Socimi P3 Spain Logistics Parks Will Invest €200M in 2018

12 January 2018 – Expansión

The Socimi P3 Spain Logistics Parks, which specialises in the logistics sector and which is controlled by GIC, the Singapore sovereign fund, is planning to invest around €200 million in Spain in 2018 on the purchase of assets and land, as well as on property development.

Of the total amount, €60 million will be spent on the acquisition of land, explained the Director General of the Socimi, David Marquina, yesterday. In addition to strengthening its presence along the Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona corridor, the objective of the firm is to grow along the Mediterranean Corridor, where it aims to reach as far as Málaga and Sevilla.

As part of its strategy, in December, P3 Spain Logistics Parks purchased a warehouse measuring 6,000 m2 in Valencia, which it will extend by another 6,000 m2, so that the frozen food logistics company Montfrisa can establish a hub there.

During the same month, it completed the 3,684 m2 extension of the logistics supply centre that the company owns in Getafe (Madrid), which now spans almost 20,000 m2.

Marquina considers that in 2018 investment will grow by more in Madrid than in Barcelona, due to the political uncertainty (in Cataluña) and the lack of available land in that area. Other cities, such as Valencia, will also benefit from this displacement in investor interest.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Gov’t To Extend Suspension Of Evictions For Vulnerable Families

6 February 2017 – RTVE

Last Wednesday, the Minister for the Economy, Luis de Guindos, announced that the Government will extend the moratorium that prevents families in vulnerable situations from being evicted from their primary residences. The moratorium was due to expire on 15 May this year and its extension had also been requested by the Socialist Party.

“Yes, we will do so again now (extend the moratorium), like we did in 2015. We are open to negotiations”, said De Guindos, after confirming that 24,000 families have now benefitted from this measures, which favours certain groups.

The Minister was responding to questions from the Socialist congresswoman María del Mar Rominguera (…), who asked him about the Government’s intention to extend the deadline for the suspension of evictions of the most vulnerable families from their homes.

De Guindos said that the Government has protected the people who have suffered the most during the economic crisis and pointed out that some of the measures undertaken in this regard, such as the Code of Good Practice and the Social Housing Fund, approved by the Government, have benefitted more than 76,000 vulnerable families.

Evictions from primary residences have decreased by almost 30%

De Guindos said that the Government is willing to continue with these actions because they are having a “positive” effect, although he pointed out that the most recent statistics indicate that evictions from primary residences have decreased by around 30% “and that is a result of the economic recovery”.

De Guindos insisted that the creation of employment is what will confirm the economic recovery, given that “it is not only a matter of establishing palliative measures, although they are also important”.

“If employment improves in Spain, if there are increasingly more possibilities, if we increasingly see that house prices are not collapsing, we will see how situations involving evicted families will become increasingly marginal”, he said.

The PSOE supports the extension

Meanwhile, the Socialist congresswoman said she appreciated the fact that the Government has extended the moratorium for anti-evictions, which was due to expire in May (…).

The PSOE had requested an extension of the moratorium, four years after it first came into force. Nevertheless, De Guindos did not specify how long the moratorium would be extended for. (…).

Original story: RTVE 

Translation: Carmel Drake

A Revamp Of Avenida Diagonal Would Boost RE Inv’t

4 August 2016 – Mis Locales

With the debate raging over whether or not to reform Avenida Diagonal, between Paseo de Gracia and La Plaza de las Glorias, real estate investments are firmly under the spotlight. Following the approval of the proposal by the municipal council, planned for next summer, at a cost of around €11 million, the door has been opened to the extension of the prime area, currently centred around the commercial thoroughfares of Rambla de Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia, to other areas of the city centre.

The renovation includes increasing the width of the pavements by up to 40%, moving the tramlines to the middle of the avenue and restricting private traffic to just two lanes in each direction. Those are the main changes of the reform, which would generate 1,000 new jobs, 500 direct and another 500 indirect.

“The renovation of La Diagonal would turn it into one of the state of the art thoroughfares not just in Spain, but in Europe. Moreover, it would generate lots of business opportunities for an area that has historically been regarded as a transit route”, said Gerard Marcet, Founding Partner at Laborde Marcet. The renovation would give priority to citizens and would boost businesses in the area. On the stretch between Paseo de Gracia and Paseo San Juan alone, 100 premises are either vacant or in a precarious situation, which could see their fortunes turned around thanks to this refurbishment.

The project has been prepared on the basis of the city’s urban mobility plan, which forecasts a 20% reduction in private traffic by 2018, which would allow the space designated for bicycles and pedestrians to be increased, and the stretch of La Diagonal between Paseo de Gracia and La Plaza de las Glorias to be converted into a pedestrianized area. (…)

“Investing in La Diagonal means attracting investment and businesses from all over the world, as well as to another main focal point: Diagonal Mar”, said Marcet. The main commercial focus of attraction in the 22@ district has a surface area of 88,000 sqm, contains 200 shops, 40,000 employees and more than 4,800 parking spaces.

Companies such as Sara Lee, ADP, Henkel Ibérica, ISDIN, RBA, Microsoft Ibérica, Telefónica, Indra and Sanofi are some of the companies that are already located in the area.

Original story: Mis Locales

Translation: Carmel Drake

Ministry Of Development: Housing Permits Rise By 42%

1 July 2016 – El Economista

The number of permits granted by the College of Technical Architects for the construction of homes shot up by 42% during the first four months of the year to 21,577, the best figure recorded between January and April since 2011, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Development.

Despite the increase, the number of housing permits granted still falls well below the maximum levels recorded in 2007, when at the height of the real estate boom, 276,588 permits were granted during the first four months of the year, 92% more than in 2016.

The number of permits granted started the year with an increase of 44%, at 4,943. In February, the YoY rise amounted to 35%, with 5,663 permits; meanwhile, in March, the number doubled to 6,176 and in April the increase moderated to 6.5%, with 4,795 permits.

In total, the number of permits granted for new builds, renovations and extensions during the four months to April stood at 30,236, which represents an increase of 27.6% with respect to 2015.

By type of property, permits to construct housing blocks rose by 45%, to 15,843 licences, whilst permits for family homes grew by 34%, to 5,730. In terms of surface area, the average size of family homes stood at 201 sqm, whilst the average size of apartments was 117 sqm.

Since the Ministry of Development began compiling these statistics in 1991, the number of permits granted reached its historical monthly low in August 2013, when just 1,585 licences were granted. The series maximum was recorded in September 2006 with the granting of 126,753 permits.

Original story: El Economista

Translation: Carmel Drake

Palladium Strengthens ‘Only You’ With New Hotel In Madrid

24 February 2016 – Cinco Días

The Palladium group is strengthening its presence in Madrid with the launch of a second Only You hotel. The four-star property, located opposite Atocha train station, will have 206 rooms and is expected to open its doors in June.

The hotel is following in the footsteps of the first Only You hotel, located on Calle Barquillo in Madrid, which has become one of the iconic boutique establishments in the city. “We want to operate a dynamic model under the umbrella of the Only You chain, to serve both a hotel with 100 rooms, as well as one with 250 rooms”, said Juan Serra yesterday, the CEO of Only You and Ayre Hoteles, the urban division of the Palladium group, in which El Corte Inglés holds a 50% stake and which recorded double digit growth figures last year.

In this way, the Group has established a period of between six and ten months to analyse the evolution of its brand and begin its expansion. To drive its growth, Palladium will evaluate the conversion of some of its hotels, possibly including its property in Valencia, as well as its management model. According to Abel Matutes Prats, the CEO of Palladium, the group may also extend its brand “to several Spanish and European cities over the next five years, and we are not ruling out certain Latin American capital cities”. “We have built the foundations for growth and that is what we intend to do”, said the executive.

The future hotel, which will employ around 60 people, has received an investment of around €38 million, to finance the purchase of the property and its renovation. The opening of the establishment will also coincide with the extension of the hotel on Calle Barquillo, to include 55 new rooms.

The Palladium group, which recorded revenues of more than €500 million last year, is also working on the construction of its second Hard Rock Café, in Tenerife, where it will invest around €80 million and which is expected to be ready in November. Moreover, it will spend another €700 million on three hotels in Cancun, one of which will operate under the Usuahïa brand. This growth is being financed primarily using own funds.

Abel Matutes also acknowledged that the company is currently evaluating the Socimi (company structure) formula, at a time when the group owns all but three of its hotels, but he highlighted that this analysis is at “an embryonic stage”. And he said that the group will focus its investment on America over the next few years.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Laura Salces)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Carmena Commits To Studying Operación Chamartín

25 June 2015 – Expansión

The mayoress of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, has confirmed to the Chairman of the Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN), Antonio Béjar, that she is committed to studying the draft plans for the extension of the Paseo de la Castellana, according to sources close to the company.

Carmena met with the project’s leaders on Wednesday, for around an hour, in an atmosphere characterised by the “utmost cordiality”.

During the meeting, Béjar described the planned development to the mayoress of Ahora Madrid. He explained that the project aims to promote the DCN through its Partial Plan and that it will be one of the most important city projects in Europe.

At the end of the meeting, Béjar seemed optimistic and said that he hopes that the Partial Plan will be approved at an upcoming plenary session, once the Town Hall’s new government has analysed it in detail.

The project will extend the Paseo de la Castellana north by 3.7 km and involve the redesign of an area covering 311 hectares. It will also include the construction of 17,700 homes, 56 hectares of green space – half the size of the Retiro park – and several skyscrapers.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake