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Commercial Property Finance

Commercial Property Finance

UK Property Finance Ltd are experts in the field of commercial property finance, with access to specialists lenders across the UK. We strive to source the best possible rates for our clients looking to develop commercial property and land.

How is a commercial property development deal structured?

In a typical development deal there will be an initial drawdown of funds, to allow the purchase of the land/property, followed by a series of additional pre-agreed drawdowns as the development progresses.

Whilst every deal is tailored specifically to meet your individual requirements, we will usually look to secure the following:

  • 65/70% loan against the purchase price (100% if additional security is available)
  • 100% of build costs**
  • Interest Rates from 3.5% Plus Base Rate p.a.

** Build costs are paid in arrears so you will need to be able to fund the initial build costs yourself. The lender will then provide funding once the project has started.

** If you already own the land/property then we will be able to provide 100% of your build costs which will include a drawdown on Day 1 (based upon the current value of the land you already own) therefore you may not need to provide additional funds.


Lenders generally view commercial developments as more risky than residential purely due to the specialist nature of this type of project. For this reason some lenders may require the re-assurance of the units being pre-let or pre-sold before any drawdown of funds is approved.

However, if the lender can see that there is good demand for the properties then they may be willing to proceed without pre-lets/pre-sales.

Our team at UK Property Finance have extensive knowledge of the commercial property market and will be able to advise you on the best way to structure a deal and which lenders to approach.

How much will the overall cost of the commercial property development finance be?

We have created our very own calculator which enables you to input the specific terms of your deal and see exactly how much your finance package will cost and how much profit you could potentially make. Our calculator can be found on our Home page, so go ahead and see what costs and profits your commercial property development project could yield. If you need any help then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

How do commercial property development deals work?

  • Initially we will need to assess what the project costs will be and collect any paperwork that will be required by the lenders such as planning permissions, plans/drawings, evidence of experience (CV), development schedule and total build costs.
  • After advanced discussions, where we will use our expertise to guide you and will formulate the best path to follow to achieve your end goals.
  • Once we have agreed on the funding requirements you need, we will then do a search to match you with the right funding product and lender. As a whole of market broker we will be able to source the best rates and fees for you. However, it is imperative that you consider the overall package and not just the cost, as sometimes the cheapest deal is not necessarily the best option.
  • When the best deal has been agreed on, we will liaise with the lender and ensure that they have all the documents they require as well as deal with any legal aspects on your behalf including any transactions, solicitors, valuers, environmental specialists etc.
  • When all the legal aspects have been covered and the development deal is moving towards completion, we will ensure that all parties are fully aware of structure of the package and all the requirements.
  • We will be on hand for the initial drawdown, whether it be for the build or the purchase of the land, and ensure everything is in place for the commencement of your commercial property project.
  • Throughout the project we will be there whenever you need us, to advise you and ensure the finance package runs as expected. We are well equipped and have all the necessary experience to deal with any issues which may arise.
  • Once your commercial development has successfully completed we will be more than happy to assist you with funding for your next project.

Commercial Funding Uses

With full market coverage we can arrange funding for commercial developments including:

  • Retail
  • Industrial units
  • Factory premises
  • Office blocks
  • Limited Companies
  • LLPs
  • Sole traders
  • Partnerships
  • First time developers
  • Experienced operators

Give us a call on 0116 464 5544 or email us (or see our contact page for full details). Unlike many other brokers, our team is available 9 am to 9pm, 7 days a week.

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