Exxacon to Invest €200M in the Construction of 741 Homes in Andalucía & Madrid

28 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Exxacon Smart Living is stepping on the accelerator to expand its business. The Andalucían property developer, specialising in the residential market, is going to invest €200 million over the next four years to build 741 homes, distributed over twelve new developments in Andalucía and Madrid.

Within the coming weeks, the firm is going to unveil Living Colmenar, in Colmenar Viejo (Madrid), its first development outside of the Málaga and Costa del Sol area. The project will receive investment of €32 million for the development of a 156-home residential complex, the largest to be constructed by the company to date.

Exxacon, founded in Marbella in 2000 by Gastón Aigneren, the company’s current CEO and Chairman, is launching its expansion plan for the period 2019-2022, but at the same time will continue studying and considering investment in other markets, such as Valencia and Sevilla, according to sources at the company.

After consolidating its business on the Costa del Sol, the entry of the company into the residential market in the Community of Madrid is the real estate firm’s next challenge. The idea is to begin marketing Living Colmenar, which will have a buildable surface area of 17,400 m2, between March and April, and to start construction at the end of 2019.

The complex is going to be built on a plot acquired by Exxacon on Calle Alvarado in Colmenar Viejo, a municipality located to the north of the Community of Madrid, 39 kilometres from the centre of the capital. Living Colmenar will be a residential complex comprising 156 homes with various shared services, including: three swimming pools, a gym, a padel and fronton court and a children’s playground (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by Roger Arnau)

Translation: Carmel Drake

A 17,000 m2 Residential Plot Goes Up For Sale in Central Santander

12 February 2019 – Eje Prime

An operation is on the horizon in the heart of Santander. A plot of land spanning 17,000 m2, with planning permission to build homes up to three storeys high, has gone up for auction with a starting price of €1.3 million. The land is owned by a local family, which inherited several plots.

The objective of the sale is to divide the “proindiviso”, given that the land is currently owned by six members of the family and a third party. Nevertheless, an agreement between the owners allows the abbreviated procedure to apply to the auction, in other words, there is no need to set up a compensation board.

The plot, spanning 16,921 m2 and with a buildable surface area of 4,700 m2, is located in the urban centre of Santander, in a growth area next to the El Alisal shopping centre. The urbanisation has almost been finished and there are facilities and transport connections in the vicinity.

Following its publication on the auction website of the Official Gazette of the Mercantile Registry (BOE), interested parties have a period of twenty days to submit offers, after which a period will open for the owners to present the option to improve the bid to third parties.

The land has planning permission to build three-storey blocks with garages and storerooms, as well as a communal area with a garden and swimming pool. The land is valued at €2.15 million, according to an independent expert. That is the de facto starting price, although a discount of 60% has been established thereon. Hence, the minimum price of €1.29 million.

The same family owns another plot very nearby, spanning 9,157 m2, with a buildable surface area of 3,394 m2, which is not adjacent but which is located in the same urbanisation, according to explanations provided by sources speaking to Eje Prime.

Original story: Eje Prime (by I.P.G.)

Translation: Carmel Drake

B&B to Open the First Hotel in Valdebebas

29 October 2018 – Expansión

The hotel chain B&B Hotels – owned by the fund PAI Partners – is arriving in Valdebebas with the objective of opening the first hotel in that urban development to the northeast of Madrid in 2021.

To this end, the French chain has signed an agreement with Filasa, the owner of the land on which the establishment will be built, for the rental of the plot in Valdebebas for a minimum period of 10 years.

Two buildings are going to be constructed on the plot, which has a buildable surface area of 8,000 m2. The first, which will span a surface area of 4,400 m2 and be shaped in a stepped-structure, will house the 150-room hotel. The second, which will span 3,200 m2 and take the form of a cube, will be used for offices. This property will also have a premise measuring 400 m2.

Original story: Expansión (by R. Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Town Hall of Madrid Reorganises 2,500 Hectares of Land in Valdecarros & Los Cerros into Smaller, More Feasible Areas

16 October 2018 – Inmodiario

The Town Hall of Madrid has agreed to submit to public information the Advance documents detailing two Modifications to the General Plan for four areas belonging to the developments in the south-east: Valdecarros-Cantiles de Manzanares, with a surface area of 1,928 hectares, and Los Cerros-Ensanche de San Fernando, with a surface area of 494 hectares. The main objective of these documents is to adjust urban growth to the real needs of the city, establishing a new framework for the economic, social and environmental feasibility of future developments.

Moreover, the documents prioritise the defence of the general interest of the city in two senses:

They ensure the environmental values of certain areas in the aforementioned zones through the classification of the land.

They increase the economic guarantees and legal commitments of the private management and execution, and they ensure the implementation of facilities, services and infrastructure to the real capacities of the public administrations.

The economic and legal guarantees affect the public and private agents. On the one hand, the capacity of private players to carry out the investment necessary to manage and urbanise and, on the other hand, the public capacity to implement services and amenities.

To streamline the use of the land, a new land classification system has been established for these areas, which allows for their gradual planning and development, in smaller sections. In this way, the urban planning documents program smaller execution units to ensure the production of land for homes, economic activities and amenities in timeframes that match the needs of the city. In this way, the future developments may be adapted to social, economic, technological and environmental changes that evolve in the future, and will avoid the execution of urbanisations and the inappropriate or unnecessary regulation of buildings.

The result of the land reclassification is 2,422 buildable hectares (…).

In total, the potential capacity of the land in Los Cerros and Ensanches de San Fernando decreases by 28.45%, from 14,900 to 10,700 in terms of the number of homes, and by 23.70%, from 570,000 m2 to 440,000 m2 in terms of the buildable surface area for economic activities.

The first development is scheduled for 2022 in the north of the region (….).

Original story: Inmodiario 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Quabit Generated Profits of €1.1M in H1 2018

27 July 2018 – El Economista

Quabit Inmobiliaria recorded a net profit of €1.1 million during the first half of the year, compared with losses of €3.5 million during the same period in 2017, according to information submitted by the company on Friday to Spain’s National Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV).

The firm’s net turnover amounted to €9.1 million during H1, which more than tripled the €2.8 million recorded a year earlier; and the operating result entered positive territory, amounting to €3.6 million.

The real estate firm closed land operations amounting to €24 million, spanning a buildable surface area 85,130 m2, during the first six months of the year.

In total, since kicking off its growth plan in 2017, Quabit has invested €193 million in plots to build almost 4,850 homes, which means that it has already fulfilled 75% of its target to promote 7,900 homes by 2022.

As at 30 June 2018, the firm’s residential portfolio comprises 3,237 homes, which will generate an estimated turnover of €672 million that will be reflected in the income statement as they are handed over in 2018 and 2019. In June, handover began of 116 homes on the Quabit Aguas Vivas urbanisation in Guadalajara, and the firm will finish the year with a total of 215 homes delivered.

The group highlighted that it will see the sale of almost 1,000 homes in 2019 before it reaches its “cruising speed” of 3,000 deliveries per year in 2022.

Original story: El Economista 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Nyesa Buys 2 Residential Plots in Madrid for €3.6M

18 June 2018 – Eje Prime

The historical firm Nyesa is building homes again in Spain. The group has purchased two plots for residential use in Madrid for €3.6 million. Located in Vicálvaro, in the southeast of the Spanish capital, the plots have a buildable surface area of 5,700 m2, according to explanations provided by the company.

On this land, the real estate company is going to build private housing in its return to the domestic residential market. Having returned to the stock market in January, after six years of lethargy and emerging from creditors’ bankruptcy, Nyesa is going to build flats in El Cañaveral, “one of the largest urban developments in Spain, with a surface area of 5.3 million m2 and plans for 14,000 new homes to be built in the area over the coming years”, said the group.

This new project represents the relaunch of the group’s real estate development division, which has projects underway in Russia and Costa Rica. Listed on the stock market since 1989, its largest shareholders include Grupo Gaber, which controls 23.97% of the company; Grupo Eldarov, owner of 13.88%; Aqualdre, owner of 12.29%; and Fanumceo and Andrei Ivanov with smaller stakes of 8.97% and 5.57% of the company, respectively.

Recently, Nyesa divested some of its business in Costa Rica, with the sale of part of one of its projects in the Central American country to the local businessman Humberto Vargas for €21 million. The surface area transferred amounts to 140 hectares and is located within the La Roca resort, the largest in Costa Rica and one of the largest in all of Latin America.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Corestate to Build 400-Bed Hall of Residence in Sevilla

3 May 2018 – Eje Prime

Corestate is expanding its footprint in the Spanish real estate sector. The fund, which is headquartered in Luxembourg, has purchased a plot of land in Sevilla from Helena Rivero, daughter of the former President of Metrovacesa Joaquín Rivero, for the construction of its second hall of residence for students in Spain. Having operated in the country since 2015, when it arrived at the hand of Grupo Villar Mir, the group has signed the acquisition of 2,200 m2 of land on which it will construct a building with 413 beds.

The project in the Andalucían capital comes after another one that the fund started work on in 2016 in Madrid, where it is currently working on the finishing touches to its first hall of residence for students in Spain. It is a renovated building in the Moncloa district, which is going to have 206 rooms and whose doors are expected to open in September, according to El Confidencial.

The plot in Sevilla is located on the Eusa campus, the university complex of the Sevillan Chamber of Commerce. With a buildable surface area of 11,000 m2, the construction work is going to be led by one of Corestate’s brands, Youniq. On the inside, the hall of residence will have a gym, study rooms, a swimming pool and fully equipped kitchens. The amount of the investment that the fund is going to make in the project has not been revealed.

Last year, Rivero purchased the plot that she has now sold plus another one, spanning 1,700 m2, located in the Club Antares area from the Chamber of Commerce. For both plots, the institution received €7.5 million.

On the Club Antares plot, Rivero is planning to compete with Corestate by constructing a prime hall of residence for students. The Andalucían businesswoman is holding conversations with another fund, Temprano Capital, to carry out that project in conjunction with the specialist operator Collegiate. The firm and the manager are already working together in Spain on a project in Finestrelles (Barcelona), as Eje Prime revealed.

In 2017, university halls of residences were the jewel in the alternative asset crown, a segment that grew significantly last year. In total, the real estate sector invested €560 million in the construction of rooms for students, compared with just €50 million that was transacted in 2016, according to data from the real estate consultancy JLL.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Aena Kicks Off Spain’s Largest RE Project with Public-Private Investment of €3bn

24 April 2018 – El Confidencial

Aena has fired the starting gun for the largest real estate development plan in Spain, equivalent to four times Operación Chamartín or ten times the Retiro Park. It is the Real Estate Plan for the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, which will involve a combined public-private investment of €2.997 billion.

This project, which Aena has been working on since before its stock market debut, proposes the development of 562 hectares of new land, which would allow it to place a buildable surface area of 2.68 million m2 on the market over the next 40 years.

The bulk of the land will be allocated to the development of the largest logistics centre in Spain, which will link the airport’s current cargo loading area with the Corredor del Henares, one of the main logistics regions in the country.

The land allocated to this use will span 257 hectares in total and 1.48 million m2 of buildable surface area, most of which will be developed over the next eight years, and which will mean multiplying the space in the airport dedicated to this use by ten-fold.

The rapid growth of e-commerce and the need from giants such as Amazon and Correos to have large warehouses next to Spain’s largest airport, and the gates of Madrid, are behind the business logic for this move, given that Aena is not planning to build any homes in the area.

In this way, this part of the development will be configured into parks with integrated logistics and transport services, as well as loading warehouses and distribution stores; its main objective will be to serve companies in the electronics, biopharma and perishable product businesses, amongst others. Over the next eight years, the second phase of the plan will begin, aimed at completing the logistics uses and, above all, building a new business centre, known as Airport City, to house the headquarters of large companies such as Aena itself and its parent company, Enaire, as well as four hotels that will add 900 rooms to the existing supply in Madrid.

The total surface area reserved for those uses is 62 hectares, with a forecast buildable surface area of 652,000 m2, 90% of which will be dedicated to offices.

These buildings will be located in an area adjacent to T4, which has already been pre-urbanised and which will have pedestrian access to the terminal, and which will also be connected by public transport (metro, suburban train and bus).

There will also be a leisure and shopping centre, covering a total surface area of 57 hectares and a total forecast buildable surface area of 341,000 m2, plus 298,000 m2 of green space.

Aena hopes to turn this leisure space into a magnet in its own right and, to this end, it plans to open a themed recreation area, a shopping centre, a gastronomic space, wellness areas, an aeronautical museum and panoramic observatories.

“It is an ambitious but realistic plan that is perfectly feasible”, said the Minister for Development, Iñigo de la Serna, during the presentation of the plan this morning, where he also pointed out that the urban planning procedures for these plots of land will be agile.

The plots that form part of this plan will be developed under a concession regime, given that Aena will continue to be the owner. All indications are that at its next meeting, the company’s Board of Directors, chaired by Jaime García-Legaz, will formally initiate this process.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Junta Awards Plot for Construction of 88 Social Housing Properties in Córdoba

20 March 2018 – Diario Córdoba

The Junta de Andalucía has awarded one of the two plots of residential land in Córdoba destined for protected housing that were included in the most recent offer for the sale of real estate assets by the Agency for Housing and Rehabilitation in Andalucía (AVRA), which will enable the construction of 88 social housing properties in the O-3 Residential Sector of the provincial capital. The plot, measuring 4,656 m2 and with a buildable surface area of 9,462 m2 over the ground floor and six storeys, has been awarded for €1,687,103, according to reports from the Junta itself in a press release.

The sale of this plot comes in addition to the sales that the Agency has been formalising in Córdoba over the last three years, where it has managed to dispose of 11 units of residential land in the O-3 sector, for a price of €11.3 million, with capacity for the construction of 710 protected homes, some of which are going to be promoted by private companies and others by municipal initiatives.

The total number of protected plots sold in Córdoba since 2015, including the plot that has just been awarded, now amounts to 12 plots for the construction of 798 homes, with a combined surface area of 54,817 m2. These plots have been awarded for €13 million in total.

The regional delegate for the Ministry of Housing and Development, Josefina Vioque, said that “sales of regional plots of land were reactivated at the beginning of the legislature after the Ministry decided to recover this activity as a strategic axis in the management of its public assets”.

Original story: Diario Córdoba 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Valencia is Awarded 200,000 m2 of Land by the Port for Conversion into Green Space

26 February 2018 – Inmodiario

The mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, and the President of the Port Authority, Aurelio Martínez, have jointly presented an agreement for the use by citizens of 195,000 m2 of Port Authority land in the neighbourhood of Natzaret. The site will contain a park (el Parque de Desembocadura) measuring 63,800 m2, a large sports area spanning 88,000 m2, a tertiary use area and the concession of land to allow the Jardín de Túria to be extended to reach the sea.

“Construction work on the future ‘Parque de Desembocadura’ will start soon. Until now, it has been all about the paperwork and negotiations, but people are going to be able to start strolling through here very soon. It is a very important step for the neighbourhood of Natzaret and for the city as a whole, and very important for the redirection of the seafront, which is the main large project that remains outstanding in terms of town planning in Valencia (…)”, said Joan Ribó, after the approval of the agreement by the Board of the Port Authority (…).

The immediate work that the mayor refers to will begin on a plot measuring 22,000 m2, which citizens will be able to enjoy as soon as possible. The granting of the total space spanning 195,000 m2 in the Natzaret area is going to be the city’s third green space, of which the Parque de Desembocadura will occupy 63,802 m2.

At the same time, the plan is to create a sports area, spanning 88,000 m2. “It is going to be an area between the Natzaret and Puerto neighbourhoods, which I think is really important; it is going to have a lot of positive consequences for boosting the neighbourhood and also for mobility and connections between the neighbourhoods and the city (…)”, said Ribó (…).

The agreement also provides for the creation of a tertiary area (located on part of the site of the former Moyresa factory) which will have a surface area of 19,500 m2 and a buildable surface area of 25,000 m2 (…).

Meanwhile, Aurelio Martínz, President of the Port Authority, expressed his satisfaction “about this agreement, which has required lots of months of work and effort to achieve and to which the mutual understanding that exists with the mayor of Valencia has contributed” (…).

He added that it is a former port space, “which is being made available to the Town Hall and to its citizens” and also that “the fence is going to be maintained for reasons of security just like in other parks that are open for use by citizens during the day”.

Original story: Inmodiario

Translation: Carmel Drake