Torsion appoints new Managing Director for Luna Students

Torsion Group appoints a new Managing Director for Luna Students, its purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) brand.

Louise Bena, Managing Director of LUNA Students | PBSA News
Louise Bena, Managing Director of LUNA Students.

Leeds-based residential developer, contractor and operator – Torsion Group – has appointed Louise Bena as Managing Director of LUNA Students. She will also continue in her role as Chief Marketing Officer at Torsion Group, focusing on accelerating company growth and advancing the corporate vision.

With over a decade of experience in the student accommodation sector, Louise has been a passionate advocate for student experience, wellbeing and affordable student housing.

LUNA Students provides high-quality PBSA, offering contemporary, safe and fully managed living experiences for students. LUNA Students’ developments achieved the highest 3 Star Fitwell Certification, meaning they are one of the healthiest places for students to live.

Louise will lead the business strategy and growth of LUNA Students whilst continuing her duties to support Torsion Group at board level as CMO.

LUNA Students currently has over 729 beds live for 2025 and a pipeline of over 2,480 beds. It is part of their exciting growth plan to own and operate over 4,000 beds in the next four years.

“Louise is an outstanding member of our leadership team and is focussed on driving forward our LUNA Students business. There are huge opportunities in the PBSA sector and with Louise’s experience and track record we are confident that we can build on our successes so far. Our focus now is on scaling and accelerating our growth in the PBSA sector.”

Dan Spencer, CEO at Torsion Group

Torsion Group has already established a strong track record in the PBSA market and will work closely with Torsion Developments or other PBSA partners as the company fulfil their business goals as a leading owner and operator in the living sector.

As a fully integrated business model that Develop and Construct properties to be best in class, Torsion Group also focuses on operational efficiency, ESG and meeting the needs of the student residents. 

The Torsion team has delivered over 30,000 beds across the UK. Over the past four years, they have also delivered over £978m of developments across the country.

“The UK student accommodation sector presents a number of exciting opportunities, we are now strongly positioned to deliver on our goals.

“I look forward to leveraging our proven PBSA business model in collaboration with our joint venture partners in order to capitalise on the advantages of being part of a larger development and construction group.

“We have some exciting announcements to follow as part of the growth plan, and I am looking forward to creating a first class offering to the students alongside continued strong returns for our investments.  

“The Torsion integrated model allows us to continually improve the efficiency and operations of the buildings with early input into the design of the schemes.”

Louise Bena, Managing Director at LUNA Students

Formed in 2015 by CEO Dan Spencer, Torsion Group is a privately owned, fully integrated real estate business as developer, investors, contractors and operators. They have an exemplary record of delivery in the living sectors including PBSA, apartments, homes, care homes and retirement living. In the past four years, they have delivered over £978m of developments across the UK.

Torsion Group has successfully delivered and disposed of a significant number of assets with Harrison Street and Moorfield. Recently, they announced a new PBSA joint venture with Zenzic Capital with the acquisition of five major schemes totalling a GDV of over £152m. 

Two of these schemes are newly built and fully let in Leeds and Nottingham. The other three are new developments located in Warwick, Nottingham and Leeds that are currently under construction and due to open in 2025. All of the five developments are in Russell Group university locations.

In February, Zenzic Capital and Torsion Group’s JV also secured a loan for a 183-unit Leeds PBSA scheme, which was arranged by Karis Capital.