LGIM Real Assets has agreed to fund the development of two high-quality student accommodation blocks which have been pre-let to the University of Lincoln. The acquisition was made on behalf of Legal & General’s LPI (Limited Price Inflation) Income Property Fund for a total consideration of €29.3m (£25.6m). The scheme is a joint venture between Bloc Ltd and Marcus Worthington Properties Ltd. EBW Developments will be responsible for development.
Let to the University of Lincoln for 21 years, the accommodation will consist of 301 ensuite student rooms arranged across two modern blocks. With completion planned for the autumn of 2019, the property will be the latest addition to the University of Lincoln’s student accommodation provision and will be located adjacent to the University campus in the city centre. The development is set to enhance the links between the High Street, the University’s “Sarah Swift” building, Brayford Wharf East and the University campus.
Derek Gilby, Senior Fund Manager of the LPI Income Property Fund, commented: “The quality of accommodation and its central location to campus can represent a large factor for students when deciding where they want to go to University. We believe that quality facilities help to provide a quality education. This is an excellent buy for the fund, offering a secure long-term income stream from an investment grade University as well as satisfying our objective of continuing to secure public sector tenants for the Fund.”