Drago Leases 1,300m2 of Office Space in San Fernando to Mitsubishi

28 February 2019 – Eje Prime

More engineering in San Fernando. The Madrilenian business park has signed the rental of 1,300 m2 of offices to Mitsubishi Electric. The operation has been closed just a month after Indra leased another 2,500 m2 in the business park for its subsidiary Prointec (…).

Mitsubishi Electric has signed a five-year contract to lease offices in the complex’s Europa building. The space in San Fernando is also going to house a training centre and a showroom. Savills Aguirre Newman has brokered the operation and its Savills Arquitectura department is going to take responsibility for the plans and implementation work.

Mitsubishi also has offices in Barcelona, located in the town of Sant Cugat del Vallès and regional offices in Sevilla, Vitoria, Palma, Bilbao, Valencia and Málaga.

With these operations, the San Fernando Business Park has absorbed almost 4,000 m2 of leasable office surface area, which represents 10% of the total office surface area leased in the Corredor de Henares area during 2018.

The park, located in San Fernando de Henares, was constructed in 1992 and expanded in 2009. Currently, it comprises a gross leasable area of 86,000 m2 and is home to giants such as Coca Cola, Volvo, Baxter and Continental.

In total, the complex has sixty tenants distributed across thirteen buildings. The park is located at the southern end of the Corredor de Henares, the capital’s main logistics and industrial axis.

The San Fernando Business Park changed hands in June 2018 when Oaktree Credit sold it for €120 million three years after acquiring it. Since July 2018, the park has been managed by Drago.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Roger Arnau)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Spaces Launches its Third Co-Working in Madrid on Paseo de la Castellana

24 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Spaces is launching its third project in Madrid. The co-working space brand, owned by Regus, has opened a complex located at number 200 Paseo de la Castellana, in the heart of the Spanish capital’s business district.

The company leased 5,155 m2 of space in the complex in February. The facilities comprise more than 160 offices and 700 workstations. The space is owned by the Socimi Silvercode Investments, although it is managed by Drago.

The Castellana 200 property is the third office that Spaces has opened in the Spanish capital, where it also has another complex in Madrid Río and another in Atocha. In addition, Regus has a fourth asset in the 22@ district of Barcelona.

Castellana 200 was built in 2011 and spans an office area comprising two buildings, one smaller one, which Spaces has moved into, and another measuring 15,127 m2, which is home to tenants such as Discovery Channel, Linkedin and CBRE. The companies that have already decided to move into Spaces Castellana 200 include Ikan Biotech, Pervasive Technologies and Alliance Borntein, amongst others.

Spaces, founded in Amsterdam in 2008, competes directly with other groups such as WeWork. The company is experiencing exponential growth with the opening of 130 new centres, whereby it hopes to close 2018 with 150 centres in total all around the world. Moreover, it is consolidating its position in large markets such as in the USA, the UK, France and another 30 countries around the world.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Drago Lets Building I in Castellana 200 to Workspace Supplier Spaces

28 February 2018 – Interempresas

The Socimi Silvercode Investments, managed by Drago, has signed an agreement with Spaces, the new international workspace supplier that promotes dynamic communities for entrepreneurs and companies, to lease it Building I of the Castellana 200 complex. Spaces, whose main activity focuses on offering flexible, innovative and disruptive workspaces, including coworking offices, in more than 100 countries, has decided to strengthen its expansion in Spain with the rental of this building, which has a surface area of 5,155 m2.

As a result of this deal, Spaces will have three centres available in the Spanish capital, in addition to the centre it owns in Barcelona. CBRE, the leading international consultancy and real estate services company, has advised the operation. Divided into nine open-plan floors spanning more than 600 m2 each with lots of light thanks to the integrated glass façade, Building I in Castellana 200 was the first in the country to obtain the B+ rating granted by the Spanish Office Association (AEO) for its excellent qualities and services, which are capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding occupants.

According to Philippe Jiménez, Director of Spaces in Spain: “Following our arrival in Madrid with Spaces Río and the imminent opening of Atocha, Castellana 200 is going to become the third Spaces centre in the capital. This building is in a privileged location in the heart of the city’s business district, which will allow the new way of working that Spaces offers to reach many more Madrilenian companies and entrepreneurs”. And he added, “Spaces is still looking for new locations both in Madrid as well as in other Spanish cities to continue its growth across the country.

With this operation, Drago and CBRE have managed to lease more than 95% of the space available for office rental in Castellana 200, a complex comprising two office buildings and a shopping centre located on the Madrilenian Paseo de la Castellana. Building II has an occupancy rate of 95% and is home to leading companies such as Discovery Channel, Linkedin, CBRE, Ebury and Schweppes.

Original story: Interempresas

Translation: Carmel Drake

AC to Open an Autograph Hotel in Drago’s Property in Sevilla

14 December 2017 – Expansión

Drago has reached an agreement with AC by Marriott to open an Autograph branded hotel in the former headquarters of Banco de Andalucía in Sevilla, according to market sources.

The hotel, which will have 95 rooms, will be located on Avenida de la Constitución in Sevilla, just 200 m from the Giralda. Specifically, the hotel will occupy six of the eight floors in the building that Drago acquired in a joint venture with a private investor in 2016.

Moreover, the building will house a retail space on the ground floor, which will occupy a gross leasable area (GLA) of approximately 1,800 m2. In total, the building has a surface area of 8,300 m2 and it is being marketing by CBRE Sevilla.

The firm plans to spend €35 million, including the acquisition price, on this project, which will result in the creation of at least 56 direct jobs.

The hotel will be the eighth in Spain to be managed under the brand. Currently, there are four Autograph hotels in Madrid – Santo Mauro, Palacio del Retiro, Casino and Circulo Gran Vía–, as well as the Cotton House (Barcelona), the Palacio de Santa Paula (Granada), the Palacio del Carmen (Santiago de Compostela) and the AC Bacqueira Ski Resort (Bacqueira Beret).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Drago & Murias Invest €50M To Build Melilla’s First Shopping Centre

25 October 2017 – Eje Prime

Drago Capital is adding a new project to its portfolio. The real estate manager is finalising the launch of Parque Melilla, the first shopping centre located in the autonomous city of Melilla. The group, which has joined forces with Grupo Murias (to take care of the construction work) has invested €50 million in the project, according to explanations provided by company sources to Eje Prime.

The shopping centre, which is being commercialised by LyC Consultores, has been built on land that formerly housed the Valenzuela Barracks. It will have a gross leasable area (GLA) of 34,600 m2 in total, spread over two open floors, with parking for 1,350 vehicles.

The centre will be a mixed format retail park style (given that the gross leasable area will range between 20,000 m2 and 39,999 m2), with an area that will house a hypermarket along with small and medium-sized stores for fashion and services, and another space where the large format operators will compete.

According to Drago, the construction work is being carried out in record time: the starting gun was fired in September 2016 and more than 80% of the property has already been built. At the moment, Drago is working on fine-tuning the premises of the various operators and the centre is expected to open before the end of the year. The whole project will generate around 580 direct jobs and around 800 indirect roles when it opens its doors.

The centre is almost completely occupied. 85% of the premises have been leased to fashion, electronics and sports groups, as well as restaurant chains. Some of the brands that are going to open stores in the centre include H&M, Decathlon, Springfield, C&A, Inditex, Eroski, Worten, Inside, Multiópticas, Cortefiel, Primor, Guess and Levi’s.

As a result of this shopping centre, Melilla will lose its title as the only Spanish region without this format of retail offering, which will serve as a gateway for brands that do not have a presence in the city yet. The population in Parque Melilla’s catchment area amounts to almost 400,000 inhabitants.

Since its inception, Drago Capital has launched and managed fourteen investment vehicles encompassing more than 1,200 properties in Spain and Portugal. The company is dividing its business in two. On the one hand, Drago Capital has developed its asset management business, which offers services ranging from administrative management to property management, as well as the implementation of divestment and refinancing strategies.

The group also manages several investment vehicles on the Iberian Peninsula, in which large institutional investors hold stakes. Drago primarily manages two types of vehicles, those involving private capital and those involving managed accounts and joint ventures, which are specific vehicles oriented at covering the specific real estate investment needs of institutional investors (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by Custodio Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Owner Of Castellana 200 Debuts On The MAB

2 June 2016 – La Vanguardia

A new Socimi, Silvercode Investments, owner of the majority of the Castellana 200 Complex (pictured above), will make its debut today on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) at a price of €1.11 per share, valuing the whole company at around €80.3 million.

The company will thus become the sixteenth Socimi to join the market, according to a statement issued by the Spanish Stock Exchanges and Markets (BME).

Silvercode owns the majority of the Castellana 200 Complex, located in Madrid’s main financial district. The site comprises two office buildings, one shopping centre, four floors of underground parking and a project under development.

The company will list through the price fixing system. Renta 4 Corporate is the registered advisor and Banco Sabadell is acting as the liquidity provider.

The initial share price has been adopted taking into consideration the findings of a report performed by independent valuation experts, Ernst & Young Servicios Corporativos.

The company has signed a contract with Drago for the management of the Castellana 200 Complex.

The shopping centre, located on Paseo de la Castellana, used to be one of the jewels in the crown of Reyal Urbis, before that firm filed for bankruptcy. The centre opened its doors to the public in April 2013, with 19 stores as well as common areas.

In 2009, a project was started to construct a five-star hotel in the building. Nevertheless, the construction work was never finished due to financing problems.

Silvercode currently owns 52.18% of the property under development, whilst the remaining 47.82% is still owned by Reyal Urbis.

In May 2014, Java International, a company domiciled in Luxembourg, acquired 100% of Silvercode Investments’ share capital.

Original story: La Vanguardia

Translation: Carmel Drake