New £25.6m University student accommodation links High Street and Brayford

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LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General) has announced that it has agreed to fund the development of two student accommodation blocks which have been pre-let to the University of Lincoln.

EBW Developments is the developer on the scheme which is a joint venture between Bloc Ltd and Marcus Worthington Properties Ltd.

The acquisition was made on behalf of Legal & General’s LPI (Limited Price Inflation) Income Property Fund for a total consideration of £25.6 million.

The apartment blocks will be situated close to the Sarah Swift building on Brayford Wharf. Photo: Sarah Barker for CityX

Let to the University of Lincoln for 21 years, the accommodation will consist of 301-ensuite student rooms arranged across two modern blocks and will be located at 179 High Street.

The ground floor of the building will include retail space and a gym which will be occupied by the university.

With completion planned for the autumn of 2019, the property will be the latest addition to the University of Lincoln’s student accommodation provision and will be located adjacent to the University campus in the city centre.

The development, which was approved by the City of Lincoln Council in July 2016, is set to enhance the links between the High Street, the University’s “Sarah Swift” building, Brayford Wharf East and the University campus.

The site is located next to the railway bridge on Lincoln High Street. Photo: Sarah Barker for CityX

Tudor Toone acted for Legal & General and JLL acted for the Developer.

Derek Gilby, Senior Fund Manager of the LPI Income Property Fund, said: “The quality of accommodation and its central location to campus can represent a large factor for students when deciding where they want to go to university.

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“We believe that quality facilities help to provide a quality education. This is an excellent buy for the fund, offering a secure long term income stream from an investment grade University as well as satisfying our objective of continuing to secure public sector tenants for the Fund.”