YPG Fabric District
The Liverpool scheme won approval in 2019 but little work has taken place. Credit: via planning documents

Covid to blame for collapse of YPG subsidiary, director says 

Dan Whelan

YPG Investar Islington House, the vehicle delivering the 413-apartment Fabric Village in Liverpool, has entered administration after a deal to secure development funding for the project fell through due to the pandemic. 

“I feel devastated about the whole situation. The pandemic has crippled parts of our business,” YPG director Ming Yeung told Place North West. 

Yeung said the company had agreed an £18m financing deal with Maslow Capital prior to the pandemic but that when concerns over the impact of the pandemic grew in March 2020, Maslow pulled out.

When the pandemic hit, YPG had taken deposits for 163 of the 219 apartments in the Fabric Village first phase, known as Fab 1. Sales were suspended in March 2020, Yeung said. 

YPG had earlier taken out a £3.3m bridging loan from Cynergy Bank to buy the Fabric Village site from Downing, a plot off Islington and Gildart Street.  

The developer had hoped to repay Cynergy once the Maslow Capital deal had been finalised. 

After Maslow pulled out, Cynergy extended its facility beyond the originally agreed period but then sought to recoup its money by appointing administrators to YPG Investar Islington House, as first charge holders. 

Earlier this year, YPG had agreed another funding deal with London Wall Lending to repay Cynergy and ward off the threat of administration. 

However, before that deal could go through, YPG discovered that 70 out of 163 investors held unilateral notices on the land. 

UN1s secure an individual’s investment and are designed to ensure creditors are repaid in the event of administration. 

YPG Gildart Street Renders

Split across three blocks reaching 10-storeys, the apartments were available from £95,000. Credit: via planning documents

With UN1s in place, a new lender’s position is riskier, Yeung explained. As a result the deal with London Wall could not complete until they were removed.  

“UN1s are the death knell to development finance,” Yeung said. 

Yeung set about engaging with investors to remove the UN1s in order to progress the London Wall agreement and managed to do so in 57 instances. 

The director hoped that he would be able to ask the courts for more time before administrators were appointed in order to complete the London Wall deal and pay Cynergy back. 

However, the final 13 UN1 holders did not agree to remove the notices, scuppering the funding deal, Yeung said. 

As a result, Cynergy could not be repaid and the lender appointed FRP Advisory as administrator last week. 

FRP’s David Shambrook and Phillip Reynolds will oversee the administration according to a London Gazette filing. FRP was contacted fro comment. 

“I am working with [the administrators to find a solution,” Yeung said. “The majority [of investors] are still keen to see the development go forward.” 

Yeung backed this up by claiming that 75% of investors had signed deeds of variation in relation to the Fabric Village project, effectively acknowledging it would take longer than originally planned to recoup their investment. 

The appointment of administrators casts doubt over the future of the Fabric Village project. But there is hope for investors, whose deposits are insured, according to Yeung.

Two policies totalling around £350,000 to insure two-thirds of each deposit paid to YPG were taken out, Yeung said.

Fabric Village was granted approval in 2017 but little work has occurred at the site. 

One Baltic Square Liverpool

Nexus Residential bought a scheme in the Baltic Triangle from YPG earlier this year. Credit: via This Generation

Split across three blocks reaching 10-storeys, the apartments were available from £95,000, according to the Fabric Village website. 

YPG Investar Islington House was one of many special purpose vehicles set up Yeung to deliver projects. 

Another, YPG One Baltic Square, sold the site of a 296-apartment scheme on Grafton Street to Nexus Residential for an undisclosed sum earlier this year. Yeung resigned from that company following the sale. 

The news of the Fabric Village vehicle’s collapse follows the appointment of liquidators to contracting arm North West Development Consortium – formerly YPG Group – last year.  

Liquidators were appointed after creditor McDermott Building and Civil Engineering launched a petition to wind the company up over unpaid debts. 

In April, the Liverpool Echo reported NWDC owed creditors £9m and that investors in its various schemes were concerned  

YPG’s other Liverpool projects include the Fabric District Residence also on Islington, the 204-home Kings Dock Mill and Hamilton Hub a £12m student scheme in Birkenhead. 

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This is really sad. Hopefully the knowledge Quarter will get more investment to continue the regeneration of the area. Liverpool has been left hanging again. But as a scouser who has worked around London Wall, the area is getting massive amounts of regeneration and is looking so good. The knowledge Quarter in Liverpool is still looking rundown.

By David

Think YPG have been having problems for a while so this is not a great surprise, but all is not lost for this area , as we have Hughes House due to commence, while Mount Group have all but finished one scheme nearby and have the Natex project well advanced.
With a bit of luck another developer may pick up this project.

By Anonymous

It is a blessing in disguise.

By Bixteth boy