9 March 2015 – Expansión
Lease Agreement / The bank is going to rent 2,800 square metres of office space in Banesto’s former headquarters. It will share the premises with the credit ratings agency, S&P, amongst others.
After a record year for investment in offices (Socimis and large international funds spent more than €1,000 million on acquisitions in 2014), the buildings in Madrid are also beginning to observe an increase in their occupancy rates, especially those located on the city’s main thoroughfare.
That is the case of the office building located on Paseo de la Castellana, 7. The former headquarters of Banesto will soon house another well known tenant. CaixaBank had agreed to rent out 2,800 square metres in the building. The bank will pay around €70,000 per month for the space, according to real estate sources.
In the last quarter of 2014, rents in the prime office areas of Madrid amounted to around €25.50 per square metre per month, the highest figure in the last three years, according to JLL.
CaixaBank will join companies such as the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the Swiss bank Julius Baer, the law firm White & Case and the firms Munich Real Estate and FTI Consulting, which already have offices in the property. Until the arrival of the entity, chaired by Isidro Fainé, the most recent addition (to the property) was the Japanese business group Mitsui, which leases 1,500 square metres over two floors.
Castellana, 7 is owned by the Aragonese group Samca, which also owns the (property) developer Ebrosa. The building offers 12,869 square metres of office space in total and for years it housed the headquarters of Banesto. In 1997, the owner of Samca, the businessman Ángel Luengo, paid the entity 8,000 million pesetas (around €48 million), after failing to reach a preliminary agreement with Telefónica.
In 2011, the building was refurbished by the team at Aguirre Newman Arquitectura. Following the deal with CaixaBank, the building will have less than 5,000 square metres unoccupied.
The rental of 2,800 square metres of office space on the Paseo de la Castellana by CaixaBank comes just two weeks after the first major office lease agreement of 2015 was signed in Madrid.
The professional services firm KPMG has reached an agreement with Mutua Madrileña to move its corporate headquarters in Madrid to the Torre de Cristal skyscraper, in the Cuatro Torres business district. KPMG has leased 20,000 square metres in the tower.
In 2014, office space occupying a surface area of 365,000 square metres (of the total 15.1 million sqm) was leased in Madrid. The most significant transactions included the move by Havas to the building on Eloy Gonzalo, 10, which had been acquired by the real estate group GMP a month before. The multi-media group will occupy the office space, which covers around 12,000 square metres. In Barcelona, the law firm Cuatrecasas signed an agreement to lease 19,900 square metres at the end of the year.
Original story: Expansión (by R. Ruiz)
Translation: Carmel Drake