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Craig McPhail

Partner, Investment


Craig McPhail

Partner, Investment

020 7312 7459
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Craig provides a full range of development and investment consultancy advice, specialising in the acquisition, disposal and funding of a variety of residential investment projects throughout the UK. Craig’s current focus is in the Student Accommodation and Build to Rent Sector.

With over 10 years’ experience and strong attention to detail, Craig adopts a proactive and hands on approach ensuring a smooth transaction process.

Passionate, erudite and driven to provide the best advice to his client, Craig has a strong reputation for integrity and confidentiality and is an exceptional example of the entrepreneurial, self breed of Partner within Montagu Evans. 

Areas of Interest

  • Investment Acquisitions and Disposals.
  • Development Funding Agreements.
  • Development Consultancy.
  • Occupational Consultancy
  • IRR Cash flow and Development Appraisal analysis.

Significant Projects

Project Montreal - Forward Funding of 6 prime student accommodation developments 

  • Advised the Europa Generation Student Fund on the forward funding of a portfolio of six developments for a gross development value of £165 million. The consideration payable to the developer Watkin Jones over the course of the developments is circa £153 million, net of client funding costs.
  • The Europa Student Generation Fund is a joint venture by Europa Capital and Generation Estates Limited to invest in prime purpose-built student accommodation in the UK.
  • The six properties are Caledon House in Aberdeen (199 beds), Bailey Fields in Sheffield (543 beds), Market Street in Newcastle (225 beds), Midland Road in Bath (108 beds), Oxford House in Bournemouth (486 beds) and Between Towns Road in Oxford (144 beds). 

Bampfylde Street, Exeter – Forward Funding sale of a prime student accommodation development 

  • Advised HG Capital on the forward funding sale of a 150 student bedroom scheme in the town center of Exeter. The property is currently under construction and will be completed in time for the 2018 /19 academic year. The property was bought by Curlew Student Trust for a gross consideration of c.£15 million representing a NIY of c.6.00%. 

Cavendish Street, Leeds – Forward Funding of a prime student accommodation development

  • Advised Blackrock on forward funding agreement with Hull-based Ashcourt Group for the development of a 239-bed student accommodation scheme in Leeds. The development site is located on Cavendish Street, less than a mile south of the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University campuses. Leeds is the UK’s fifth largest student town, with a student population of 51,000.
  • The scheme will be completed to a high specification and will incorporate a premium amenity offer, including cinema space, music room, gym, common room, cycle storage, parking, a laundry room and a terraced outdoor courtyard. 

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