Ingenious today announces that Ingenious Real Estate Finance has completed a bridging loan deal with Cole Waterhouse to support its development of a key site in Digbeth, Birmingham, paving the way for the creation of Upper Trinity Street (UTS), a £260 million mixed-use scheme which will deliver 943 homes and a new public park for the city.
Ingenious Real Estate entered into an agreement with Cole Waterhouse to agree a bridging loan over 24 months to acquire the land from multiple private owners, with Auxillium Real Estate acting as the debt broker.
The purchase comes after Birmingham City Council granted planning permission in July 2021 for the transformation of the industrial land into a cultural, commercial and residential scheme. It will include the creation of Pump House Park which will sit alongside the canal and the historic lock keeper’s cottage which will be retained.
Last year, Cole Waterhouse signed the first tenants at UTS including the world’s first Museum of Youth Culture, Birmingham Music Archive and Digbeth’s Pat Benson Boxing Academy which together will occupy over 15,000 sq. ft. of space. Designed by Corstorphine & Wright, UTS will deliver a blend of rentable and open market sale homes, some with live-work space and roof gardens, a 133-bedroom hotel, 60,000 sq. ft. of flexible commercial space, car parking and large new areas of public realm across a network of landscaped yards, squares and hidden spaces.
The development of UTS is expected to create 600 jobs during the construction phase, deliver £229.5 million Gross value add (GVA) to the local economy and will create up to 313 additional jobs once built. Phase one will see the development of a portion of the residential element of the scheme comprising build-to-rent housing.
Ingenious Real Estate continues to secure deals with, amongst others, loans totalling £26 million to support the development of 55 new-build family homes in Somerset and Devon; an industrial loan in Battersea, South West London for planning for a modern 8-unit warehouse & logistics scheme spanning over 30,000 square feet; a development facility to fund 48 industrial units at Magna Park near Poole; and a bridging finance deal in Felixstowe for 19 two, three and four bed houses.
Ingenious believes that the successful loan agreements represent the continued demand for residential real estate development across the UK, despite initial concerns around delays to construction as a result of COVID-19.
Formed in 2013, Ingenious Real Estate focuses on providing senior development and bridging finance to well-designed schemes in locations across the UK that have a proven demand. Typical loan terms are 18-30 months, and the team has since completed more than £600 million worth of transactions. The current portfolio balance is weighted towards residential, with the majority of Ingenious developments qualifying for Help to Buy.