CBRE arranges £42m debt facility from OakNorth Bank for the development of a new retirement village in the South East

  • The borrower is a vertically integrated retirement living investor, developer and operator, catering to the unmet demand within the growing UK elderly population;
  • The business is one of a growing number backed by Private Equity or Institutional Capital.

OakNorth Bank – the UK bank powered by OakNorth – has completed a £42m loan to a vertically integrated retirement living investor, developer and operator advised by CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance team, part of CBRE Capital Advisors.

The capital will be used to develop 84 retirement homes in a purpose-built village in South-East England that will include extensive health and recreational amenities, including a spa and treatment rooms, pool, gym, lounge bar, library and restaurant.

Chris Gow, Executive Director, Debt & Structured Finance, CBRE commented: “We have seen demand for retirement properties increase over the last 12 months as a result of the pandemic. Many elderly individuals and couples are seeking to downsize and move to retirement villages where they benefit from high-end accommodation but with reduced household upkeep, as well as a community where they can have more of a social life with care availability as required.  This growth is attracting significant amounts of capital from Institutions and Private Equity firms who are looking to partner with proven operators in the sector.  Through its Operational Real Estate platform, CBRE has invested significant time in understanding the sector and its lender universe and this financing is the first of several retirement living transactions that we will complete in the coming weeks.  We were delighted to work with the team at OakNorth Bank who have a clear understanding of the retirement living sector and were able to structure a flexible and attractive facility that helped achieve our client’s goals.”

Deepesh Thakrar, Senior Director of Debt Finance at OakNorth Bank, said: “Demand for retirement housing in the UK far exceeds supply: over 11,000 new care units need to be built each year by 2026 to keep up with demand, yet only 3,220 have been built annually for the last decade. We are therefore delighted to have worked with CBRE to support the borrower in bringing this new retirement village to market. The borrower’s approach of focusing on providing the very best in luxury living underpinned by discreet care and support has turned the concept of later living on its head and will no doubt make it an attractive choice for retirees in the South East.”


Notes to editors

About OakNorth Bank plc
OakNorth Bank provides fast, flexible and accessible debt finance (from £500k to £50m) to fast-growth businesses and established property developers / investors. It has debt finance teams in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and East Anglia.

Since its launch, the bank has:
• Lent over £4.6bn, directly helping with the creation of 16,000 new homes and almost 20,000 new jobs in the UK;
• Raised deposits from c.160,000 savers;
• Supported over 750 businesses across the UK with the debt finance to pursue their growth ambitions

It is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. 

Visit for more information.

Valentina Kristensen, Director – Growth & Communications: / / 0757 234 9009

You may also be interested in

OakNorth Bank provides £35.6M loan to Bruntwood SciTech to acquire and redevelop Glasgow’s Met Tower, the city’s new tech and digital hub

Read more

OakNorth Bank, Hilltop Credit Partners, and MCAP Global Finance provide £33M loan to develop 213 new affordable homes in Worcester city centre

Read more

OakNorth Bank completes £40M loan to Zetland Capital to acquire and expand pub portfolio operated by Portobello Starboard

Read more

Subscribe to OakNorth news

Keep up to date with OakNorth's business loan products and other news via email by filling out the below.