Transatlantic law firm, Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), has advised Grainger on the forward funding of a key build-to-rent development project at Sweet Street, Leeds which will be developed by Oakapple Group.

This 216 apartment build-to-rent project forms part of the Holbeck Urban Village which is a key area of the south bank regeneration initiative. The twelve storey development includes a range of contemporary one bed, two and three bedroom apartments which are being built specifically for the rental market, together with basement car parking and residents facilities.

Julia Dacre Field, Partner in the Real Estate team at Womble Bond Dickinson, led on the transaction which involved negotiation of the land and forward-funding development agreements. Her team advised Grainger on real estate; construction; planning; tax and property litigation matters.

The team included; Dale Armstrong, Associate in Real Estate; Ian Atkinson, Partner in Construction;  James Garbett, Managing Associate in Planning; Lee Parbery, Managing Associate in Tax; and Fiona Graham, Managing Associate in Property Litigation.

Julia commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have worked on the Fabrik scheme with Grainger. I am proud that our cross and multi-disciplinary build to rent team here at Womble Bond Dickinson were involved in this regeneration scheme in the significant and emerging South Bank area of the city. Grainger is one of our long standing clients and we look forward to working with them on more exciting projects in the future.”

Max Sugden, Grainger’s Acquisitions Manager, commented: “The Sweet Street development is an important project for us, with Leeds being one of our key target locations. Womble Bond Dickinson’s advice and support has been very welcome in helping us complete on this deal.”

Ranking in the UK’s top 20 law firms, Womble Bond Dickinson provides legal expertise in eleven key sectors from across eight offices in the UK and 19 offices in the US.