Puma Property Finance and Victoria Hall Management Ltd agree two student accommodation development loans totalling £25m
Puma Property Finance has completed loan facilities totalling £25 million to finance two purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) developments in Colchester and Leicester, with Victoria Hall Management Limited (VHML), one of the UK’s leading student accommodation developers and operational asset managers.
The two developments, jointly comprising 383 beds, will help meet demand for new, high-quality student accommodation at the University of Essex and De Montfort University and are scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2020/21 academic year.
In Colchester, a £16 million loan facility will finance a 252-bed, ground up development near the town centre for students at the University of Essex. In Leicester, meanwhile, a £9 million loan facility will finance a 131-bed, four-storey development on the site of a former office building, adjacent to the campus of De Montfort University.
Kevin Davidson, Director of Puma Property Finance, led the transactions and said:
“Puma Property Finance is delighted to have closed facilities on our first two PBSA schemes with VHML, one of the leading developers of student accommodation in the UK, and to have met the tight completion timescales on both deals. We provide development loans across a range of sectors to finance residential, commercial and specialist sector projects such as student accommodation, hotels and healthcare – including care homes and retirement living, at up to 70% LTGDV.
“Student accommodation continues to offer an attractive market for experienced PBSA developers and is another alternative sector where we are increasing our lending activity as we continue to grow our loan book through 2019 and beyond.”
John Nesbitt, Managing Director of VHML said:
“We are very pleased to agree this loan facility with Puma Property Finance and look forward to delivering these exciting projects for the students in Colchester and Leicester. There is a strong appetite in the finance market from lenders for good quality alternative assets such as student accommodation, delivered by developers and investors with a proven track record, such as ours.”
The financing opportunity was introduced to Puma Property Finance by David Yeadon of SPF Private Clients.
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