OakNorth Bank completes a £1.2m loan to Oakwood Real Estate to convert offices by Birmingham New Street station into 38 new homes

  • Oakwood Real Estate is a property investment and development company which has been funding real estate investments and developing projects throughout the UK for over 20 years;
  • According to research from Knight Frank[1], the latest local plan for Birmingham identifies a need for a further 2,500 homes a year in order to meet demand.

OakNorth Bank – the UK bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs – has completed a £1.2m loan to Oakwood Real Estate, a  privately owned property investment and development company which has successfully funded and developed a number of UK residential properties.

The capital will be used to convert an office building by Birmingham New Street Station into a new residential development. The new homes will be completed to a high specification with Quartz worktops, handleless kitchens, engineered laminate wood flooring and porcelain tiled bathrooms.

Jay Levy, Director at Oakwood Real Estate, said: “COVID-19 will have a long-term, if not permanent, impact on demand for office space in city centres, so we felt a residential development would be more beneficial for the Birmingham community. Having worked with other high street lenders in the past, it’s evident that OakNorth Bank’s expertise outmatches that of its competitors. The team were quick, collaborative, and commercial in their thinking – all of which have helped us get to get the loan in place.

Hemesh Patel, Director of Property Finance at OakNorth Bank, commented: “Jay and the rest of the Oakwood Finance team have a successful track record of investing in and developing properties throughout the UK. Almost two thirds (60 percent) of the Birmingham population is under-35 and largely made up of young professionals, who represent the largest percentage of the UK rental market. This makes Birmingham highly attractive for property investment businesses such as Oakwood. Thanks to Dan Austin at ASK Partners for facilitating the introduction.”


[1] Knight Frank – Birmingham Market Update 2020

Notes to editors

About OakNorth Bank plc

Launched in September 2015 and founded by entrepreneurs, OakNorth Bank provides fast, flexible and accessible debt finance to the UK’s Missing Middle.

It has borrowers across a variety of sectors, including: healthcare (nursing homes and retirement villages), consumer goods, vehicle and parts manufacturing, capital goods manufacturing, household professional services (including educational services), nurseries, business support services, hospitality and recreation (including hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars, fast food outlets and limited service restaurants), SME residential and commercial property development and investment.

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

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Stephanie Kendall, Associate Director – Growth & Communications: stephanie.kendall@oaknorth.co.uk / press@oaknorth.co.uk / 0775 242 9643

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