick was passionate about education and was a lecturer at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya as well a frequent contributor of The Class Foundation, which hosts the largest student housing conference in Europe

Nick was admired in the sector not only for his professional brilliance and creativity but also for his friendly and personable character. In the words of Philip Hillman, Chairman of JLL’s Living Capital Markets team “If you knew Nick, you knew his affable character, his ever-present smile, and his tireless dedication to colleagues and clients. We were so fortunate to have him as part of JLL for the last ten years and he was a rising star. He had earned the well-deserved reputation of being one of the best professionals in the student housing arena not only in Spain but also across the region.”

The sector owes him an eternal debt of gratitude and we send our condolences to his wife Laura and son Dani.

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