9 February 2017 – Expansión
The Ministry of Defence is continuing with its real estate divestment plan. Its last major sale was completed yesterday with the sale of an urban use plot that has a surface area of 3,569 m2 and a buildable surface area of 9,865 m2. The plot is located in the former central park of the engineers in Villaverde, in the neighbourhood of Los Angeles, in the south east of Madrid.
Like in the case of the Administration’s other assets, the sale has been conducted through a public auction, which was publicised through the real estate portfolio addmeet. Specifically, the Ministry of Defence had planned to carry out two simultaneous auctions, for an initial asking price of €4.7 million (in the first round of bidding) and a second asking price of €4.28 million (in the second round). In the end, the second round was not necessary as the initial bids exceeded the initial asking price, and the plot was awarded to the real estate company Ebrosa, which bid €5.04 million.
This Zaragoza-based property developer will use the land, for which planning permission has already been granted, to build a block of flats similar to those projects that it is already developing in other areas of Madrid, such as in Las Tablas and Sanchinarro, in the north east of the city, as well as in Ensanche de Vallecas.
Ebrosa’s new development will be located next to “residential developments that are being sold at a good rate”, according to information included in the addmeet advert. Specifically, one hundred homes that Inmoglacial is promoting together with the investment fund Aquila Capital, in the same central park of the engineers in Vallaverde, after it was awarded nine plots of land from Sepes in July 2015, covering a buildable surface area of 120,000 m2. That project, which is being completed in nine phases, involves a total investment of almost €200 million to construct more than 1,200 homes, whose first phase is due to be completed in the spring of 2017.
According to the most recent annual accounts, corresponding to 2015, Ebrosa generated a profit of €31.38 million, compared with €4 million the year before, from a turnover of €16.68 million.
The sale of the plot in the neighbourhood of Los Angeles was included in the real estate asset sales plan that the Ministry of Defence launched in 2013, with the aim of divesting some of its land, premises, rural estates and homes.
The most high profile sales in this plan include the sale of the former Precisión Workshop, located on Calle Raimundo Fernández Villaverde, next to Paseo de la Castellana and Nuevos Ministerios. In November 2014, the Ministry of Defence awarded those unused plots to the housing manager Domo for €111 million, which acquired them with the aim of constructing a 320-home development on the site, with an average price of €325,000.
Currently, the Ministry of Defence has two other plots of land up for sale, in Alcalá de Henares and in the Campamento area. The latter, whose sales price has not been revealed, is one of the most attractive sites for construction in the capital, given its location, between the Somosaguas area and the former land of Campamento, whose sale is also being considered by the Ministry.
Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)
Translation: Carmel Drake