Understanding ASK’s approach: a property development finance case study

ASK has now lent in excess of £800m across over 70 transactions across all real estate sectors. Just as all properties, projects and developments are unique, no two transactions have been the same, which keeps it very interesting.

By Elliot Blatt, Investment Manager

These deals have given us a wealth of experience and understanding of our clients’ situations, on top of the management team’s combined experience of 60 years. In many cases speed of execution is paramount. Our streamlined processes allow us to provide fast turnarounds even on complex deals and our unique capital base allows us to the flexibility to analyse deals differently. By balancing the probabilities of a range of possible outcomes we can offer bespoke, innovative solutions to borrowers where a metric-driven approach cannot be as effective.

Here is a funding example below which reflects an ongoing client relationship throughout a project lifecycle.

Property development finance case study: Broadoaks office building, Solihull

  • Site: 3.4-acre site, Broadoaks, Solihull including a 84,000 sq ft office building
  • Loan type: development
  • When: April 2020
  • Amount: £17.7m
  • Borrower: Investin Plc and Bespoke Construction
  • Term: 12 months
  • GDV: £27m
  • LTGDV: 66%
  • Requirement: ASK had already provided an initial loan of £10.15m in July 2019 to provide time for the Borrower to appraise the optimum scheme for the site. Once a permitted development scheme was finalised, ASK lent 100% of construction costs to build out phase 1 (approximately half the office block) into 83 residential apartments.  ASK provided this facility at the height of the first national lockdown
  • Outcome: Despite covid, the scheme was completed on time and on budget.  Covid has accelerated the trend for migration to second cities and Birmingham in particular. This development is well-located and the apartments are now almost all sold. ASK is now funding phase 2 of the scheme (a further 83 apartments and nine town houses)

What our client had to say

Roger Lal, Finance Director at ASK’s client, Investin Plc said: “ASK has funded numerous projects for Investin; it is always a pleasure to work with the team. Their market knowledge, short turnaround times and flexible approach have been key to us meeting our business goals.  ASK is set apart from other lenders by their understanding of the development cycle and their funding model which clearly enables them to take a broader view of asset values and a longer-term market view rather than the usual tick-box approach.”

Find out more

Click below to read more about the next phase of funding in this case study on our news page and find other funding examples listed on our transactions page. Or please get in touch to discuss your requirements. eblatt@askpartners.co.uk
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