Helical/Ashby secure £140m Farringdon financing
- What Allianz lends £140m to finance 33 Charterhouse Street development
- Why Facility will help fund construction of the 200,000 sq ft of office scheme
- What next First drawdown will be in Q3 2020
The joint venture partnership agreed the four-year facility, with the option to extend to a fifth year. It is expected that the first drawdown will be in Q3 2020, from which point all future development costs will be fully funded by the facility.
Acquired by the joint venture in 2019, 33 Charterhouse Street is a site adjacent to Farringdon Station on the Elizabeth Line and has planning permission for the development of c. 200,000 sq ft of office space. The building, which is targeted to complete in Summer 2022, will be opposite the new Museum of London and provide 10 floors of office space and three ground floor retail units.
Separately, the JV has exercised an option under a development agreement with The City of London to secure a new 150-year lease. The design and build contract with the principal contractor is expected to be signed shortly.
Tim Murphy, finance director of Helical, said: “We are pleased to have arranged this facility with Allianz, a new lender to Helical, particularly during the current uncertainty created by Covid-19. We look forward to working with them over the coming years as we set to work on delivering this exciting development opportunity.”
Charles-Etienne Lawrence, investment director at AshbyCapital, added: “Securing this facility is a testament to both the quality of our scheme and the strength of the sponsors. We are delighted to be partnering with Allianz and look forward to delivering a best-in-class building, which will contribute to the wider regeneration of the area.”
Roland Fuchs, head of European real estate finance for Allianz Real Estate, said: “We remain convinced that high-quality, future-thinking and best-connected office schemes in global cities such as London will continue to represent attractive financing opportunities for our investors. This, in combination with one of the most exciting submarkets in London and profoundly experienced project partners, amounted to an appealing debt investment story for Allianz.”