Lodestone has advised UPP, the UK’s leading provider of student accommodation infrastructure, in a growing but increasingly competitive market. Driving a clear strategic communications agenda, Lodestone has enabled UPP to make a step change in its policy impact and thought leadership through their partnership activity with the Higher Education Policy institute (HEPI) at Party Conference every year.
Lodestone has also supported the company through a number of exciting financial milestones. Advising on its £1.8 billion (enterprise value) sale to current investors and to launch their debut £382.1 million public bond issuance. Lodestone also provided PR support to its new tranche of £149.7 million index linked senior secured notes under its investment grade programme in 2014.
Together, UPP and Lodestone have worked on multiple planning projects. This has included helping UPP secure unanimous approval for its 1,200 student bedroom scheme for the University of London by providing community consultation support, press office and political advice. Lodestone has also supported on helping to secure a £130-million 1,460 student accommodation scheme at the University of Hull, as well as the largest build of on-campus accommodation since 2012 at the University of Exeter.
Lodestone and UPP were shortlisted for the PRCA’s City & Financial Awards – Best Strategic and corporate brand campaign in 2016.