Uliving, the student accommodation developer and operator, has finalised agreements to finance a new €77.4m (£67.5m) student accommodation development for the University of Essex in Colchester.
The Copse, which will see the creation of 643 new student bedrooms, is being funded through an index-linked wrapped bond placement. Equity partners together with Uliving are Equitix and Centro Place Investment; the credit enhancer is Assured Guaranty; the bond purchaser is Pension Insurance Corporation; and the bond arranger is TradeRisks.
The Copse continues Uliving’s partnership with the University of Essex to upgrade its student accommodation offering. Having refurbished 780 existing bedrooms as part of The Quays and developed 648 new bedrooms as part of The Meadows, this new phase links in with the previous buildings and is the latest addition to the University’s Knowledge Gateway, a research and technology park at its Colchester Campus.
Work on the project is set to complete in September 2018. Bouygues UK is the main contractor and early works are already underway on site.
Nicolas Guérin, Uliving’s Board Director, said: “Finalising this innovative debt package is a major step forward for this project, which continues our partnership with the University of Essex and will see us further expanding its accommodation offer and improving its student experience. With financial close now reached and early works underway on site, I look forward to seeing this exciting project brought to fruition.”
Chris Oldham of the University of Essex, added: “We are committed to providing a first-class living and learning experience for the growing number of students who choose to study at the University of Essex. Providing high-quality, purpose-built on-campus accommodation is at the heart of that commitment and we’re pleased this latest development has received financial backing.”