WBD advises on funding and acquisition of Edinburgh Build to Rent project

WBD advises on funding and acquisition of Edinburgh Build to Rent project

Tom Willows

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has advised Build to Rent (BTR) developer PLATFORM_ on development and funding arrangements for its 464-home residential project in Edinburgh for SEK 1.5 billion (£124.4 million) by European real estate firm Heimstaden Bostad AB.

Situated in the Bonnington regeneration area of the city – which will be connected to Edinburgh city centre by tram from 2023 – the site will comprise predominantly two- and three-bedroom homes and have a total of 325,000 sq. ft of lettable space, as well as a range of amenities including a reception and concierge desk, a gym, a co-working area and rooftop terraces with views over the Water of Leith and the neighbouring Pilrig Park.

PLATFORM_ was represented by WBD and Addleshaw Goddard, while Burness Paull acted as solicitors for Heimstaden Bostad. The contractor is Graham (John Graham Construction). WBD advised PLATFORM_ on all aspects of the real estate transaction via corporate sale, including a combination of share purchase agreement; development agreement; and asset management agreement.

Tom Willows (partner, real estate), Paul Mason (partner, real estate – Scotland), Tom Fitzpatrick (partner, corporate) and Iain Pritty (legal director, corporate – England & Scotland dual qualified) led the WBD team.

Mr Mason said: “Supporting PLATFORM_ with this development funding agreement has enabled us to draw on our skills across multiple jurisdictions and disciplines to support a key project in this important regeneration area of Edinburgh.”

Mr Willows added: “Being able to complete this deal in short time frame – from agreeing terms to closing the deal in just over nine weeks – is an example of how WBD’s specialist build to rent and corporate real estate expertise combined with our multi-national reach can support large scale projects such as this.”

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