Investec provides first modular construction loan
Investec Real Estate has provided modular development specialist Stelling Properties Group with a £10.83m senior facility.
This will fund the development of Riverside House, a 99-studio unit student scheme in Guildford.
It represents the first modular scheme that Investec has funded and aligns with its approach in supporting the delivery of buildings with strong sustainability credentials.
The loan will enable Stelling to build out the modular property off-site using their dedicated, state-of-the-art factory near Winchester.
Stelling is a Modern Method of Construction (MMC) specialist with previous projects in Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth.
The modular construction method allows Stelling to maintain control throughout the build process as well as accelerating the development programme. Investec’s facility also includes an investment tail so Stelling can retain the property once stabilised.
Ian Burdett & Stuart Scott at Investec, said: “Despite the disruption students have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the current academic year is set to see a record number of 18-year-olds from the UK starting in higher education, making demand for tailored student accommodation in under-supplied markets incredibly robust.
“This is our first transaction with Stelling, who specialise in utilising innovative and sustainable building techniques to deliver an appealing product quickly and efficiently, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Antonio Lopez & Rutger Duetsch at Stelling, added: “Students in Guildford have, in the past, faced problems finding good quality, purpose built student accommodation near the university.
“Riverside House provides a high-quality environment for students in a city centre location, within five minutes’ walk to the University. We are delighted to be partnering with Investec on our latest modular project.”