Spain’s Ministry of Labor to Sell its Headquarters in Barcelona

14 November 2019 – Spain’s Ministry of Labor will auction off its headquarters in Barcelona, hoping to raise at least 16.75 million euros with the sale. The property has more than 5,000 m2 of surface area and is located in central Barcelona, in the neighbourhood of Eixample. The building has nine above-ground and two below-ground floors.

The asset is located at Ronda de Sant Pere 41. The ministry first attempted to sell the site in 2017, but no bidders appeared.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Renta Corporación Acquires the Campana Office Building in Barcelona for €22 Million

11 November 2019 – Renta Corporación has acquired the La Campana building, the headquarters of Barcelona’s General Traffic Directorate (DGT) and Commercial Registry for 22 million euros. The firm bought the asset from the Mas Ferrer, Toyos and Ferrero families.

The office building is located on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes in Sants-Montjuïc next to the Ciutat de la Justícia, the Plaça Europa and the BCN Fira complex.

The 11-floor building has ​​more than 8,000 m2 of surface area.

Original Story: Idealista – Custodio Pareja

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Residential Construction Falls in Barcelona

8 November 2019 – Crane rentals for construction projects fell by 8% in 2018, according to a new study by CBRE. While the cause of the fall is not clear, construction has primarily fallen in the residential sector. New residential construction projects fell by 4% this year, from 272 last year to 260 in 2019.

The construction of offices, hotels and commercial establishments rose by 37% to 37 projects, while there were another 25 projects involving residences for senior citizens and students.

Original Story: Catalunya Press

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Javier Faus Launches the Meridia IV Real Estate Investment Fund

8 November 2019 – Javier Faus, the president of Meridia Capital and the Múrcia-based Círculo de Economía, announced the launch of his fourth investment fund, Meridia IV. The fund will start with an initial investment capital of 250 million euros and is forecast to invest more than 500 million euros in real estate assets during the coming years.

Meridia IV is likely to acquire between 10 and 15 real estate assets, principally offices, industrial warehouses and hotels. Faus added that the fund would focus on Madrid and Barcelona, though he is also slating 10% for investments in Portugal.

Original Story: Economia Digital

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Colonial Profits Soar by 40% Due to Asset Rotation Strategy and Increased Rents

8 November 2019 – Colonial posted a taxable net profit of 393 million euros in the first nine months of the year, an increase of 40% y-o-y. The firm stated that revenues went up because of its policy of asset rotation and growth in office rental prices, principally in Madrid and Barcelona.

The socimi reported that new office lease contracts this year reflect an 8% increase in prices, compared to the end of 2018. Contract renewals in the third quarter saw increases of up to 36% in Madrid and 24% in Barcelona.

Original Story: Expansión

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Meridia to Sell a Major Portfolio of Office Buildings in Madrid and Barcelona

31 October 2019 – Meridia is selling the largest portfolio of office buildings currently on the market. The portfolio, known as Project Square, is made up of a dozen real estate assets in Madrid and Barcelona. The sale of assets from the socimi Meridia III could be worth up to 200 million euros.

The assets in Madrid include the Omega Building in Alcobendas; three buildings on Calle Julián Camarillo, and the Virgilio II building in Pozuelo de Alarcón.

In Barcelona, ​​the portfolio consists of the Citypark in Cornellá; two office buildings in Viladecans; the Diagonal Business Park in Esplugues de Llobregat, and another asset at Paseo de San Joan 75.

In total, the portfolio has around 80,000 square meters of surface area, with approximately 1,200 parking spaces.

Original Story: Cinco Días – Alfonso Simón Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Inovalis Acquires Office Complex in the Largest Deal of the Last Five Years in Málaga

31 October 2019 – The Canadian REIT Inovalis has acquired the Málaga Business Park office complex from Iberdrola, in the largest real estate operation in Málaga of the last five years. The complex is located in the Andalusian technology park and was originally built in 2003. The Málaga Business Park consists of six buildings with 12,000 square meters of gross leasable area. The complex is currently 100% occupied and has nearly 300 parking spaces.

Before this investment in Spain, Inovalis had focused on France and Germany, where it owns 14 office buildings in cities such as Paris, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.

Original Story: Expansión

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Alantra Launches Commercial Real Estate Financing Fund

30 October 2019 Alantra is launching a new €100-€150-million real estate financing fund, which will provide loans of between 5 and 25 million euros for real estate projects. The loans would mainly cater to investors in commercial assets, such as offices, the retail sector, hotels, logistics and housing for students and senior citizens. The loans could be used for acquisitions, the refinancing of existing debt, rehabilitation works or repositioning.

Original Story: Expansión

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Colonial Seeks to Grow Utopicus, its Flexible-Office Subsidiary

28 October 2019 – Utopicus, Colonial’s flexible-office space subsidiary, plans to have fifteen such offices, with a total of 40,800 square meters of surface area, by early 2020. The company started operations in 2010, and currently operates ten offices in Barcelona and Madrid, with a current total of 21,230 square meters of offices.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Investment Recovers to New Highs Two Years After Referendum on Catalonian Independence

21 October 2019 – The Barcelona Meeting Point (BMP), the largest real estate fair in Catalonia, opened its doors just two days after Spain’s highest court convicted many of the leaders involved in Catalonia’s referendum on independence on October 1, 2017. Even as major riots shut down the airport and filled the city with the smell of burning plastic, investors appeared unruffled. The region’s real estate market has come back strong after having taken a nosedive in the two quarters during and after the bid for independence.

The last edition of the BMP, two years ago, was held just fifteen days after the referendum, and the difference from today was stark. Attendees referred to the fair as something of a funeral rite as the referendum led to plummeting investment. Hundreds of companies at the time decided to move their headquarters away from Barcelona. That uncertainty caused two quarters of sharp reductions in real estate investment in Catalonia. The market, however, has come back roaring.

Investment in the office real estate sector fell by half in the two quarters after the referendum in 2017, shocking many investors at the time. But by the summer of 2018, Blackstone finalised one of the most important transactions in the office market. The giant US fund acquired the historic headquarters of Grupo Planeta from the Lara family for 210 million euros. During the same period, Solvia sold three hospitals in Barcelona, ​​Bilbao and San Sebastián to Carmen Godia for 200 million euros.

Total investments between January and September of this year reached €4.5 billion, near to the levels of the last two years and above the tally in 2008, which set the record high for the previous real estate cycle of €4.4 billion. It remains to be seen whether the rioting after the Supreme Court’s ruling will depress investments once again, but most investors appear to be sanguine.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Elena Sanz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner