NatWest funding helps Lightbox to shine

The Lightbox residential scheme will include one, two and three-bed apartments across a 19-storey building overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal. Plans also include a full concierge service, car parking spaces and bike storage for residents.

The £28.6m finance deal with NatWest will be supported by a further £8.2m from the Greater Manchester Housing Fund to provide additional mezzanine facilities. Construction is expected to start in spring 2017, and is planned for completion in 2019.

Lightbox is part of plans for phase two of MediaCityUK’s £1bn development programme which will feature 540,000 sq. ft. of offices, 1,800 apartments and new retail and leisure areas.

MediaCityUK is a joint venture between Peel Media and Legal and General Capital.

Managing Director, Stephen Wild, said: “This is an important step towards bringing Lightbox to MediaCityUK which has already proven to be a popular development since we took it to market in May 2016.

“Our plans to double in size over the next 10 years include more hotels, bars and restaurants, as well as an increased focus on high quality places to live, so Lightbox will bring an exciting, luxury dimension to the diverse residential offering here.”

NatWest’s Head of Real Estate Finance, North West England, Heath Thomas, said: “MediaCityUK is creating a fantastic development which will enhance the local area and it is already attracting interest from potential investors and homebuyers.”

Find out more about MediaCityUK by visiting the MediaCityUK website.