Property firm secures £27m funding deal

Published: 14th August 2018

Sheffield-based New Era Developments (NED) has negotiated new banking facilities and funding of £27m to support the continuing development of student accommodation.

Established in 2000, New Era Developments recently completed phase one of New Era Square which provides state of the art accommodation for students.

The funding from Barclays will enable the company to complete the second phase of the development which will take the number of student beds to 656, in addition to the provision of leisure and office accommodation positioned around a central square.

Jerry Cheung, managing director of New Era Developments, said: “Building New Era Square in the heart of Sheffield has been an amazing journey and we’re thrilled that Barclays has been able to support this development, enabling us to complete our vision of delivering fantastic student accommodation for a vibrant and thriving community. Phase 2 of the development will include a Chinese Incubator Unit which is expected to provide significant inward investment from China and will see a partnership in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University once complete.”

New Era Developments employs 15 people locally and completion of New Era Square is expected to create around 400 jobs.

Ashley Airey, Barclays property relationship director, put together the funding package for the deal.

He said: “This is our first step in to the student accommodation market with Jerry and his team and we are delighted that Phase 1 is already complete. We have a great track record in the property sector and we’ve worked hard to understand the specific needs of the project in collaboration with local stakeholders. This enabled us to provide a tailored funding package to help build one of Sheffield’s newest student accommodation offerings as well as allowing us to add value by way of the introduction of a ‘pop-up’ branch to assist incoming students open UK bank accounts on arrival.”

Barnsdales manage the New Era Development and are delighted to have supported New Era Developments and Barclays on this new funding.

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