27 March 2017 – Observatorio Inmobiliario
On Tuesday (21 March), Arcano’s real estate fund, the Arcano Spanish Opportunity Real Estate Fund (ASOREF), announced the acquisition of two new assets for almost €20 million. The assets acquired comprise an office building in Barcelona’s Plaza Europa (number 22-24) and a residential building on Calle Divino Pastor, 5 in Madrid.
Following these operations, the fund has now invested 50% of its capital; it plans to complete the rest of its investments this year.
The office building on Plaza Europa, 22-24 in Barcelona (pictured above) involved an investment of around €13 million. The asset is located in one of the fastest growing areas of the city for high-quality office space. The property currently has an occupancy rate of 84% and a gross leasable area of 7,334 m2, along with 83 parking spaces and storerooms covering 452 m2. It also has 164 parking spaces as an administrative concession.
Now that Arcano has acquired the property, its objective, as part of its added-value strategy for this fund, is to invest in its refurbishment and update, to increase the value and appeal of the building. “Our strategy will involve repositioning the property through the active management of it. From our point of view, Plaza Europa is the natural area of consolidation for the office market in Barcelona – it is going to undergo significant changes over the next few years”, said Pablo Gómez-Almansa, Investment Director at ASOREF.
The asset acquired in Madrid, on Calle Divino Pastor, 5, for a price of just over €6 million, is for the construction of 28 new homes with 1 and 2 bedrooms, a commercial space and 88 parking spaces. It is an 810 m2 plot of land with a constructed residential surface area of 2,371 m2. The plot is located in the Malasaña neighbourhood, in the Centro district of the city of Madrid, between Calles Fuencarral and San Bernardo. The building is very well located and in a strategic area between Calles Princesa, Gran Vía, Fuencarral and Carranza. It will benefit from the lack of land and shortage of new residential developments in the area.
In the words of Eduardo Fernández-Cuesta, Head Partner at ASOREF, “the two acquisitions announced today underline Arcano’s commitment to forming a diversified portfolio and adding value to its properties, through renovation, new builds and better positioning of its buildings in the market, to increase the supply of high-quality assets”.
Original story: Observatorio Inmobiliario
Translation: Carmel Drake