LaSalle has provided fixed-rate green loan facility of €149.7m (£130m) to finance Greystar’s acquisition and development of a 770-bed student housing asset in Wembley Park, London. The loan was provided through LaSalle Debt Investments – one of Europe’s leading alternative real estate lending platforms, established in 2010.
The project is situated within the highly sought-after Wembley regeneration area, an established neighbourhood benefiting from diverse local amenities and facilities. The project benefits from excellent transportation links and is a five-minute walk to Wembley Park station, providing easy access to Central London. It is also well connected to a range of London’s leading universities, such as King’s College London and the London School of Economics.
The green loan will partially fund the construction of the 770-bed asset which is scheduled to complete in the summer of 2025. The development will comprise 20 storeys with 12,000ft² of amenities, including a co-working space, external courtyards and gardens, a gym and bike storage. The development has been designed with state-of-the-art sustainability credentials in mind, aiming to achieve a BREEAM rating of “Excellent” and targeting a ‘Two Star’ Fitwell accreditation.
Ben Mowbray, Senior Director – Investment, Greystar, said: “LaSalle’s green loan facility will help us deliver a substantial, but most importantly sustainable student accommodation asset in Wembley. We are committed to ensuring our assets provide a home away from home for students in a time of unprecedented demand without compromising the environment.”
Robert Fay, Director, Debt Investments, LaSalle, said: “We look forward to helping Greystar deliver a best-in-class student product with strong sustainability credentials. This loan represents LaSalle’s fourteenth loan facility secured against student accommodation, a sector we have strong conviction in across our wider European business.”
Fiammetta Granchi, Vice President, Debt Investments, LaSalle, added: “This facility with Greystar is fixed rate and does not require syndication, providing enhanced stability to the borrower. The loan was structured as a green loan, compliant with the Loan Market Association’s green loan framework and Green Loan Principles. As the drive towards superior environmental performance accelerates, we are committed to supporting our borrowers to deliver high-quality, sustainable accommodation.”