News Point: Lodha UK, the London based development arm of Indiaâ€™s largest real estate developer, Lodha Developers, has raised USD 375 million (GBP 290 million) as construction funding for its Lincoln Square development in London.Â
The project is located adjacent to the London School of Economics (LSE) and close to Covent Garden. The facility, which is one of the largest ever loans from a single provider for a UK residential project, has been provided by Cain Hoy, the private investment company.
The development is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2018. The project has been one of the star performers of the London residential market with over 78 units worth almost USD 170 million (GBP 130 million) sold since its launch in May 2016. Construction is being carried out by Multiplex, the construction arm of global investment major, Brookfield.
The facility includes GBP 80 million to replace the existing debt, provided by Cain Hoy last autumn, and the balance will be used to complete the project over the next two years.
Ab Shome, Finance Director, Lodha UK said, â€śWe are extremely pleased to have completed our first development funding in the UK which showcases the confidence of the market in the Lodha UK platform. We received competitive offers from three consortiums, and are thankful to all three providers for their interest. This is an exciting development and we are pleased to partner with Cain Hoy, whose ability to provide flexible solutions and perform within our timescale has been invaluable. We look forward to building Central Londonâ€™s most prestigious residential project at Lincoln Square.â€ť
Matteo Milan, Director of Cain Hoy, said, â€śHaving already supported Lodha UK through an initial financing to enable the start of construction on site, we are pleased to continue our relationship with the Lodha team by providing this significant loan. Lincoln Square is an exceptional project where sales are performing well and this financing highlights our confidence in Lodha and the London market, as well as our ability to write large bilateral loans.â€ť
Alex Carr, Residential Development Partner at Knight Frank, said, â€śThe success at Lincoln Square is demonstrative of the work Lodha UK has done in bringing together a world class team, and creating a scheme that will redefine this special niche of London. The collaborative effort of the interior designers, architects and development managers has created an enviable scheme, with a superb luxury finish and world class amenities.â€ť
â€¨â€śAs a result, the development has been selling very well, continuing to perform despite todayâ€™s slightly tougher market dynamics. Buyers have become increasingly discerning and product led, yet are keen to buy into developments such as Lincoln Square, as they are seen as best in class and present real value,â€ť he added.
Lodha UK will unveil its flagship development No.1 Grosvenor Square this summer. Located in the heart of Mayfair, No. 1 Grosvenor Square will offer premium residences on one of Londonâ€™s most prestigious addresses.