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Silbury Finance provides £73.8 million loan to North Star

Oaktree Capital Management

The 30-month, 73% LTGDV facility is the largest loan Silbury has originated to date

Silbury Finance, the Oaktree Capital Management-backed development lender, has provided a £73.8 million senior debt facility to property asset management company North Star Investment Management to fund the development of a residential-for-sale scheme in York.

The 30-month, 73% LTGDV facility is the largest loan Silbury has originated to date. It will fund the remediation phase and subsequent construction of a 215-flat scheme on the Gas Works at Heworth Green site, in a prime city centre location.

In line with Silbury’s commitment to funding real estate schemes that meet the highest environmental standards, the facility includes a discount on the exit fee if North Star meets certain sustainability criteria, including a minimum EPC rating of ‘B’.

Known as The Gas Works, the scheme, which is expected to complete in 2024, will be built to the highest sustainability standards with best-in-class amenities and tenant wellbeing at its centre. Comprising a mix of one-, two-, and three-bed apartments across three towers, features will include an onsite gymnasium offering studio classes, flexible workspace, and an abundance of outside space, including an edible garden.

The site forms part of the wider Heworth Green Gas Works site, and is ideally located just a short walk from York city centre, while York railway station is a 20-minute walk.

This is a complex site that had been vacant for over 20 years, which has required us to work with highly experienced partners, including Silbury Finance, Paul Ellis, director of North Star, said. The team’s deep knowledge of the UK regional residential market and ability to structure bespoke facilities means the delivery of what will be a highly sustainable and much needed residential scheme is a step closer.

Despite the wider market volatility and threat of a recession, the fundamentals underpinning the UK housing market remain highly compelling, Gavin Eustace, founding partner at Silbury Finance, commented. In particular, we anticipate continued demand for regional schemes around high growth urban centres, which are priced sensibly and that benefit from excellent infrastructure connectivity.

He said: We see a real opportunity to continue growing market share: the mid-ticket lending market remains woefully underserved, and having launched during the height of the pandemic, have a proven track record of navigating short term headwinds.

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