No. 1 Grosvenor Square
16/10/2017 by Buildington
International investment manager M&G Investments will provide a £517 million whole loan to Lodha UK for the development of No. 1 Grosvenor Square.

The entire loan will be invested and held by funds managed by M&G.

No. 1 Grosvenor Square is amongst the most high profile residential developments currently in the capital. On completion in December 2019 it will provide 48 residential units with on-site leisure amenities at one of the most prestigious addresses in London designed by the acclaimed international interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg. Lodha purchased the site in2014 and in 2015 Westminster City Council granted consent for its complete redevelopment.
Grosvenor Square is undergoing a period of significant changes. In addition to the development by Lodha, Rosewood has recently been announced as the hotel operator for the redevelopment of the former US Embassy at the western end of the square.

Dan Riches, Director, Real Estate Finance, M&G Investments, commented: “We have worked extremely closely with Lodha over the past 12 months to ensure the delivery of the development of this historic site in central London. Lodha has proven to be a highly capable counterpart with deep understanding of this market and has assembled a top tier project team for the development of No. 1 Grosvenor Square.
“M&G’s direct origination model gives our institutional investors direct access to prime real estate such as No. 1 Grosvenor Square. Our unique ability to invest and hold large loans on the most complex of transactions has proven extremely attractive to borrowers and provides us with more opportunities to create value for our investors.

“Private credit investments have become increasingly sought after by institutional investors seeking higher returns than are available in more liquid markets.”

Ab Shome, Director of Finance, Lodha UK, added: “We are delighted to be supported by M&G Investments to fund the delivery of this unique development. M&G’s size, stability and long-term outlook make them the perfect funding partner for such a significant and prestigious project.”

Gabriel York, Co-Head of Lodha UK, added: “M&G’s backing is a significant endorsement of our Grosvenor Square project and marks a major milestone in the growth of our UK
business.”

M&G’s Real Estate Finance team has invested over £7 billion in commercial mortgages (as at 6 October 2017) in the UK and Europe and is one of the largest new lenders to emerge since the 2008 global financial crisis.
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