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Building growth for property developers & investors

We’ve financed every kind of real estate and property development project you can imagine, from sustainable homes and student housing, to rugby stadiums and cutting-edge laboratories.

Development finance built for the real estate sector

When you need a business loan to finance a development project, or expand your property portfolio with buy-to-let, it’s vital to find a real estate loan partner who knows how your industry works.

At OakNorth we live and breathe property: whether you’re a developer or a property investor, we’ve provided property development finance to convert offices, release equity for new acquisitions, build student residences, turn vacant buildings into new homes, and much more. We’ll work with you to create bespoke loan facilities ranging from £250,000 to tens of millions, so you can get moving quickly.

Smart, fully bespoke financing

We’ll be with you from start to future, with financing shaped around the complexities of property development.

Whether it’s flexible pricing structures, covering acquisition and refurbishment in a single loan, or something else entirely, we’ll create solutions that match the full life-cycle of your project.

Reposition existing assets

We’ve helped dozens of developers breathe new life into existing properties.

From family-run housebuilders to global property developers, we can provide a range of facilities to support repositioning or refurbishment programmes.

Umbrella facilities for repeat development

Real estate projects can involve a range of activities, which may evolve into repeat development projects.

Our umbrella facilities offer multiple loans as part of one agreement, so you can deliver projects more quickly and reduce costs.

Stretched facility solutions

We work closely with a range of mezzanine finance providers, which can help you raise funds for projects through a hybrid of debt and equity financing.

This means you can spread equity among a range of different developments or purchases.

 

 

5 BN +

£ lent to the sector to date

750 +

developers supported

28 K+

new homes built using OakNorth funding

How are we making a difference?

We’re proud to have financed property development projects that regenerate neighbourhoods, create net-zero smart homes, and have helped to drive the growth of the UK’s science and technology sector. 

Meet Kevin McCabe, Founder & Chairman of Scarborough Group

Kevin found that a lot of banks had little understanding of what property businesses needed, but with OakNorth he could see that we were actually listening to his goals and ambitions. As a result, we were able to finance multiple property schemes in Leeds to transform the area with a major new office building and a new stadium.

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Expert real estate businesses choose OakNorth

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Bespoke deals for every customer

Real Estate
Capilon Hotels Group

Thursday May 30th, 2024

OakNorth has provided a £19.5m co-loan with ASK Partners to independent hotel management business, Capilon Hotels Group.

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Real Estate
Blue Shield Capital

Monday May 13th, 2024

OakNorth provides £25m loan to fast-growing property lending firm, Blue Shield Capital, to fund new real estate bridging loans

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Real Estate
Caissa Holdings

Wednesday April 24th, 2024

OakNorth completes £1.3m loan to real estate firm, Caissa Holdings, to support maiden acquisition in Scotland

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Real Estate
honey

Tuesday April 2nd, 2024

OakNorth provided a further £12.2m loan to returning customer and SME housebuilder, honey, to fund part of two residential schemes.

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Real Estate
Ambassador Group

Thursday March 14th, 2024

Glasgow-based, Ambassador Group, to build new homes at historic Bangor Village, following £21m loan from OakNorth

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Real Estate
Hurstwood Holdings

Tuesday March 12th, 2024

Manchester-based property business, Hurstwood Holdings, to develop three residential schemes following £18m loan from OakNorth.

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Tailored finance to help your business grow

We’re entrepreneurs at heart, so we build our real estate loans with business owners front and centre. That means no inflexible and inefficient finance facilities, no-time wasting, and no ambiguity. Just straightforward debt finance without giving up equity. 

Not sure which financing you need? From term debt to revolving credit facilities and bridging loans, our financing is bespoke to your use case. Find out more about the different types of debt in our guide to business loans. Or, first time financing property? Check out our complete guide to property development financing to find out more.

QUICK ACCESS TO CASH

Get funded faster

We’re a bank founded by entrepreneurs, so we know just how important it is to keep things moving quickly.

With OakNorth, funds can be with you in a matter of weeks, so you can break ground without any frustrating, lengthy hold-ups.

Get started

OakNorth’s expertise outmatches that of its competitors. The team were quick, collaborative and commercial in their thinking – all of which helped us to get the loan in place.

Jay Levy, Director at Oakwood Real Estate

HIGHLY CUSTOMISED SOLUTIONS

Tailor your finance to your future

Our facilities allow you to avoid the risks and inefficiencies involved with project-by-project financing.

We’ll create a tailored facility that matches precisely what you’re trying to accomplish.

 

 

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Not only did the team stay true to their promise of moving quickly, but they also designed a bespoke facility, which gives us the flexibility to acquire the sites and then refurbish them all under one facility.

Simon Morris, Director at Nine Points Property

A TRANSPARENT PROCESS 

Meet key decision makers

The process of applying for a loan can feel mysterious and opaque sometimes, with no real insight into why you might have been approved or turned down.

OakNorth is different: we invite you to meet our Credit Committee and keep you in the loop throughout.

Get started

We appreciated the transparency of the process, both in terms of meeting the Credit Committee, but also via OakNorth’s online Lending Portal.

Ben Robert, Founder & Director of Guthrie Roberts

EXPERTS THAT UNDERSTAND BUSINESS GROWTH

Reach success with the right people

We work with a whole range of industry sectors, but we’ve backed more development projects than anything else.

From converting old fire stations to building tens of thousands of new homes up and down the country, our expertise is rooted in years of practical experience.

Get started

OakNorth has worked with some of the most-established housebuilders in the country, so they know the industry well. The team’s knowledge of the local residential sector was very apparent throughout the entire funding process.

Ian Baxter, Founder of Baxter Homes

The team at OakNorth were able to put together a single facility that captures both the acquisition and refurbishment of the hotel, allowing us to focus on the repositioning of the assets, and move quickly without interruption.

Fabio Longo, Managing Director at Bain Capital Credit

OakNorth’s experience gained from working with some of the leading property developers really shone through during the entire lending process, allowing us time to invest in areas where our own expertise and passion can make the most impact.

Kate Lawlor, CEO, Bruntwood SciTech

The OakNorth team operated quickly and transparently, with the entrepreneurial approach and commercial acumen that was promised.

Tom Carr, Co-Founder of Verto
This is the third time we’ve chosen OakNorth Bank as our funding partner and there’s a reason we keep returning to them – the team is collaborative, constructive, and commercial. There’s no broad-brush assumptions or computer-says-no decisions.
Ali Reza Ravanshad, Chairman and Founder of Dandi Group
“The fact that we managed to secure the finance we need in just one week is pretty incredible and we really appreciate the time OakNorth put in to ensure this happened.”
Oded Bar and Elad Farkash, Co-founders of Equitable Properties Ltd, part of the Morphuse Group

Fund your next move today

If you have a clear vision for growth, we can make it happen. Speak to a member of our team and we’ll help you kickstart your next move. 

FAQs

Our speed and flexibility: we’ll work with you to design something truly bespoke – so you can acquire and refurbish a site all under one facility, for example. And we’ll do it far quicker than high street banks. 

We have years of experience helping businesses avoid the pitfalls of project-by-project financing. Our umbrella facilities allow for multiple projects and the acquisition of new assets, so you can deliver projects more quickly and reduce costs. 

Along with taking the time to speak to you and understand your objectives, we also use forecasting tools to get a sense of where you’re going. We’re not restricted by historic financials, which means we can build something truly personalised, that takes into account your business’ growth trajectory. 

The cost of your loan is based on what kind of borrower you are, or your risk profile, which depends on factors like credit history, industry sector and more. We focus on speed, flexibility and competitive terms over price.

Depending on factors like your business’ risk profile and what you need the funding for, we can provide amortising loans, where you gradually pay off your debt with regular payments, as well as non-amortising loans, where you pay off the loan in a lump sum.