Indigenous

edyn Development Studio

Our Development Studio creates lifestyle aparthotels, hotels and brands rooted in its local architectural and social fabric.

Comprised of an in-house multi-disciplinary skill set, creative culture and a commitment to the unorthodox, we aim to redefine hospitality by pushing its boundaries.

We're always moving forward...

WunderLocke, Sendling

Opening March 2022
Gmunder Strasse 27, 81379 Munich
360 apartments

Locke at East Side Gallery, Berlin

Opening June 2022
East Side Gallery, Berlin
176 apartments

Locke de Convento, Avenida Da Liberdade

Opening Q2 2023
Rua Santa Marta, Lisbon
369 apartments

Locke at Cartier Circle, Canary Wharf

Opening Q2 2023
Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf
278 apartments

Locke, Postbyen, Copenhagen

Opening Q2 2024
Postbyen, Copenhagen
236 apartments

Buckle Street Studios by Locke, Aldgate

Opening October 2021
21 Buckle Street, London, E1 8DB
103 apartments

Partner with us

Our focus is to deliver lifestyle properties in UK and key European gateway cities. Help us reshape hospitality by helping us identify key locations.

WunderLocke, Sendling

Opening March 2022
Gmunder Strasse 27, 81379 Munich
360 apartments

Locke at East Side Gallery, Berlin

Opening June 2022
33 Muhlenstrasse, Berlin 10243
176 apartments

Locke de Convento, Avenida Da Liberdade

Opening Q2 2023
Rua Santa Marta, Lisbon
369 apartments

Locke at Cartier Circle, Canary Wharf

Opening Q2 2023
Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf
278 apartments

Locke, Postbyen

Opening Q2 2024
Postbyen, Copenhagen
236 apartments

Buckle Street Studios by Locke, Aldgate

Opening October 2021
21 Buckle Street, London, E1 8DB
103 apartments

Development criteria

  • 100–250 units in key European central city locations
  • 5,000–10,000 sqm gross internal area
  • 50% studios
    40% one bed apartments
    10% two bed apartments
  • Ground floor food and beverage / social hub
  • Gym
  • Associated front of house or back of house areas 

Meet the team

Eric Jafari

Chief Development Officer

Eric Jafari

Chief Development Officer

Eric Jafari leads edyn’s pan-European real estate development platform and the broad creative direction of our brands, and was one of the original co-founders of Locke. His multi-disciplinary team comprises acquisitions, asset management, construction, design, investment finance & planning. Eric previously served as the Managing Director of Union Hanover Securities where he founded Urban Villa and oversaw a £500m Hotel development platform. Born in Los Angeles, raised in Paris but living in London, Eric’s would tell you that his nomadic nature and insatiable curiosity explain his passions which range from travel to food and wine, to wellness, learning and of course his family. We think he just enjoys ‘la dolce vita’.

Andrew Fowler

Aquisitions Director

Andrew Fowler

Aquisitions Director

Andrew Fowler oversees edyn’s Pan-European acquisitions team, focusing on both real estate & asset light investments and was one of the original co-founders of Locke. With Eric Jafari, he was previously co-founder of Union Hanover Securities and directed hotel operations and acquisitions at Urban Villa and was also a key player at StayCity in the early years when he led their acquisitions across Europe. Before he lost his good looks and joined the serviced apartment industry, Andrew was a property TV presenter in also a competitive sailor with the Irish Sailing Team. Andrew’s favourite drink is Bulletproof Coffee but only after practicing the Wim Hof technique.

Merzak Kaddour

Investment Director

Merzak Kaddour

Investment Director

Merzak Kaddour looks after edyn's property investment and funding requirements and leads the transaction process from analytics and appraisals to debt origination, execution and refinancing. With Eric and Andrew, Merzak was one of the three musketeers who co-founded Union Hanover Securities and Urban Villa and has also served as Director of Hotels & Leisure at Bank of Ireland and the Head of Hospitality and Leisure for National Australia Bank (UK) overseeing a £1.4 billion hospitality loan book. Merzak began his hospitality career as a management trainee with Trust House Forte Hotels. In his free time Merzak enjoys Pilates and walking the family dog, but never together.

Charles Cresser

Development Director

Charles Cresser

Development Director

As the group’s Development Director, Charles is tasked with overseeing the development & construction process. This includes technical due diligence at acquisition, planning/permitting, procurement, construction, project close out and handover. During his international career, Charles has delivered over £1bn of projects by value, priding himself on the disciplined execution of each asset. His previous roles include Director at Jones Lang LaSalle and Union Hanover Securities in addition to Project Manager at Mace and Currie & Brown. When Charles isn’t on site, he spends his time cycling and transporting his daughter around Greater London. During his time living in Russia, Charles expanded his cultural perspective and diplomacy, but mostly built an impressive ability to consume vodka. In addition to some interesting nicknames, he holds the titles MRICS and MCIOB.