Retirement scheme developer Affordable Housing & Healthcare Group (AHH) has secured a £60m loan from OakNorth for the development of three affordable retirement living schemes in Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset.
The sites have over 400 units between them and will be built with a range of communal facilities and services including: a convenience store, hair salon, treatment rooms, fitness and activity suite, bistro/bar, private lounge and dining and a dedicated lifestyle management team providing care and wellbeing services.
Matt Leahy, Director, Debt Finance at OakNorth, said: “This part of the housing market in the UK is clearly underserved and AHH are delivering a unique proposition that is purely focused around a needs-based model. No developer in this space of the market is delivering high quality schemes that fully cater for the broad residential needs of older people both physically (on site high service provision amenities), socially (creating communities) and financially (shared equity options on purchase).”
Julian Shaffer, CEO of AHH, added: “We focus on affordable housing and healthcare solutions in sectors where there is a growing need and a shortage of supply. Working in partnership with government we specialise in the delivery and operations of affordable supported retirement communities and premium elderly healthcare infrastructure.
“With this finance from OakNorth, we’ll be able to have a positive impact on hundreds of people’s lives and bring some much-needed new affordable retirement communities to these counties. Matt and the team at OakNorth took the time to understand our business and have structured a very tailored lending facility that will massively support our growth ambitions going forward.”