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

  • Hilltop Credit Partners is a leading opportunistic real estate manager in Europe providing medium-term, senior secured loans to experienced SME residential developers;
  • MCAP Global Finance (UK) LLP is the UK subsidiary of New York based Marathon Asset Management LP, a leading global credit manager with $23bn in assets under management;
  • The capital will be used to finance the development of 213 newbuild apartments in Worcester City Centre. The scheme is scheduled to be delivered in Q2 2024, with construction undertaken by the Elliot Group.
  • The scheme is part of the largest regeneration project in Worcester, aimed at regenerating the Sherriff’s Street area in Worcester City Centre.

OakNorth Bank, the UK bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, Hilltop Credit Partners, the specialist funding partner for SME residential developers, and MCAP Global Finance (UK) LLP, the UK subsidiary of New York based Marathon Asset Management, have provided a £33M business loan to Sherriff’s Gate Development Limited.

The debt facility will be used to develop 213 affordable new-build apartments in Phase I of the Sherriff’s Gate Development in Worcester City Centre. The planned development is a multi-phase, mixed-use scheme that will ultimately consist of 469 apartments, 40,000 sq. ft. of commercial and retail space, a 200-room hotel, several restaurants, 10-pin bowling lanes, a cinema, a gym, and nearly 1,000 new parking spaces. The development is part of the Worcester City Masterplan, which calls for the delivery of over 3,000 new homes; nine new parks, squares and public spaces; 8,600 new jobs; 14km of new cycle infrastructure; and the restoration of eight historic buildings. The development team will be led by Stennard Harrison, Jr., CEO of Sherriff’s Gate Limited, who has 30 years of construction and development experience in the Worcester market.

Led by a highly successful team with 360-degree sector experience in real estate development, Hilltop is a real estate development lending platform founded by Paul Oberschneider, who has more than 25 years of experience in property development and asset management. Backed by Round Hill Capital, a leading global real estate investment firm with a focus on macro-driven residential real estate investment strategies, Hilltop Credit Partners aims to help developers who know their local markets but need access to tailored financing solutions to fund their projects. Hilltop’s management team have experience across real estate development, asset management, credit, banking, legal, tax and fund operations. Over the past three decades, the team has underwritten residential and commercial deals across Europe and the UK, including the origination, syndication, and re-structuring of c. $15bn in loan portfolios.

Paul Oberschneider, Founder and CEO of Hilltop Credit Partners, said: “Over the past two years, Hilltop has been an active player in the UK development lending market, supporting SME residential developers and providing funding for new homes across the UK. Our partnership with Marathon, one of the world’s leading institutional credit managers, will allow us to fund larger developments with whole loans of up to c. £100m. Having secured a loan-on-loan facility from OakNorth Bank back in 2019, we knew they’d be the right funding partner for this transaction – the team is collaborative, commercial, and entrepreneurial.”

Mohith Sondhi, Senior Director of Debt Finance at OakNorth Bank, continued: “We are pleased to be continuing our long-standing relationship with Hilltop Credit Partners to provide senior financing for Sherriff’s Gate, which will provide affordably priced housing in the historic West Midlands city of Worcester, delivered by an experienced local developer. We look forward to working on additional transactions with the Hilltop team.”




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.

Since its launch, the bank has:

  • Lent over £7B, directly helping with the creation of 31,600 new jobs and 22,300 new homes across the UK.
  • Raised deposits from c.160,000 savers.
  • Supported several hundred 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 www.oaknorth.co.uk for more information.

About Hilltop Credit Partners

Hilltop Credit Partners is a London-based specialist end-to-end funding partner for small and mid-sized residential property developers across the UK.

With a proven track record in property development, asset management and financial structuring, Hilltop is funding the future of housing, with a one-stop funding solution covering the entire development lifecycle.

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For more information, please visit Hilltop Credit Partners at www.hilltopcreditpartners.com

About Marathon Asset Management

Marathon Asset Management LP is a global credit manager with $23 billion in assets under management. The firm was formed in 1998 by Chairman & CEO Bruce Richards and CIO Louis Hanover. With offices in New York City, London, and Tokyo the firm has more than 160 employees worldwide. Marathon deploys capital in the public and private credit markets, corporate loans and bonds, emerging market debt and structured credit markets, including real estate and asset-based lending. For additional information, please visit www.marathonfund.com

For more information, please visit Marathon Asset Management at www.marathonfund.com

Media contact

Valentina Kristensen, Director, Growth & Communications – valentina.kristensen@oaknorth.co.uk / press@oaknorth.co.uk / 0757 234 9009


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