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The State of the Portuguese Real Estate Market in April
April’s property market remained vigorous and resilient at the start of the second quarter of the year. After two years of the pandemic and an international conflict currently affecting the entire European economy, the sector is weathering the storm and saw significant investments during the month in various sectors. Residential The month was halfway through when the beginning of the construction of MERECES 718 was announced, in an 8-million-euro investment. The first building of the new multipurpose complex, developed by dstgroup, includes 36 flats and two shops in Barcelinhos, the municipality of Barcelos. Focused on creating a familiar and safe environment, the project has already sold more than 40% of the units. Meanwhile, the Convento do Beato will include a residential condominium with more than 60 flats. The Larfa Properties group will redevelop the surrounding buildings to accommodate this condominium with 61 flats and a central square with a garden which will bring together the entire block. The area in Lisbon is being completely redeveloped to integrate well-known events space with a new residential condominium called Beato Quarter. Finally, the real estate developer SOLYD Property Developers started work on the third and final block of Lago Altear. 80% of the units have already been sold in just three months. The building, LAGO ALTEAR - Block C, is the seventh launch of the project ALTEAR, consisting of 63 new flats and three commercial spaces in Alta de Lisboa. Composed of three buildings, Block C represents an investment of 31 million euros. The first two blocks were already concluded and fully let. The construction company Alves Ribeiro is responsible for the project to be completed in 2024. Offices A the beginning of the month, WeWork announced that it would open the first flex office space in Portugal. The first tenant will be Organon, a multinational operating in the health sector, and the space will be inaugurated in the summer of 2022. The building located at Rua Alexandre Herculano will mark the 39th country for WeWork globally.   The opening in Portugal reflects the company’s growth strategy, which involves expansion into markets with strong demand for flexible workspaces. Organon, a global leader in women’s health and a valued member of WeWork worldwide, will occupy three floors of the building. Industrial and Logistics April also began well for the industrial and logistics sectors, starting with doValue’s announcement regarding its sales of three commercial properties for €5.9 million. The transactions were completed in the first quarter of this year but have only just become public. The assets are located in Abrunheira, Sintra, the Industrial Area of Santarém and the Warehouse area in Taveiro, Coimbra. DoValue Portugal intermediated the sale of three commercial buildings. The operations concluded in the first quarter of this year totalled close to 6 million euros. Meanwhile, Panattoni announced an investment of 50 million euros in its first logistics park in Portugal. The logistics-industrial real estate developer has debuted in Portugal, developing the largest logistics project in the country’s north, including two buildings with surface areas of 27,000 m2 and 47,000 m2 for lease in Porto. Panattoni’s first deal in the country was the acquisition of 150,000 m2 of land in the industrial complex of Campo Valongo, Porto. Panattoni Park Porto, the new logistics facility, results from a purchase from the Braga-based Castro Group, which will also be responsible for supervising the different phases of the project’s pre-construction process. With the month drawing to a close, Aldi announced a 60-million-euro investment in its largest distribution centre. Located in Moita, the warehouse will allow it to supply more than 100 Aldi shops in Portugal rapidly. The food retailer also stated that the centre, with an area of 57,000 square metres, will streamline the supply of goods to shops across the country. The structure was designed to support over 150 shops in the country and arose due to the need to support Aldi’s expansion plan in Portugal, aiming to reach 200 shops by 2025. Student Residences The Universidade Nova de Lisboa announced the launch of a tender to create a University Residence in Caparica. The project will result in the largest accommodation for the academic community in Almada. With up to 550 beds, it will be the largest accommodation for students, teachers and researchers in the Almada region. The purpose of the tender is the constitution of a surface right for a lot located on the Campus of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) in Caparica, Almada. Residences for Senior Citizens Thor announced the expansion of its portfolio, acquiring a social and health project in the heart of Porto. In Porto, the private equity firm bought a senior citizens’residence on Rua 5 de Outubro. The move is part of its investment plan on the Iberian Peninsula. It will develop a six-storey building with a surface area of more than 6,910 square metres, with 96 single rooms and eight double rooms. Hotels Fontinha Hotel opened at the beginning of the month in the historic centre of Porto. The urban rehabilitation project results from a 14-million-euro investment by Mercan Properties. The new four-star hotel has 49 rooms on six floors. The first Trademark Collection by Wyndham hotel in Portugal was built on the site of an old quarry. The new four-star hotel is located in the city’s historical centre, between Rua da Fontinha and Rua de Santa Catarina. Meanwhile, the Barceló Angra Marina has been awarded at the Traveller Review Awards 2022. The awards have been given according to customer reviews in recent years. The Traveller Review Awards 2022 were awarded to 113 Barceló Hotel Group hotels located in 13 countries in Europe. The only five-star hotel in Angra do Heroísmo, on the island of Terceira, was one of the winners. The hotel has 130 rooms and is an urban holiday resort located next to the sea, and the Angra do Heroísmo marina. Shopping Centres With April drawing to a close, Grupo Domingos Névoa announced it had acquired two shopping centres for more than 20 million euros. Its initial acquisition of the Braga Retail Center was followed closely by the Mira Maia Shopping. The Braga group intends to reinforce its presence in this sector. Mira Maia Shopping, inaugurated in 2009 by the bankrupt FDO in a €45 million investment, was managed by Inogi - Asset Management. The asset is located close to Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, has 19,000 square metres of gross lettable area, around 80 shops and approximately 850 parking spaces. Proptech Tiko announced that it is continuing its expansion in Portugal with a new branch in Porto. Tiko now has three locations in Portugal: Lisbon, Setúbal and Porto. The company is the first international iBuyer to operate in the Portuguese market and is looking to expand further after beginning its expansion in November 2021. It chose Lisbon as its first overseas location and is now expanding to Porto.
The State of the Portuguese Real Estate Market in March
April 1, 2022 Closing out the first quarter of the year, March came loaded with news in Portugal’s real estate market. While, on the one hand, two years of the pandemic caused immense problems for the hospitality sector, there have since been a series of transactions and new projects. At the same time, the housing market saw the birth of several new projects in response to a shortage in the supply of homes. Housing On the first Monday of the month, the Fortera group announced the implementation of a new concept in all its new buildings, an investment which will eventually cost 500 million euros. Alive by Fortera will be the focus of an initial investment of around 115 million euros, with a global investment forecast of €500 million over five years, building 1000 new homes. This concept aims to revolutionise the way we live and think about housing. Meanwhile, in Vila Nova de Gaia, the developers SPintos S.A. Group and Chave Nova - Mediação Imobiliária, Ltd. will build the residential development “Jardins da Seara,” with an investment of 100 million euros in approximately 700 flats. With the architectural project concluded, construction will begin mid-next month. The development will include ten lots in an area of about 70,000 m2 for aboveground housing, shops and services. Also, at the beginning of the month, it was announced that the NOOBA would go up in Barreiro, in a potential investment of up to 130 million euros. With a total gross area of 98,360 m2, the real estate developer Solid Sentinel’s residential project will consist of 518 one-to-five bedroom flats, with prices starting at 189,000 euros. Qriar City will also invest 70-million-euros in three buildings in Alta de Lisboa. The land in the capital has a buildable area of 25,655 square metres (m2), located next to Lisbon’s Parque Oeste. The group acquired the land from GAL - Sociedade Gestora at the end of February. A total of 148 new homes are planned for the area, including three buildings. A public tender for the construction, with expected costs of 45 million euros, will be launched in the first half of 2022, and it is estimated that work will begin in early 2023. Further north, Bondstone announced the start of work on the GREENSTONE luxury development in Porto. The residential project located in Foz, Nevogilde, represents an investment of over 28 million euros and is being built by ACA - Engenharia & Construção. Construction is expected to be concluded by the end of 2023, with over 30% of the units already sold. With the month nearing its end, the investment that stood out the most came to light, as SOLYD Property Developers stated that it would invest 260 million euros in a new project in Miraflores. The project has 426 residential units, 25,000 m2 of gross aboveground construction area for developing workspaces, and 23 commercial spaces. The new multi-purpose project, called MIREAR, includes five residential buildings, one office block and several shops with an excellent location in the heart of Miraflores. Meanwhile, the Empril Group announced that it had acquired a 60,000 m2 plot of land in Vila Nova de Gaia. The 60,910-m2 property will be used for residential construction. The project results from an investment of over 30 million euros. It’s expected to solidify the Empril Group’s current leading position in the Vila Nova de Gaia market. News was also released that the site of the former Favorita chocolate factory will give way to a new residential development. The site has an area of around 7,000 m2 and more than 9,000 m2 of potential gross construction area. Still under analysis by the Lisbon City Council, the project foresees the development of 90 flats with an investment of around 40 million euros. It also includes an area dedicated to retail and large areas of green spaces, both for private use by residents and for collective use. The asset’s sales price, which Gavepart - Imobiliário e Turismo S.A. sold, was not disclosed. Offices The office sector saw less movement in March, with one of the largest known transactions coming when Santander sold a building in Lisbon to Incus Capital. Located in the Praça de Espanha area, it was acquired by a fund managed by Incus Capital, a pan-European investment company based in Madrid with offices in Lisbon. According to market sources, the sales price was approximately 55 million euros. The property is an outstanding real estate asset in a central location, with a total area of over 24,000 m2 of space, including the main building and two independent blocks. The largest building has ten aboveground floors (11,657 m2) and three underground floors, including 296 parking spaces. Logistics and Retail Meanwhile, the logistics sector saw the sale of three warehouses in Porto Alto to Bedrock Capital and Europi Property, though the sales price was not revealed. The warehouses are located in the Porto Alto Industrial Park and have a total of approximately 40,000 m2 of gross construction area. The assets were owned by a real estate investment body and have now been acquired by a joint venture between Bedrock Capital Partners and Europi Property Group. In retail, the supermarket chain Mercadona announced that it would open a supermarket in Guimarães, with a forecast investment of €150 million by 2022. The supermarket chain will reach five new districts, Viseu, Leiria, Santarém, Setúbal and Lisbon. The first of the ten new shops planned for 2022 in Portugal will open in Guimarães on April 5th. The new stores underscore Mercadona’s continuing interest and confidence in Portugal. Hotels and Resorts At the very beginning of the month, Coporgest announced a €116-million investment in a new resort in Troia/Comporta. The real estate developer is responsible for the new five-star tourist development on the Alentejo coast. The future resort will be built on land that Coporgest acquired from Sonae Capital in December 2020. The project should be completed in 2025, and sales of the villas and flats are planned to begin in mid-2023. The new resort includes a 5-star hotel with 58 rooms and suites, with two presidential suites, and an additional 38 villas and 91 tourist flats. Again, further north, in Arcos de Valdevez, the Luna Hotels & Resorts Group is preparing to inaugurate the Hotel Solar de Requeijo. The total investment is expected to reach €4.1 million. The new facility, located in Arcos de Valdevez, comprises 27 rooms and suites. An agreement between the municipality and the Luna Hotels & Resorts Group facilitated the acquisition and subsequent rehabilitation of the vacant manor into a major new hotel for the region. Also in early March, another major investment emerged, with Mercan Properties investing €187 million in three Marriott hotels. Mercan Properties signed an agreement with Marriott International to operate three hotels in Portugal. The hotel projects are in Lagos, Lisbon and Vila Nova de Gaia and will be managed by Ace Hospitality Management (AHM). They include the Marriott Lagos in the Algarve, the Moxy Alfragide Lisbon and The Riverview, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel located in Vila Nova de Gaia. Meanwhile, part of the Hotel Intercontinental do Estoril was acquired by BPI Imofomento for €22 million. BPI acquired 62 of the building’s 88 flats from the Closed Real Estate Investment Fund Turístico II. The deal was finalised for 4.4 million euros, below the property’s last valuation of 26.3 million euros. The deal for the 62 units includes a 20-year lease contract. The hotel will continue to be managed by the Intercontinental group. March was already half over when the opening of the Sé Catedral Hotel Porto was announced, following an investment of 23.8 million euros. Sé Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, results from an urban rehabilitation project. The new 4-star hotel is Mercan Properties’ new investment in the centre of Porto. This is the first project under the Tapestry Collection brand, belonging to the international Hilton group, and will be managed by Ace Hospitality Management (AHM). Sé Catedral Hotel Porto has 77 rooms, a restaurant, bar and a café on the terrace overlooking Porto’s Sé Cathedral. Still in the north, another hotel unit, the 1877 Estrela Palace, opened its doors in Aveiro. The new luxury hotel is in Porto’s historic centre and will be managed by Unlock Boutique Hotels, which also manages various units throughout the country. The 1877 Estrela Palace has nine luxurious rooms and suites in an ancient 17th-century manor. It’s considered a paean to luxury in the heart of Aveiro, with stunning views over the main channel of the great Ria de Aveiro. Towards the end of the month, the Four Points by Sheraton Matosinhos opened its doors after an investment of 19.1 million euros. Located in the city centre and just five minutes from the beach, the new hotel has 108 rooms. It is the result of an urban rehabilitation project by Mercan Properties. Also in Portugal’s north, Hoti Hoteis is betting on a new hotel in Braga. Hotel Plaza Central is scheduled to open in Easter 2024 and results from a 16-million-euro investment. The Hoti Hoteis Group will have 108 rooms, with a Portuguese inspiration in the design, decoration and materials. The new unit will also have a spa, outdoor and indoor pool, restaurant, bar, cloister and meeting rooms. NPLs The NPL (Non-Performing Loan) market saw a major transaction at the beginning of March. It was BCP’s turn to conclude the sale of its non-performing loan portfolio Project Lucia. Comprising non-performing loans with a nominal value of €60 million and real estate assets worth €50 million, the Lúcia portfolio was sold to LX Partners (in partnership with Cabot). Millennium BCP will also return to the market, continuing efforts to clean up its balance sheet.
March 28, 2022 Last week’s highlight was Solyd’s €260-million investment in a new project in Miraflores. After a relatively serene period week before last, the real estate market gained a new lease of life. With the end of the month approaching, the real estate market has picked up speed again. The most important news came from investments in the hotel sector, where new units in the north of Portugal were inaugurated. Right at the beginning of the week, the inauguration of the Sé Catedral Hotel Porto was announced, in an investment of 23.8 million euros. Sé Catedral Hotel Porto, part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, results from an urban rehabilitation project. The new 4-star hotel unit is Mercan Properties’ new investment in the centre of Porto. This is the first project under the Tapestry Collection brand, which belongs to the international Hilton group in Portugal. The result of another Mercan Properties’ urban rehabilitation project, it will be managed by Ace Hospitality Management (AHM). Sé Catedral Hotel Porto has 77 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a café on the terrace overlooking Porto’s Sé Cathedral. Meanwhile, the sale of three logistics warehouses in Porto Alto to Bedrock Capital and Europi Property was announced in the logistics sector. The warehouses are located in the Porto Alto Industrial Park and total around 40,000 m2 of gross construction area. The assets were owned by a real estate investment firm and have now been acquired by a joint venture between Bedrock Capital Partners and Europi Property Group. The value of the transaction was not disclosed. Meanwhile, another hotel unit was inaugurated in Aveiro after an undisclosed investment. The 1877 Estrela Palace, a new luxury hotel unit, is in the city’s historic centre, under the management of Unlock Boutique Hotels, responsible for managing various units throughout the country. The new hotel has nine luxurious rooms and suites. The building is an old 17th-century manor, considered an ode to luxury in the heart of Aveiro. It is in the historical centre and has stunning views of the main channel of the great Ria de Aveiro. At the end of the week, the most significant investment of the week was revealed, as Solyd invested 260 million euros in a new project in Miraflores. The real estate developer, SOLYD Property Developers, has launched its latest urban project in Miraflores, called MIREAR. The project has 426 residential units, 25,000 m2 of above-ground gross construction area for the development of workspaces, and 23 commercial spaces. MIREAR is the new multi-purpose project that includes 5 residential buildings, 1 office block and shops, located in a premium area in the heart of Miraflores.