BYM Capital secires loan to acquire The Spires in North London

UK-based commercial and residential investment and development firm, BYM Capital, has secured a loan of £21.65 million from real estate funding specialist, ASK Partners, to refinance a short-term bridge loan taken out to acquire The Spires shopping centre in Barnet, North London.

Anchored by Waitrose, the centre is a central part of the local retail provision and holds a prominent position in Barnet, just off the high street. It consists of 114,052 sq ft of retail space across 32 retail units, a food store and a gym. In addition, there is a 436-space multi-storey carpark.

The Spires has a large catchment within a well-connected area of North London. It has an occupancy rate of 94% with other tenants including H&M, WH Smith, Waterstones and JD Sports.

Lucinda Lee-Bapty, chief operating officer at BYM Capital, said: “This asset’s value is strongly underpinned by long-term leases to well-known national tenants, in particular Waitrose. We were delighted to work with ASK as a valued funding partner and appreciate their understanding of the market and our asset management strategy.”

Elliot Blatt, investment manager at ASK said: “We were delighted to provide financing to BYM Capital on this site. Retail has clearly been significantly impacted by the pandemic, but shopping centres such as this with anchor tenants on long leases are still benefiting from high occupancy and footfall. I believe customers are still looking for a retail experience, possibly even more so since the national lockdowns and I am sure BYM Capital will be successful in their approach.”

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