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Silbury provides £55m development loan


Silbury Finance, the development lender backed by Oaktree Capital Management, has provided the UK Retirement Living Fund with a £55m senior loan to fund the development of a retirement village.


The 103-apartment scheme in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, is a joint venture between ReLF and Elysian Residences.

Alongside equity investment from ReLF and Elysian, the 36-month credit facility will fund the acquisition and development of the retirement community.

The purpose-built retirement village will be developed and operated by Elysian Residences, and will provide 103 apartments and hotel-style facilities including a double-height lobby, restaurant, bar, library, function room, gymnasium and treatment rooms, with homeowners able to access 24-hour care if required.

The loan represents the second underwritten by Silbury Finance in the high growth retirement living sector and takes its total lending to £160m since it launched in January 2021.

Domas Karsokas, senior investment manager at Octopus Real Estate, said: “Working closely with our joint venture partners and Silbury, we are pleased to be taking the next steps in the development of this market leading UK retirement living development in Berkhamsted.

“The debt facility marks our second this year with Silbury, whose expertise in the sector complements our own within the joint venture.

“The pandemic has further demonstrated the benefits of community living and retirement villages, and so we are pleased to proceed with this latest development and go some way to fill the demand for this type of housing and unlock the potential in this sector for our investors.”

Gavin Eustace, founding partner of Silbury Finance, added: “Despite the unprecedented and challenging backdrop, we have enjoyed a strong 2021, partnering with a number of high-quality sponsors as we remain on track to meet our year end lending target of £350m.

“A central thesis behind launching Silbury Finance was that this part of the debt market is critically underserved, which we are seeing first-hand, as evidenced by the £1.2bn of enquiries we have generated since launch.

“Whilst the UK retirement living sector remains a compelling investment opportunity, the underwriting process can be complex and requires deep sector expertise, which is where we believe we can differentiate ourselves from the peer group.

“Octopus Real Estate and Elysian have a proven track record of developing and operating successful retirement communities across the UK and we are excited to be supporting them as they look to expand their footprint.”

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