New funding opportunity for South-West house builders

A new funding opportunity for residential property developers in the south-west has been launched by Titlestone Property Finance.

Titlestone, which specialises in providing stretched senior debt to developers and house builders, is expanding its operation into the region, with a particular focus on Bath, Bristol and surrounding towns.

The company has kickstarted the drive by agreeing funding for eight houses in Nailsea, nine townhouses overlooking the Bristol Channel in Clevedon, a 24-house and apartment scheme in Portishead and eight flats in a listed building in Bath city centre.

Relationship Director for the South West region, Nigel Jackson comments: “We believe that there is significant pent up demand in the region from smaller house builders who can see opportunities for developments but sometimes find it difficult to get adequate finance to proceed. Our loans, which are secured by a first charge on the development site, provide a higher level of gearing than traditional lenders and allow developers to spread their equity across a greater number of projects.”

Over the past two years, Titlestone has committed more than £800 million in loans for new residential schemes across the south of England, ranging from executive family homes in Surrey to the development of 40 private and affordable apartments above office space in London.

The company is interested in supporting refurbishment and conversion projects, as well as new build apartments and housing schemes. It will also consider multi-unit schemes which include affordable units and a small commercial element.

Titlestone, which is backed by Oaktree Capital, typically provides loans of between £1.5 million and £25 million per project and focuses primarily on supporting residential developers with proven track records and identified sites in strong locations.

Robert Orr opens Fleur-de-Lis

Titlestone CEO Robert Orr was delighted to open the Fleur-de-Lis development in Christchurch, Dorset undertaken by their client Renaissance Retirement. A new build of 26 luxury apartments, the Christchurch development is one of several projects being funded by Titlestone for Renaissance Retirement who are led by Robert Taylor and Chris Goddard.


Boultbee embarks on 12 month £100m buying spree

Steve Boultbee-Brooks’ investment and development outfit Boultbee LDN has revealed plans to acquire another £100m worth of sites over the next 12 months.

The London-based firm was only founded by the property entrepreneur last year, but has already built up a £150m development portfolio of resi and mixed use projects across the capital, well ahead of its original 18-month target.

Boultbee, together with a selection of JV partners, has been snapping up schemes in areas like Marylebone, Battersea and Southwark over the last few months, the most recent being a consented resi development site on Long Lane (right), bagged for £20.15m.

The team is looking for resi and commercial opportunities on a joint venture investor and developer basis.

Steve Boultbee-Brooks, Chairman of Boultbee LDN: “Through successful relationships with our JV partners, as well as Titlestone, our funding partner, we have secured a range of residential and retail development opportunities in the last year. We are looking forward to delivering these schemes, while continuing to invest, with the aim of growing our combined development and investment portfolio to £350million by spring 2016.”

Robert Orr, Chief Executive of Titlestone: “We are delighted to have backed Boultbee LDN and their development partners over the last 12 months and look forward to building the relationship further.”

Titlestone host breakfast event with Andrew Neil

Following the success of last year’s presentation, Titlestone invited the respected broadcaster and journalist Andrew Neil to return for a second year and speak at our client breakfast event.
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