Hines and Blue Noble Expand Student Housing Platform with Almost 600 Additional Beds in the Milano Bovisa Area

With an investment of over €80 million, the student accommodation project aims to meet demand from the nearby Politecnico di Milano university campus

(Milan) – Hines, the global real estate firm, and Blue Noble, the international real estate investment manager, have finalized an investment of over €80 million, through the Student2 fund managed by Antirion SGR S.p.A., for the construction of new student accommodation in the heart of the Politecnico di Milano university campus in the Bovisa area. The project will be built on land that is currently vacant covering c.45,000 square meters.

The plan is for two buildings that will take three years to build and are expected to be complete in 2025. One building will have approximately 250 beds rented at subsidized rates. The second building, with free market rents, will be able to accommodate more than 300 students in spacious units. The buildings will be built in line with the highest international standards of sustainability and energy efficiency with the aim of achieving the LEED Gold certification.

The new hub that will house the university accommodation will feature high-quality design throughout, from the choice of materials to the rich variety of facilities offered such as study rooms, a gym, yoga room, laundry, and film room, plus well-equipped common areas, all of which cater to the needs and priorities of Milan’s growing international student population.

In addition, the ground floor of one of the two buildings on Via Andreoli will house an innovative retail area. The street, which connects the engineering and design departments of the Politecnico will have bookshops, grocery stores, cafés and restaurants. A major urbanization project is also planned with the creation of green areas and the implementation of local infrastructure, such as pedestrian areas and city links with the introduction of a new tram stop.

The project also aims to help redevelopment of this neighborhood with the introduction of new retail spaces and areas for socializing that connect the two parts of the city on either side of the railway line. This student residence will represent an important link with MoLeCoLa, the Milan Bovisa regeneration project in which Hines has invested and is acting as strategic advisor. With a surface area of over 90,000 square meters, MoLeCoLa aims to become the new technological district, enhancing the innovative direction taken by this area also through a sustainable-centric lifestyle model.

Mario Abbadessa, senior managing director & country head of Hines Italy, commented: “Investing in Milan’s student population serves as a strong driver of the city’s growth and development. The location of this new student accommodation scheme allows us to extend our presence in the living sector and strengthen our presence in the Milano Bovisa area. This new investment complements the nearby MoLeCoLa urban regeneration project, illustrating Hines’ commitment to the region and our ability to deliver high-quality schemes meeting the evolving demands of Milan’s residents.”

Paul Forshaw, founding partner and CEO of Blue Noble, said, “With two significant existing projects adjacent to Bocconi University already operational or nearing completion, this will form Blue Noble’s third student housing development in the City of Milan, working closely with our long-standing local partners, Hines Italy. The Bovisa area is set to benefit from significant investment and we are pleased to play our part in the wider urban regeneration plan. As with our existing projects, this latest development will afford students exceptional accommodation and amenity paired with the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency.”

During the transaction, Hines was assisted by DLA Piper for the structuring phase, the regulatory aspects and relationships with the financing banks, as well as by Linklaters for the legal, administrative and urban planning issues. EY took care of the tax aspects, including the tax structuring and acquisition phase, Yard Reaas Group managed the technical issues and JLL provided commercial advice. In addition, Ammlex oversaw town planning, NCE advised on the environmental aspects and the architectural project was designed by Park Associati. Finally, Dils was the commercial advisor.

About Hines

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 285 cities in 28 countries. Hines oversees investment assets under management valued at approximately $90.3 billion¹. In addition, Hines provides third-party property-level services to 373 properties totaling 114.2 million square feet. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired approximately 1,530 properties, totaling over 511 million square feet. The firm currently has more than 198 developments underway around the world. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a foundational commitment to ESG, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world.

Since entering Europe in 1991, Hines has grown its European platform to include offices in 17 cities as well as a presence in 60 cities in 14 countries. Hines oversees investment assets under management valued at approximately €24.5 billion and provides third-party property-level services totaling 4.3 million square meters in Europe, in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Visit www.hines.com for more information.

  1. Includes both the global Hines organization as well as RIA AUM as of 31 December 2021

About Blue Noble

Blue Noble LLP (‘Blue Noble’) is an independent, full service real estate investment management company, authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’). Blue Noble was founded in 2017 by a team of experienced real estate professionals, previously from HSBC Alternative Investments Limited.

Blue Noble offers specialist real estate investment management globally for both private and institutional investors through club deals, separate accounts and funds. Blue Noble has a substantial and diversified asset base along with significant equity capital to deploy.

Visit www.bluenoble.co.uk for more information about the firm.

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