Galenicum Acquires Warehouse in Barcelona for R&D Division

2 December 2019 The Catalan pharmaceutical company Galenicum is finalised the acquisition of a new, 5,000-m2 warehouse in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona). The firm plans to invest further in research and development to ensure sustained profitability in the coming years. However, the firm declined to reveal the amount it paid for the asset.

Galenicum is planning to invest a total of 44 million euros in fixed assets during the next few years.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Meridia Takes €83.5-Million Loan to Build Project in Barcelona’s 22@

21 November 2019 – A socimi controlled by Meridia has arranged an up to €83.5-million syndicated loan with CaixaBank and Santander to build the future headquarters of Everis in Barcelona’s 22@ district.

The firm’s real estate vehicle, Meridia III, requested the loan, which will be guaranteed by the plot of land located at Avenida Nova Icària 213, as well any future construction on the site. The loan will last until seven years after the end of construction.

Original Story: Expansión – Marisa Anglés

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Telefónica Sells Headquarters on Barcelona’s Plaça de Catalunya for €100 Million

19 November 2019 – The Spanish telecoms firm Telefónica has sold its historic headquarters located at the corner of Plaça de Catalunya and Portal de l’Àngel to the Basque executive Daniel Maté for one hundred million euros.

Telefónica had announced its intention to sell the asset in March through a private auction without the intermediation of any real estate consultants.

Telefónica will continue to lease the building for the moment. The Movistar Center operates on the first floor, with offices on the rest.

Mr Maté had also already acquired a portfolio of four buildings from Telefónica a few years ago for a total of fifty million euros. The executive converted the properties, in Madrid, Barcelona and Santander, into residential flats.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Merlin Properties Nears Sale of Portfolio of 26 Office Buildings

18 November 2019 – Merlin Properties is close to finalising the sale of a portfolio of 26 office buildings in Madrid and Barcelona for an estimated 200 million euros. The socimi is selling assets, with a total area of 133,000 square meters, which it considers to be non-strategic. Merlin expects to finalise the sale by the end of November and disclosed that it already has received a deposit from the presumed buyer.

The sale is taking place a few weeks after the firm managed to enter into Madrid’s Operation Chamartín as a partner. Chamartín is the largest urban development project currently underway in Europe. Merlin acquired a 14.4% stake in Distrito Castellana Norte, the owner to the development rights for Operation Chamartín from the San José construction group. The socimi agreed to pay 169 million euros for the stake, in addition to granting an €86 million loan to the construction group.

Original Story: La Información

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Spain’s Ministry of Labor to Sell its Headquarters in Barcelona

14 November 2019 – Spain’s Ministry of Labor will auction off its headquarters in Barcelona, hoping to raise at least 16.75 million euros with the sale. The property has more than 5,000 m2 of surface area and is located in central Barcelona, in the neighbourhood of Eixample. The building has nine above-ground and two below-ground floors.

The asset is located at Ronda de Sant Pere 41. The ministry first attempted to sell the site in 2017, but no bidders appeared.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Renta Corporación Acquires the Campana Office Building in Barcelona for €22 Million

11 November 2019 – Renta Corporación has acquired the La Campana building, the headquarters of Barcelona’s General Traffic Directorate (DGT) and Commercial Registry for 22 million euros. The firm bought the asset from the Mas Ferrer, Toyos and Ferrero families.

The office building is located on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes in Sants-Montjuïc next to the Ciutat de la Justícia, the Plaça Europa and the BCN Fira complex.

The 11-floor building has ​​more than 8,000 m2 of surface area.

Original Story: Idealista – Custodio Pareja

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Residential Construction Falls in Barcelona

8 November 2019 – Crane rentals for construction projects fell by 8% in 2018, according to a new study by CBRE. While the cause of the fall is not clear, construction has primarily fallen in the residential sector. New residential construction projects fell by 4% this year, from 272 last year to 260 in 2019.

The construction of offices, hotels and commercial establishments rose by 37% to 37 projects, while there were another 25 projects involving residences for senior citizens and students.

Original Story: Catalunya Press

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Meridia to Sell a Major Portfolio of Office Buildings in Madrid and Barcelona

31 October 2019 – Meridia is selling the largest portfolio of office buildings currently on the market. The portfolio, known as Project Square, is made up of a dozen real estate assets in Madrid and Barcelona. The sale of assets from the socimi Meridia III could be worth up to 200 million euros.

The assets in Madrid include the Omega Building in Alcobendas; three buildings on Calle Julián Camarillo, and the Virgilio II building in Pozuelo de Alarcón.

In Barcelona, ​​the portfolio consists of the Citypark in Cornellá; two office buildings in Viladecans; the Diagonal Business Park in Esplugues de Llobregat, and another asset at Paseo de San Joan 75.

In total, the portfolio has around 80,000 square meters of surface area, with approximately 1,200 parking spaces.

Original Story: Cinco Días – Alfonso Simón Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Xior Acquires Two Student Residences in Barcelona for €41 Million

28 October 2019 – The Belgian student housing operator Xior Student Housing announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire two new student residences in Barcelona, ​​for a total of 41 million euros.

Xior reached an agreement to acquire The Lofttown residence, a 78-room, 140-bed residence in Barcelona. The asset is currently operational and is located near the Paseo de Gracia, a short distance from several universities and the city’s historic centre.

The firm also acquired Collblanc, another student housing development in the same city. The residence will have a minimum of 128 rooms, with several common areas, and will also operate under The Lofttown brand. The project is currently in the licensing stage, with delivery expected in 2021.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Colonial Seeks to Grow Utopicus, its Flexible-Office Subsidiary

28 October 2019 – Utopicus, Colonial’s flexible-office space subsidiary, plans to have fifteen such offices, with a total of 40,800 square meters of surface area, by early 2020. The company started operations in 2010, and currently operates ten offices in Barcelona and Madrid, with a current total of 21,230 square meters of offices.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner