Pure Student Living completes development financing for £125 million London sites (UK)

Pure Student Living, a London focused student accommodation brand formed in a joint venture between global alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group ("Carlyle"), and Generation Estates, today announces it has secured £125 million of funding for three developments. This comes shortly after the completion of its first development, Pure Highbury in Finsbury Park.

Barclays and Lloyds have provided long-term finance for Pure Highbury.

Finance for three of the properties has been provided by Barclays and Lloyds which will enable Pure Student Living to start the £37 million (approx. €46.7 million) construction at the Pure Hammersmith site, the former Hammersmith Palais concert venue and nightclub, and its Pure City development on Goswell Road in Islington. In addition, Investec has provided a development facility for Pure Bankside, a £15 million (approx. €€19 million) project on Ewer Street in Southwark.

These developments are due to be delivered during 2013 and 2014 and, once completed, will extend Pure Student Living's capacity to c.1,800 beds in London. In parallel to the building's completion last week in time for the 2012 University Clearing and the new academic year, Barclays and Lloyds have also provided long-term finance for Pure Highbury, freeing additional capital to drive the venture's student accommodation program.

Pure Hammersmith will provide 418 rooms and is ideally located given the extreme shortage of purpose-built student accommodation in West London. Ground works have already commenced on the site and the property, which will incorporate many features from the former iconic music venue, is expected to complete for the 2013 academic year.

Pure Bankside, in Ewer Street in Southwark, which is located close to major institutions including King's College London and the London School of Economics, will provide 150 rooms designed as single ensuite studios and will be complete for the 2013 academic year.

The Pure City site was acquired from City University London and Carlyle has since worked closely with the University and the London Borough of Islington to secure planning consent to develop the existing outdated student accommodation and sports centre.

Works have started and once complete in September 2014 the project will consist of three new buildings, providing 805 rooms of student accommodation, together with a new 30,000 ft² (approx. 2,787 m²) sports hall and gym as well as 23,000 ft² (approx. 2,136 m²) of space for academic use which are pre-let to the University.

Pure Student Living was founded by global alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group, which has pioneered student housing in The Netherlands through its The Student Hotel brand, and Generation Estates, whose management team has been responsible for circa. 5,000 high-quality, purpose built student beds in London since 2004.

Source: Pure Student Living

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