MARKETPLACE lender Assetz Capital has provided a loan in excess of £1m to Status Properties Ltd to help fund the development of new apartments on Union Street in Aberdeen.
The loan will be used to convert the three upper floors of a listed building, formerly offices, into nine modern flats in the heart of Aberdeen.
Consisting of a mixture of one- and two-bedroom apartments, the development will be finished to a modern standard, designed to appeal to young professionals working in and around the city centre. The project is due for completion in Autumn this year, with a show flat ready in June.
The development is the first in a number of local projects planned by Status Properties.
Since establishing in 2013, Assetz Capital has lent over £960m to UK SMEs funding projects such as commercial properties, housing developments, care homes and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA). In the last year alone, the marketplace lender has funded the construction of one in every 100 new homes.
Bruce Robertson, Relationship Director at Assetz Capital, said: “It has been a really exciting journey working with Status Properties on our shared vision to positively invest in the growth of the North East of Scotland economy. This is an example of Assetz supporting a viable and sensible scheme despite generalised economic challenges. People are willing to invest in Union Street and it’s great that we can support the team to improve the quality of stock in the Aberdeen property market. This is the latest in a number of deals in the North East of Scotland, and across Scotland as a whole, which are important growth areas for Assetz Capital.”
Alan Wallace, Director, Status Properties, said: “Union Street, Aberdeen is one of the main trading streets in Scottish cities but has suffered with the downturn in retailtrading. This releases the opportunity for city residential space which Status properties Ltd will take full advantage of.. Bruce and the team at Assetz Capital have supported us every step of the way and we’re looking forward to continuing our work with them as this process continues throughout the year.”
“Aberdeen is certainly a great place to be for young professionals seeking jobs after university and we hope that this development will attract more residents to the high street and wider area.”