Leisure company is expanding portfolio

A leisure company has expanded its portfolio after purchasing its eighth leisure park.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 07 February, 2018, 11:13
Verdant Leisure has purchased Scoutscroft Holiday Centre near Coldingham Bay.

Verdant Leisure has confirmed the purchase of Scoutscroft Holiday Centre in the Scottish Borders.

It is the bespoke leisure park operator’s fourth purchase in the last 18 months since being backed by Palatine Private Equity, and is now its eighth park across Southern Scotland and North East England, which includes a site in Wooler.

Situated in the picturesque Borders village of Coldingham, the leisure park has an enviable position, within a few minutes walk from the sandy beach of Coldingham Bay.

The area is a magnet for water sports enthusiasts, with diving, sea kayaking and canoeing popular at the bay and nearby St Abbs.

Graham Hodgson, chief executive of Verdant Leisure, said: “This acquisition is a perfect choice for the Verdant Leisure group in terms of the geographical location right in the heart of our existing business interests.

“It is an area we know well and Scoutscroft will bring a further 180 pitches to the wider group.

“We have further investment in the park planned and this will roll out over the next 24 months.

“We will also look to extend the opening period of the park to 11 months from the existing nine-and-a-half, enabling our customers to enjoy more time at their holiday homes.”

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Ed Fazakerley, partner at Palatine Private Equity, said: “We have been impressed by the hard work and commitment of the management team over the last 18 months.

“This is the fourth park acquired by Verdant since we invested in 2016 and we plan to continue growing Verdant’s portfolio of leisure parks further.”

Verdant Leisure was founded in September 2010 following a management buy-in of Dunham Leisure, owner of Pease Bay and Thurston Manor leisure parks in South East Scotland.

Verdant went on to purchase Viewfield Manor Leisure Park in Ayrshire in July 2011, and Riverside Leisure Park in Northumberland in 2012.

Kingfisher and Heather View holiday parks in Wear Valley and Coldingham Bay were acquired as part of an ongoing buy-and-build strategy implemented by Palatine.

Verdant Leisure now operates 3,000 pitches of privately owned lodges, holiday homes, holiday lettings and touring facilities.

Verdant Leisure was advised by KPMG (financial due diligence) and Gateley PLC (legal advice).