A new type of residential property is being built right now at Ørestad in Copenhagen by NREP, a leading real estate investor and innovator in the Nordics. The company is a pioneer of sustainability in real estate and has also created the world’s first 100% recycled concrete building.
When completed, the five buildings of UN17 Village will host more than 500 apartments grouped around common areas such as a dining house for residents and visitors, a health clinic focusing on residents’ well-being and a health centre, as well as a sharing centre for residents wanting to contribute even more to circular economy.
Landmark for sustainable construction
The project will be a landmark for sustainable construction, and it has also coincided with considerable development in sustainable financing solutions and products.
“When the project was first presented to us two years ago, we saw that it would require new solutions for both construction as well as financing. Along the way Nordea has developed green bonds and green construction loans which was important to the customer,” says Lasse Clausen, Client Executive in Real Estate East, Business Banking Denmark.
The UN17 Village project will be completed in five stages, with the first two completed during the second quarter of 2023 and the last stage during the fourth quarter of 2024. Nordea will also provide mortgage financing for the project after completion.
“NREP and Nordea have a long-standing relationship and we have done multiple construction projects together across the Nordics. Therefore, when we decided to pursue this pioneering project, collaborating with Nordea for financing was a natural step,” says Martin Schultz Nielsen, Investment Manager, NREP, and elaborates:
“Having the possibility to go with Nordea’s green construction financing option further supports the vision and ambitions that we have for this project, and we are pleased that Nordea shares our interest in making projects with a strong focus on sustainability possible.”
The Danish Green Investment Fund was onboarded to the project by end-2020 to provide additional funding, as price increases were expected to be in the horizon, and also thanks to their experience in financing other green initiatives.