Urbania Acquires Land for 1,895 Homes in Málaga from Unicaja

29 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

The developer Urbania International has signed an agreement to acquire the rights to build 1,895 homes in the future neighbourhood of Sánchez Blanca from Unicaja’s GIA. The 66-hectare development, located between Avenida de Ortega y Gasset and the AVE railway, will have a total of 3,443 homes.

The deal will make Urbania the principal developer of Sánchez Blanca. The rest of the building rights are distributed between the City Council (606 subsidised homes and 88 market-rate homes), the developer Andria (85 subsidised homes and 429 market-rate homes), the Vimpyca Foundation (411 subsidised homes) and Adif, which will develop 14. Urbania also expects to take over 429 homes from Andria, bringing its total to 2,324.

Sources estimate that Urbania will invest more than one hundred million euros in acquiring and developing the land. Construction, which could last about three years, is awaiting approval by the local planning department.

Original Story: Diário Sur – Jesús Hinojosa

Urbania International Builds New Halls of Residence in City Centres

5 April 2018 – Inmodiario

The student hall subsidiary of Urbania International has a brand: Syllabus by Urbania. Under this name, the international property developer’s new firm is already acquiring and developing assets destined for student accommodation in major university cities, not only in Spain but also in other countries in Europe. The company is going to invest more than €200 million in the acquisition and development of these kinds of assets, with the aim of generating 4,000 beds over the next three years.

At the helm of Syllabus by Urbania is Jeffrey Sújar, who was appointed as CEO of the firm in March. According to Sújar, “the aim of Syllabus is to improve the existing student hall supply in the most attractive cities for students, in the best urban locations, creating high-quality spaces, with contemporary designs and a unique supply of services in the sector”.

Strategic alliance with “Mi Casa Inn”

With this in mind, Syllabus has already signed a strategic agreement with the specialist manager Mi Casa Inn for the operation of its properties. Mi Casa Inn (MCI) currently operates seven halls of residence, containing 500 beds, and is the leader and benchmark player in the urban hall segment focusing on international students, where it has been working for more than eight years.

Syllabus and Mi Casa Inn have already started to acquire assets with a flurry of activity in cities such as Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Málaga and Barcelona, amongst others, and currently have a portfolio of 1,500 beds under development. They plan to extend their activity to the main university cities in other European countries in the short term.

360º experience

Syllabus and MCI develop a concept that is very different from traditional halls of residence and colleges located on campus or close to universities. The aim of the company is to create spaces where students can live a 360º experience in the heart of cities, where they can mature and develop themselves individually. “It is a more contemporary version of the classic hall of residence”, says Jeffrey Sújar, “adapted to the lifestyle of international young people, giving them a high degree of independence to allow them to meet and live alongside students from very different countries and cultures”.

As such, we have chosen central, urban environments, “where it all happens” and where Syllabus will adapt and construct buildings in which students can live more of a co-living experience than that of a traditional boarder.

Original story: Inmodiario

Translation: Carmel Drake