• Brachers has advised East Sussex-based Plumpton College as part of their ongoing campus redevelopment project.

    The College provides a range of specialist courses in the land and environment sector. The redevelopment of the site, including the building of new and replacement facilities, such as an Agri-Food Hub and a new Pig Unit, will allow the College to continue to provide the best learning experience for current and future students.

    To facilitate the overall development, the College has entered into a partnership with Clydesdale Bank for its banking facilities.

    Partner Ash Jilani led the team, with support from Commercial Property Associate Ben Gallafant, Construction Consultant Jane Ryland and Commercial Partner Alex Cosgrove.

    The team advised the College on all aspects leading up to drawdown. This included specific advice on the loan documentation, the construction documents relating to the redevelopment, and regarding the Colleges’ status as a statutory corporation established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and an exempt charity.

    Ben Gallafant said: “This is an exciting time for Plumpton, who have shown their commitment to remaining at the forefront of excellence in education and training in the land and environment sector. It has been a pleasure to help them unlock this new facility and see them continue to grow. We look forward to working with them in the future.”

    Jeremy Kerswell, Principal at Plumpton College, said: “Brachers have delivered expert legal advice to Plumpton College during the most recent phases of our redevelopment, which has ensured the legal aspects of this project have gone smoothly and met key deadlines. I would like to thank them for their ongoing support as we focus on the continuous improvement of the college.”

    In addition to the arrangement with Clydesdale, Plumpton College was one of a collaboration of eight Sussex college groups awarded over £7 million pounds of funding to develop green technologies and deliver education for sustainable land management and food production. The college will lead on land management for a zero carbon environment, alongside four other ‘green theme’ project work streams.

    Brachers has recently retained a Commercial Property Band 1 ranking in The Legal 500 2022, with clients quoted in the directory commenting that the team are “excellent”, “always responsive” and with “a wealth of experience.”

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