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LendInvest finances £10m bridging loan for South London site 

LendInvest has funded a £10m bridging finance loan for a South London site, after the borrower faced financing delays due to COVID-19. 

The site is in Abbey Wood, within the London borough of Greenwich.

LendInvest provided funding for the refinance of the original site, and acquisition of a second adjoining site allowing planning for 272 residential units to be built starting in Q4 2020.

On completion, the scheme will be a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and townhouses, 35% of which will be affordable housing.

The total loan provision for the deal is £10m, based on a loan-to-cost (LTC) of 90%.

The loan completed within a tight time frame to meet the borrower’s timeline after they had run into funding delays due to COVID-19.

Mantra Capital acted as the broker for this deal.

Justin Trowse, director for bridging at LendInvest, said: “The last few months have been a particularly challenging time for the team and our brokers – facing new hurdles and having to work with a greater degree of flexibility whilst performing complex transactions at speed in order to get our borrowers’ deals over the line.

“This deal was one that we were determined to deliver and complete in time so as not to disrupt the borrower’s project timeline.

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of Rickesh at Mantra, and the dedication of the team, we are delighted to announce the provision of quality funding for this project.”

Rickesh Patel, partner at Mantra Capital, said: “The global impact of COVID-19 is clear for everyone to see and it has presented unprecedented challenges to all business sectors.

“Strong relationships and collaboration between all parties is even more crucial than ever in order to execute transactions and keep business moving.

“Mantra Commercial, part of the Mantra Capital Group, were mandated to assist with the sourcing of funding for this scheme prior to the full impact of COVID-19 being understood in the UK.

“As the severity of the situation became more apparent, the initial lender who offered terms were no longer able to honour them.

“This was an acquisition which now had tight timescales to work towards for completion, with an increasingly limited market to operate within.

“Our close funding partners LendInvest quickly understood the scheme, the challenges we faced in terms of timescales and came up with a deliverable debt package that worked for our client.

“Their experience and knowledge was clear to see.

“The deal wasn’t without its challenges, but with the hard work and collaboration of Justin and the wider LendInvest team we were able to get this acquisition deal completed and deliver a commercial solution that worked for all parties.”

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