Real estate software firm MRI Software has announced the acquisition of Orchard Information Systems, a specialist provider of software solutions for the UK social housing sector.

“We are excited to welcome Orchard into the MRI family,” said Patrick Ghilani, Chief Executive Officer of MRI Software.

“By uniting Orchard’s expertise in social housing with MRI’s solutions for managing residential, build-to-rent, leasehold block management and mixed-use properties, we are now extremely well equipped to address the varying needs and evolving business models of the UK residential market with a comprehensive and flexible product portfolio.

“Together, MRI and Orchard provide important tools for our clients to positively impact their communities and support the increased need for social housing in the UK.”

With locations in Newcastle, UK and Donegal, Ireland, Orchard is a provider of social housing property management solutions and services to UK housing organisations and councils.

Pat Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of Orchard Information Systems, says: “As part of MRI Software, Orchard will gain access to additional resources, technology and expertise to further strengthen our support for UK social housing. The acquisition brings together two companies with a shared commitment to innovation and a strong alignment of culture and values, paving the way for us to better serve the changing needs of the UK social housing sector.”