Puma provides £70m debt facility for Nottingham PBSA scheme

Puma provides £70m debt facility for Nottingham PBSA scheme

Puma Property Finance has provided a debt facility of over £70 million to the joint venture between Olympian Homes and Housing Growth Partnership (HGP) to deliver a 790-bed Purpose Built Student Accommodation Scheme (PBSA) in Nottingham city centre.

The scheme, known as Forest Mill, will also include 19 affordable homes and has a gross development value of c. £120 million.

The development will comprise 790 beds across three buildings and feature amenities that are becoming increasingly desirable to the student population, including a cafe, co-working space, gym, yoga studio, cinema room, garden terrace and games area with table tennis, air hockey, fussball, shuffleboard and a gaming booth. The site is conveniently located on Alfreton Road, which is a 10-minute walk from the Nottingham Trent University campus, around a 10-minute bus ride from the University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus and approximately a 15-minute walk from the city centre.

The site adjacent to the PBSA blocks will see the delivery of 19 high quality affordable homes. The three-bedroom family homes will contribute to the Council’s housing delivery targets and provide accommodation for residents on low incomes in a crucially underserved area.

The site was acquired in September 2021 and construction began in December 2023. Practical completion is expected in time for students entering the 2025/26 academic year.

Kevin Davidson, Managing Director and Rahul Malde, Senior Manager at Puma Property Finance, commented:“We are delighted to be working with HGP again and undertaking our first financing with the highly experienced developer, Olympian Homes, in what is our largest debt funding transaction to date. PBSA remains one of our core lending sectors as the shortfall of student accommodation continues to increase. Having financed schemes across the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland, this deal represents an opportunity to deliver much needed accommodation in another strong university city. We continue to have robust appetite to support further PBSA schemes for credible developers in strong locations across the UK.”

James Lindridge, Development Director at Olympian Homes, commented:”We are thankful for the pragmatic nature of Nottingham City Council in supporting our vision and addressing the supply/demand imbalance of PBSA and affordable homes within Nottingham. We look forward to progressing works onsite and contributing to Nottingham’s ambitious growth plans. The transaction demonstrates the high level of investor confidence in the UK PBSA sector, despite the turbulent macro-economic backdrop. We have enjoyed working with both Puma and HGP and believe this will be the start of a strong, long-term partnership.”