CBRE GI Invests €10M in Star Project in Plaza de Colón (Madrid)

21 June 2018 – Eje Prime

CBRE Global Investors (CBRE GI) is increasing its commitment to Spain with its latest project. The investment arm of the CBRE group is going to invest €10 million in the project to renovate the building at number 1 Plaza de Colón and, to this end, the multinational firm has engaged one of the most sought-after architects in the world, Norman Foster. The new property, which is going to be constructed on the site of the former Barclays headquarters, will become the star of CBRE GI’s growth plan in Spain.

The asset manager acquired the former Barclays headquarters in 2017. In November of the previous year, the financial institution started to sound out the possibility of selling the building on Plaza de Colón (at the intersection of Paseo de la Castellana and Paseo de Recoletos) to move to another location and, three months later, in January, it sealed the deal.

Three years after the acquisition, CBRE GI is preparing to transform the building, a project that has formed part of its plans since it completed the operation. The former Barclays headquarters is now beginning a renovation that will convert it into Axis, where offices and a commercial area are going to be opened on the four floors that will comprise the new asset.

This project forms part of an investment plan that will amount to €800 million. The company has almost one hundred properties in its portfolio, spread across the retail, office, logistics and hall of residence markets.

Nevertheless, in May, the company announced that it is going to enter the residential sector in 2018. The consultancy firm’s investment fund wants to access that segment through the rental market (…).

The company’s objective for this year is to repeat or even exceed the investment figure recorded last year. In 2017, the manager closed transactions amounting to €1.3 billion.

In addition, CBRE GI, which works with eight investment funds in Spain, manages a portfolio of assets worth €3.2 billion (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by J. Izquierdo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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