Deal of the Month January 2020: Regeneration and Residential Development

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Residential development is a much-needed requirement for councils and estate lenders across the UK. Working out such deals can be difficult, but we at Pure Commercial Finance managed to complete a deal worth £28.3m with Octopus Real Estate, a leading specialist real estate lender and investor, to finance UK Regeneration’s 970-acre site in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.


About The Deal

The deal needed funding for a site which comprised of two parts. The first part was a 270-acre site which benefitted from planning consent for 1,500 residential dwellings and an agreed Section 106.

The second part neighboured the first part, except this site was significantly larger at 700 acres. This site has been zoned by Central Bedfordshire Council for future residential development.
The funding required for the deal was in the form of refinancing at a total value of £28.3m for both sites.

Both sites are situated between Bedford and Cambridge, making them ripe for residential development. As such, UK Regeneration had been working on a residential concept since 2015, culminating in a complex site that will directly interweave with the sustainable growth of Biggleswade.

The first site will be funded on a phased basis while we will be working closely with Central Bedfordshire Council to ensure consent and delivery occurs on the second site.

Our Managing Director, Ben Lloyd, commented on the exciting new deal:

“Completing the refinancing of this strategic development site is an extremely important step in bringing forward the long-term delivery plan. We have worked closely with both UK Regeneration and Octopus Real Estate for many years and on many projects, so we were extremely pleased to bring such well-suited parties together on this complex project.”


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Article By Ben Lloyd

January 25th, 2020

Ben is the Director and Co-Founder of the Pure Group and Managing Director of Pure Property Finance.

Following a career in Barclays, where Ben was in the real estate finance team for 8 years, he decided that the market needed a more forward-thinking type of commercial brokerage so founded Pure Commercial Finance (now Pure Property Finance), the first company within the Pure Group.

Ben has extensive experience across the real estate sector and has participated in over £2bn of real estate transactions during the course of his career.

Ben oversees the general strategy at Pure Group and works with the senior leadership team to drive the Group forward. Ben is also on the Executive Committee of FIBA.

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