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Castle Gate Projects’ team have extensive experience of public sector finance and of procuring senior, subordinated and mezzanine debt, as well as equity investment.

Our team has worked for investors and has provided funding solutions for an extensive number of public private partnership projects.

As service demand is increasing and budgets decreasing, an investment partner can help you achieve your transformation strategy with either short or long term investments. We develop affordable on or off balance sheet solutions, by maximising capital release from assetsor providing access to finance, or a mix of both. We deliver financial solutions for owner occupiers or investment solutions for those who prefer to lease.

Our team are responsible for sourcing, structuring and managing investment solutions for our own projects, directly for our clients and for third party partners.

As an independent organisation, funding models are structured around three core investment criteria:

  1. Client affordability – current and for the full term of the agreement
  2. Risk transfer – appropriate risk allocation – getting the balance right to deliver maximum value for money
  3. Flexibility– change in public sector is constant, so built-in change provisions and flexibility are critical

We are able to offer independent financial packages that are tailored to meet our clients’ needs.

The range of services offered includes:

  • Project and development finance solutions
  • Financial modelling
  • Development appraisal and risk analysis
  • Direct access to private finance
  • Arrangement of senior debt
  • Legal and commercial negotiations
  • Development and shareholding agreements
  • Whole life asset cost and management
  • Provision of life cycle investment profiles
  • Management of due diligence process
  • EU procurement compliance and advice
  • Benchmarked and auditable process
  • Risk transfer planning
  • Ability to blend client capital with other finance
  • Grants applications including Section 106 and CIL funds
  • Balance sheet advice
  • VAT recovery expertise

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Introducing ZCap – Our Zero Investment Model

For public sector clients that are interested in a lease agreement then ZCap, our Zero Investment Model may be of interest. Though we can still provide independent financial solution this unique PPP agreement has been negotiated so that the public sector can share in any long term investment returns, with no capital investment needed and lease premiums still being agreed by the District Valuer. In summary, the model is structured as follows:

  • SPV Company formed and majority owned by the public body
  • Public body has control and governance over asset
  • SPV share the development costs, design fees etc, can be included into funding model
  • No requirement for public sector investment, but can be accommodated
  • SPV would develop the facility supported by a private investment fund agreement
  • Public body head lease allowing sub leases or occupation licences for building flexibility
  • 25 year lease on or below DV valuation with 3 yearly upward rent increases linked to RPI
  • Flexibility in the choice of lease structure
  • SPV will own the property and share SPV dividends between shareholders

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Our clients say...


"David has provided a highly professional approach to the brief. His thorough understanding of capital developments in primary and community healthcare settings, gained through extensive experience, shines through. He has provided trusted guidance to overcome obstacles and has worked tirelessly and diligently to ensure our best interests have been met."

Dr Neil Turton, Chief Executive, Salford Primary Care Together