Springfield Healthcare

OakNorth Bank has provided £7.5 million of funding to support the development of a new luxury care home in East Yorkshire.

The development will be led by Springfield Healthcare Beverley.

BGF-backed Springfield Healthcare currently operates more than 425 beds across five sites in York, Leeds and Ilkley.

The capital from OakNorth Bank will be used to develop a new, three-story, purpose-built care home in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

The debt facility will be used to develop 79 care home rooms, six care home apartments, and seven retirement flats for independent living.

Graeme Lee, founder and group chief executive at Springfield Healthcare, said: “Over the past 50 years, Springfield Healthcare has grown substantially but our core values have remained constant – to ensure the wellbeing of our clients, whether that’s at one of our homes or their own. Given the projections for people living with dementia over the next two decades, providing excellent care facilities is only going to become more vital.

“James and the team at OakNorth Bank had a clear understanding of the sector, as well as the Yorkshire region, and were transparent and collaborative throughout the process. We’re proud to be backed by a bank that has supported some of the strongest operators in the sector.”

James Espley, director of property finance at OakNorth Bank, added: “Graeme has almost three decades of experience in the care sector, having built a successful portfolio of five care homes with strong operational performance. Despite the obvious challenges presented by Covid-19, the business has continued to perform well with performance in excess of its revised budget.

“The fact that it’s managed to secure equity backing from the Business Growth Fund, is a testament to the exceptional work of Graeme and his team, and we look forward to building on the relationship in the future.

Date published: June 23, 2021

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