Howard Kennedy advise Octopus Real Estate on refinance facility for commercial development Enterprise City, St. John's

18 Jul 2019
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Howard Kennedy advises Octopus Real Estate in respect of its provision of a £8.52m refinance facility to Manchester Quays part of Allied London for new phase of commercial development Enterprise City, St John’s, Manchester City Centre.

This site forms part of a 13.5-acre development Enterprise City, St John’s - a media, tech and creative cluster delivered on the former site of ITV Granada Studios. The property is within a prime, high profile location on the west side of Manchester City Centre.

The local council and Allied London originally created partnership to jointly redevelop the site which Allied London now controls. The borrower plans to develop the second phase of Enterprise City consisting of 750sq ft of development with detailed planning consent already granted for 110 sq ft.

Due for practical completion in 2021, one site has planning for an 86,600 sq ft net office building with a basement, ground and eight upper floors. The borrower is seeking amended planning consent for the second site, to change from a 287-unit residential tower and 110-key hotel, to a further 350,000 sq ft office and leisure tower forming a further phase of Enterprise City, St John’s.

Allied London and Manchester City Council acquired the land in September 2013 for approximately £30m under the name of Manchester Quays Limited. Originally in partnership with Manchester City Council to jointly redevelop St John’s into a mixed-use area with an emphasis on media, broadcasting and technology, the partnership is now restructured to facilitate the Factory development - subsequently leading to Allied London solely controlling St John’s.

Working on the deal was partner, Steve Clinning, and senior associate, Laura Brown in Howard Kennedy's Banking and Real Estate Finance Team. Steve Clinning commented:

"We have worked on many transactions for Octopus and it's not unusual for us to have to deal with a complex development site funding which had to be completed in a short time scale.  All parties worked together closely to ensure that this was achieved and we were delighted to be involved in such an exciting redevelopment opportunity for an iconic site in Manchester."


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