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Shawbrook Bank Completes £14.5m Bridging Loan

Shawbrook Bank has supported a customer with a £14.5m bridging loan, allowing them to refinance a large, self-contained office building near Uxbridge town centre.

The leading specialist lender was approached at the end of June by one of its’ ‘Strategic Partners’, West Rock Capital, whose client had purchased the property in 2019 and obtained pre-application consent to convert the building into residential units, with a considerable uplift in value expected.

Shawbrook worked closely with the broker to understand their client’s strategy, which is to either sell the property once planning permission is obtained or to carry out the works themselves. With both options presenting real potential, Shawbrook agreed an 18-month term, allowing adequate time for either eventuality.

After receiving the property valuation on a Tuesday afternoon, Shawbrook acted quickly and completed the £14.5m Bridging loan, at 69 per cent LTV, just two days later.

Westley Richards, director at West Rock Capital, said: There are few lenders in the market that can turn around such complex funding requirements in such a short timeframe. Despite the time pressure, Shawbrook was able to demonstrate its ability to understand the borrower’s business plan and structured a bespoke loan facility to suit their requirements. The strong relationship between Shawbrook, West Rock Capital and the borrower meant that all potential issues were identified and resolved early. We are delighted to continue growing this relationship and I look forward to working with Shawbrook again in the near future.”