OakNorth completes loan to returning client Kexgill for its latest student accommodation development at the University of Hull

·       Having secured a major partnership with the University, Kexgill are one of the leading still wholly privately owned student accommodation providers in the UK;

·       Kexgill will use the finance from OakNorth to convert four semi-detached houses into 12 studio flats all of which are pre-let and to complete the 200 house purchase known as the University Quarter®;

·       The new accommodation, situated adjoining the campus, will be available for the start of the 2019 academic year;

·       OakNorth lent £12.7m to Kexgill in September last year for a major new development at the University of Hull.

OakNorth Bank – the UK bank powered by OakNorth – has provided a loan to Kexgill, one of the UKs leading student accommodation providers.

The Kexgill Group, who are in 9 UK cities and Germany including, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Dusseldorf, will use the finance from OakNorth to convert four semi-detached houses into 12 studio flats for students at the University of Hull. The Newland Park Avenue site, which will include a newly built central atrium and shared entrance, is located adjoining the campus. 

The new development is part of The University Quarter, a unique partnership between the University of Hull and the Kexgill Group, which aims to provide students with the highest standard of student accommodation and support all within a five-minute walk from the campus.

Richard Stott, Group Managing Director of Kexgill, said: “It was a pleasure to work closely with Hemesh and the team again. OakNorth has been hugely supportive in our growth journey so far and never disappoint when it comes to putting together a bespoke finance package for us in the timeframe that we need it. The University Quarter® forms an essential part of the huge development taking part on and around the campus. Other than units held back the entire Quarter as owned by the Group is fully forward let.”

Hemesh Patel, Property Finance Director at OakNorth said: “Since its launch over 40 years ago, Kexgill has grown to become one of the largest student accommodation providers in the UK, boasting over 3000 student beds across its portfolio. With the majority of its units being forward let, it’s great to see Kexgill’s recipe for success continue in a city that holds sentimental value to them, with their first ever site opening in Hull. We look forward to working with them on future projects and seeing the development once completed.”

Author: Yash Hirani

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