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UK residential development finance deals announced

The aim of investing in excess of £150 million in the residential sector is a clear strategic goal for Topland. By teaming up with Wolsey to draw on their residential and operational expertise, Topland said it will make funds available to inject into the market, ranging from senior debt through to mezzanine funding or a combination of both.

The first two deals are both in the South of England, financing Wolsey’s client, Monro Homes, a Kent based developer, on two developments in the Maidstone area. The total funding is just under £2 million.

And already in the pipeline are a number of opportunities, which, if completed, will lead to approximately £8 million of further funding being injected into the market through Wolsey.
Funding of up to 85% of development costs is available for the right schemes.

‘To be able to make available funding up to 85% of all development costs is exceptional in this market. It’s a real incentive for good house builders with the right schemes to increase the number of projects they have underway in their portfolio,’ said Stephen O’Brien, managing director of Wolsey Securities.

‘We are delighted to be working with such a strong financial institution as Topland, who fully understand the risks involved in residential property development and recognize the opportunity to fund house builders in the current market,’ he added.

According to Tom Betts, director of structured finance at Topland, said that Wolsey’s skill sets are ideally suited to dovetail with the financial strengths of Topland to deliver high quality funding packages for developers.

‘Prices are appropriate to allow developers to take advantage of the opportunities that are clearly available within the market whilst growing their business. The partnership with Wolsey reinforces our commitment to investment in the residential sector and we believe that there are good business opportunities for the right developers to work with Topland and Wolsey,’ he added.

The partnership will focus primarily on schemes with planning consent in the South East of England and commuting areas to London.

‘If the scheme meets our criteria, with Topland, we will move quickly to support the developer and make the development happen. Loan sizes will typically fall into the range from £1 million up to £10 million,’ added O’Brien.