Derby, DE1 | Investment Property for Sale | VES-DE1-005

Opportunity to acquire a student development with freehold in Derby city centre






Based on

deposit: £442,500

stamp duty: £101,600

mortgage fees: £1,500

conveyancing fees: £4,000






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Built in 2019, this three-storey development comprises 4x cluster flats of 6-7 ensuite bedrooms (26-beds in total) on the first and second floors, with 2x commercial units on the ground floor.

The student apartments are fully let and generate gross rental income of £141,960 per annum with estimated operating costs of £33,000 per annum, providing estimated net rental income of £108,960 per annum. The clusters have been built to a modern and basic design which is aimed at a competitive price point for student lettings (circa £105 per week per bed). Both the first and second floors have 1x cluster flat of 6 ensuite bedrooms and 1x cluster flat of 7 ensuite bedrooms, with each bedroom approximately 10 sqm in size (apart from the 7th bedroom one on each floor which is larger at circa 14 sqm).

The commercial units are currently vacant but were previously let to two tenants on 5-year fully repairing and insuring leases and in total generated a net operating income of £25,000 per annum:

  • Lease 1 = £15,000 per annum and
  • Lease 2 = £10,000 per annum.

The aggregate estimated net operating income of the development from both the student and commercial units is therefore £133,960 per annum.

The vendor plans to apply for planning permission in September 2021 to convert the ground floor commercial units into an additional 8 studio flats. It is expected that the net rental income for the ground floor studios will be £45,760 pa, totalling the overall net rental income for the development to £153,920 pa. Please note that if planning is approved the vendor will be seeking offers in the region of £2,200,000 (inclusive of freehold).

The development is ideally located in the city centre, in DE1, and all four of campuses of the University of Derby are within easy reach. It is:

  • A half hour bus ride and walk to the main campus at Kedleston Road (which is to the north on the outskirts of the city).
  • An 18-minute bus ride or 25 minutes walk to Britannia Mill campus.
  • An 18-minute bus ride or 28 minutes walk to Markeaton Street campus.
  • A 15-minute walk to One Friar Gate Square campus.

It is a 13-minute walk to Derby railway station and is on the doorstep to many local amenities, including the city centre’s retail shops, restaurants and bars. The University of Derby boasts over 19,100 students (in the 2018/19 academic year), having increased in student numbers by over 20.1% from 2014/15, equivalent to a compounded annual growth rate of 4.7% (Source: HESA). Approximately 91% of students at the University of Derby are from the UK, circa 4.5% are from the EU and circa 4.5% are other (non-EU) international students. The University of Derby is recognised as being in the top 100 universities in the UK (Source: The Complete University Guide 2020).

The vendor is seeking offers in the region of £1,770,000 (inclusive of freehold).

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About Derby, East Midlands

Derby is a city in the county of Derbyshire in the East Midlands of England. It is located on the banks of the River Derwent in the south of Derbyshire, around 15 miles west of Nottingham and 37 miles north east of Birmingham.

This area is serviced by Derby Midland railway station which is managed by East Midlands Trains. East Midland Trains operates a 2 train per hour (tph) over the Midland Main Line southbound to London St Pancras via Leicester and northbound to Sheffield. Other local routes are operated by East Midland Trains, with frequent services on the Nottingham – Matlock Derwent Valley Line and the Derby – Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent lines. CrossCountry run inter-regional services to Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley northbound and Plymouth via Bristol Temple Meads and Reading southbound (both via Birmingham New Street).

Shopping in central Derby is divided amongst three main shopping districts, these include the Cathedral Quarter, the St Peters Quarter and the Intu Derby shopping centre. The Cathedral Quarter was Derby’s first Business improvement District and includes a large variety of shops, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. This district also includes the Derby Museum and Art Gallery and Derby Central Library. The largest of these districts is the Intu Derby shopping centre which is the main shopping centre in the city, with around 199 stores, a food court and the 12-screen cinema.

There are many job opportunities in industry in Derby, it is a centre for advanced transport manufacturing, home to the world’s largest aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and Toyota Manufacturing UK’s automobile headquarters is south west of the city at Burnaston. Bombardier Transportation are based at the Derby Litchurch Lane Works were for many years the UK’s only train manufacturer and therefore the city was known as the railway centre of the UK. Derby is also home to the Royal Crown Derby, which is one of the longest-established businesses in the city and produces porcelain since the 1750s. There is also Infinity Park Derby which is a business park specifically for aerospace, rail and automotive technology.

In this area there is also a selection of local schooling options which could make this location ideal for young families looking for educational institutions in walking distance for their children. The Beckett Primary School offers mixed-sex education to the age of 11 and for those looking for education for their older children there is The Kingsmead School, which educated to the age of 16.

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