24 June 2016 – Expansión
The US fund GreenOak Real Estate has purchased the Las Mercedes business park in Madrid from Standard Life Investments for around €140 million, according to sources close to the deal.
In 2004, Standard Life Investments invested around €150 million in the construction of the business park, located on the outskirts of Madrid next to the A-2 motorway. The business park, located on Calle Campezo 1, opposite Madrid Barajas airport, is just a few metres away from the Plenilunio shopping centre – measuring 70,000 sqm – owned by Klepierre.
Covering 78,500 sqm, the business complex comprises nine office buildings and a private garden. Constructed on a plot of land measuring four hectares, the complex includes a common area with two cafeterias, a restaurant, a supermarket, a courier service and a gym. The business park is served by public transport and a shuttle bus, which connects it with Madrid. In addition, the business park has parking spaces with capacity for 1,652 vehicles.
The Las Mercedes business park is currently occupied by tenants such as Altran, Applus, la Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Reguladora and Xerox. Clifford Chance, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and Gleeds have advised the buyers, whilst Gomez-Acebo &Pombo and CBRE have advised the sellers.
GreenOak, which opened its office in Madrid in 2015, has been very active in Spain. Last year, it acquired the Sevilla Factory shopping centre and a building on the Madrilenian Calle Fuencarral. In addition, in 2014, it joined forces with Baupost and Lar to purchase seven properties located in Madrid, Málaga, Barcelona, Burgos and Alicante.
Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)
Translation: Carmel Drake