ASG Homes Negotiates the Sale of 1,000 Rental Homes to Institutional Investors

19 June 2019 – Expansión

ASG Homes, the property development arm of the European manager ASG, is following in the footsteps of many of the major property developers in Spain by putting up for sale 1,000 rental homes.

The announcement comes in response to interest from institutional investors in acquiring and managing portfolios of rental homes, given the booming demand in the rental market.

Specifically, ASG Homes is negotiating the sale of 3 of its developments in San Sebastián, Madrid and Sevilla, which will be worth €200 million once finished, with investment funds, Socimis and family offices.

ASG Homes had planned to hold onto the properties and manage them itself but the strong interest from investors has resulted in a change of tack. In this way, the company is emulating the strategies of several listed property developers, such as Metrovacesa and Aedas Homes.

In total, ASG Homes has a landbank spanning 500,000 m2 with the capacity to build 5,000 homes distributed across Madrid, Alicante, Estepona, Marbella, Salamanca, Barcelona, Sevilla and Valencia. It launched its business in Spain in 2013 and invests not only in the residential sector, but also in the hotel, shopping centre and office segments.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Temprano Capital Partners Acquires a New Site for a Student Residence in Madrid

17 June 2019 – Press Release

The new project, which forms part of the Temprano Student Living (TSL) initiative, will provide 10,000 m2 of premium accommodation for more than 400 students. This project represents Temprano Capital Partners first scheme in Madrid and its eleventh Student Residence development in the Iberian Peninsula.

Temprano Capital Partners has just acquired a new site in Getafe, Madrid. It is the firm’s first student residence project to be developed in Spain’s capital and the eleventh in Temprano Student Living (TSL) Iberian’s  pipeline.

The first TSL project to complete was TSL Marques de Pombal in Lisbon, which opened its doors to students in January 2018 and won the award for “Best in Class for Property Innovation and Sustainability at the Class” given by The Class of 2020 annual awards for its good work in innovation and sustainability.

By adding this new student residence in Madrid, TSL will increase the number of beds in its portfolio to more than 4,000. The city of Madrid has the largest number of students in Spain followed by Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao, respectively. More than 300,000 students are enrolled in the region in the 2018-2019 academic year, of which 196,400 attend public universities with the remainder at various private educational institutions around Madrid.

The large student population in Madrid includes a large contingency from other regions of Spain (approximately 80,000 according to internal research) and approximately 24,000 international students principally Europeans and from the Americas.

The recently acquired site is located at Calle Ramón Rubial 37, Getafe, which is an 8-minute walk from the main campus of the Carlos III University and a 10-minute walk from the railway station Las Margaritas Universidad.

It is envisaged that the student residence will provide some 400 beds in a combination of cluster, studio and twin room configurations, within a building spanning just over 10,000 m2. The residence will provide other services and amenities, such as a gymnasium, lounge club area, audio visual / cinema rooms, library, study rooms and areas created for group work, dinner party rooms and onsite catering and restaurant facilities. The residence will offer rentals to be fully inclusive with 24/7 concierge service. Rooms will provide kitchens, individual bathrooms, Smart TVs, in addition to desks for in room study needs. High speed Wi-Fi will be provided throughout the project.

Original story: Press Release

Edited by: Carmel Drake

Mercadona Buys Another 136,000 m2 of Land in Parc Sagunt for €16.6M

13 June 2019 – Valencia Plaza

Mercadona is continuing to buy up land in Parc Sagunt (Valencia). The supermarket company has formalised the purchase of 6 more plots of land spanning 136,000 m2 on the industrial and logistics park for €16.6 million.

The aim of this purchase is to expand the logistics facilities that the company led by Juan Roig is currently building on the largest plot in the complex, which spans more than 350,000 m2.

The latest plots to be acquired are located next to the other plots that the supermarket giant purchased in 2017 and will house auxiliary services.

Original story: Valencia Plaza (by Xavi Moret)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Hard Rock to Open a 504-Room Hotel in Barcelona

15 May 2019 – Expansión

The Hard Rock International group has reached an agreement with the fund manager ASG to open a hotel in San Adriá de Besós on a plot of land acquired by the real estate firm.

The luxury establishment, which will be known as the Hard Rock Hotel Barcelona will have 504 rooms, will open in 2022 and will involve an investment of €200 million. The hotel will span a surface area of more than 30,000 m2 and will have two restaurants, a sports bar, terraces and a rooftop swimming pool and bar.

This is the second agreement that the two companies have signed to develop a hotel project in Spain, after they reached a similar deal last year to open a 4-star establishment in Madrid, in the Atocha neighbourhood.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Valencia’s Logistics Market will Incorporate 6+ New Platforms in 2019

14 May 2019 – Valencia Plaza

The logistics real estate sector in Valencia is on a roll. At least that is according to a study conducted by Triangle Real Estate Management, which highlights the plentiful supply in the province, in particular in the Riba-Roja and Cheste areas.

Construction is currently underway on three new logistics platforms, spanning 53,000 m2 in total, in the town of Riba-Roja, which are expected to be completed in Q3 2019. Moreover, work has already been finished this year on three other logistics properties in Paterna, Torrent and Loriguilla, with a combined surface area of 40,000 m2.

In addition, there are eight other projects in the pipeline to build turnkey properties, spanning a total surface area of 261,123 m2, which will be ready 9-12 months after they have been signed.

Stock of properties

On the other hand, the report details that the total stock of properties available for storage in the Valencia area spans a surface area of more than 2.5 million m2, of which 60% is located in the Valencia Logistics Corridor, comprising the municipalities of Riba-Roja, Loriguilla and Cheste. However, most of the available surface areas are “old, small properties”.

Land under development

The Valencian logistics market also has 6 million m2 of land available for development, in other words, land that is buildable and classified as industrial but pending the completion of one or more urban planning procedure. 75% of that land will be developed over the long-term, in other words, in more than 5 years time.

Rental prices

Market prices have risen in recent months due to the shortage of supply. Asking prices in the prime areas along the A-3 (Riba-Roja, Cheste, Loriguilla and Quart de Poblet) amount to €4.5/m2/month, compared with €4.25/m2/month in the area around the Ford Almussafes factory and €3.75/m2/month in secondary areas and places such as Sagunt.

Original story: Valencia Plaza (by Begoña Torres)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Conren Tramway Buys a 8,000 m2 Plot in 22@ to Build Offices

18 April 2019 – Eje Prime

Conren Tramway has purchased a plot of land at number 162 Calle Almogàvers in Barcelona’s 22@ technological district, on the same block as another project that the firm is already working on, at number 97 Calle Badajoz.

The company, owned by the Hugas brothers and the German manager Conren Land, plans to build an office building on the 8,000 m2 plot. Construction work is expected to start next year and be completed by 2021.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Aedas Revolutionises the Property Development Sector by Building 500 Turnkey Homes for Ares

12 April 2019 – El Confidencial

Aedas Homes has decided to launch a new line of business by building complete housing developments for other companies. In this way, the listed property developer hopes to generate value from its production over-capacity; it anticipates recording revenues of around €70 million from the initiative.

In this vein, the company led by David Martínez has reached an agreement with the fund Ares to build 500 homes in its name in three different locations: Torrejón de Ardoz, Alcalá de Henares and El Cañaveral (all in Madrid).

This is the largest turnkey project in the sector since the outbreak of the real estate crisis, a decade ago and as such, represents a real milestone.

The three largest listed property developers in Spain, Neinor, Aedas and Metrovacesa, are all living by the famous mantra “reinvent yourself or die”. As such, they are expanding their operations as they seek to actually generate the high turnover figures that they promised when they made their stock market debuts.

With this latest announcement, Aedas is sending a clear message to its competitors. It has over-capacity in its production model, which means that it can handle turnkey projects on a large scale, as well as deliver the roadmap that it is already committed to.

With the additional 500 homes from this project, Aedas Homes could end the year with more than 3,000 units launched, compared with the 2,580 initially planned for the year.

Meanwhile, Ares Capital is immersed in its commitment to the Spanish real estate market, with a particular focus on the residential segment, with homes both for sale and for rent.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

ZAV to Receive €15.9M from the Sale of an Intermodal Plot for 198 Homes

11 April 2019 – El Periódico 

The company Zaragoza Alta Velocidad is going to receive at least €15,972,060 from the sale of a plot of land in the future AVE neighbourhood. That is the highest price offered in the auction for the plot, known as block 6, which is located next to the Delicias intermodal station in Zaragoza.

Assuming no last minute surprises, the winner of the auction will be the company SPV Reoco 1, which is the firm behind which one of the giants of the residential property sector in Spain likes to hide, namely Aedas Homes. It will be the listed company’s first venture into Zaragoza, although it already has a presence in Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia, amongst others.

Nevertheless, according to sources close to the operation, the auction has not been closed yet, and the other two competing firms Refacleta S.L. and Innovación and Desarrollo Asistencial (de Logroño) are still in with a real chance.

The plot measures 5,821.2 m2 and has a buildability of 27,956 m2, with capacity for 198 flats. Construction on the site, the second real estate development to be built in the AVE neighbourhood, is expected to begin later this year.

Original story: El Periódico (by D. López)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Les Rivages to Invest €12M in 55 Luxury Homes in Almuñécar

10 April 2019 – Eje Prime

The French property developer Les Rivages is planning to invest €12 million in the construction of 55 beachfront homes in Almuñécar (Granada). The building work will begin after the summer and the homes, which will each have between 2 and 3 bedrooms (one will have 4 bedrooms) and a terrace spanning between 30m2 and 40m2, are expected to be ready within less than a year.

This represents Les Rivages’s first venture outside of Estepona (Málaga) and the company specialising in luxury coastal second homes is reportedly planning more projects in the area.

The French firm made its Spanish debut in Estepona in 2015 with the construction of 12 luxury beachfront apartments in the Guadalobón area, which had sales prices of between €1 million and €1.3 million.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

INBISA Completed the Construction of Logistics Projects Spanning 330,000 m2 in 2018

8 April 2019 – Press Release

INBISA Construcción completed the construction of logistics projects spanning 330,000 m2 in 2018, up by 80,000 m2 YoY, and has already handed over more than 110,000 m2 of completed logistics space so far this year.

The strong boost in the logistics sector across the country has contributed to the company’s growth, with operators in the retail and e-commerce sectors demanding much of the new space, especially in Madrid and Cataluña.

INBISA Construcción offers a complete service across all phases of the logistics process, from asset construction to property management, providing solutions to each one of its clients’ needs.

In recent months, the company completed the development of the Puerta Centro de Guadalajara industrial estate, an innovative logistics centre for Montepino Logística, a leading property developer in Spain in the development of turnkey projects, and Luís Simões, one of the country’s leading logistics operators.

Original story: Press Release

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake