Regentsmead, the UK’s leading provider of residential development finance, have found their golden touch once again, helping one of their clients to scoop three major gongs at the recent UK Property Awards hosted in Grosvenor Square. Grammy award winning guitarist and founding member of rock group Judas Priest, KK Downing has now realised his vision of creating an award winning golf resort. The Astbury Estate in Shropshire is endorsed by golfing legend Darren Clarke and currently appears on the PGA Euro Pro Tour, and with construction of luxury holiday lodges funded by Regentsmead they can already boast several accolades even before a spade goes in the ground.
The five star awards, including Best Residential Development Shropshire and Best Golf Course Development UK have meant they now face worldwide acclaim, qualifying them for the grand final in Dubai later this year.
Regentsmead Chief Executive James Bloom commented: “This is a perfect example of how working with an experienced and flexible lender that can think outside the box can help create a quality end product. When we first met the guys from The Astbury it was clear they had a vision that we were able to buy into and support. We are now almost there and with access to funding we hope they can go on to win many more accolades. With further plans for the Darren Clarke village in place, and working with Ken and his exceptionally creative team, the possibilities going forward are endless and we hope this is the first of many awards we can help The Astbury win.”
The evening, sponsored by Rolls Royce and Gaggenau, is one of the highlights for property professionals’ calendars and forms part of the International Property Awards covering Asia, Europe and Africa before culminating in the grand final in Dubai.
Ken was quick to champion the role of Regentsmead in his comments following the victorious evening noting: “When I was challenged to a game of golf in the 1980s by Def Leppard, I never thought that my life would take the route it has. For decades I have focused on the course and the way it plays, but now we’ve been able to take that up to another level with the addition of award-winning real estate.
“In the past three years The Astbury has gone from a modest 9-hole golf course to receiving international recognition and having Darren Clarke as our global ambassador. It’s a very exciting time to be a part of The Astbury team and this will give us the platform to push on to even greater projects.”
With a creative and ambitious team behind him Ken has once again hit the right chord in the property world thanks to Regentsmead’s fast and flexible approach to development funding.