Acciona Buys a Plot of Residential Land in Malilla (Valencia) from Sareb

19 December 2017 – Valencia Plaza

Acciona Inmobiliaria is joining the property developer fever in Malilla. The firm has purchased one of the few plots of land left for sale in the Valencian neighbourhood from Sareb for more than €7 million, according to several sources in the sector speaking to Valencia Plaza.

The transaction, which was signed last week, places almost 2,000 m2 of land in Malilla Norte Residencial at the disposal of the property developer. The plot has a permitted buildable surface area of almost 15,000 m2 – equivalent to around 150 homes.

According to the same sources, Acciona, which has been advised by the consultancy firm CBRE, was awarded the plot after it submitted the best offer in a process that saw half a dozen companies compete. The marketing of the plot was carried out by Solvia.

Execution unit 1 in the Malilla Morte sector is one of the hottest spots in Valencia’s property market. It comprises a land surface area measuring 360,000 m2, of which 70,000 m2 will comprise a large garden – plus another 13,000 m2 for the same use spread throughout the neighbourhood – 68,000 m2 for the road network, 50,000 m2 for public use and 45,000 m2 for private buildable land.

It is precisely the buildable plots where a large number of property developers have taken positions, including Libra, Hábitat, ASG Iberia (Activum SG), Grupo Lobe, Urbem and Aelca.

The most talked about investment in the area was that made by the listed company Neinor Homes, which after acquiring a plot for the development of 54 flats in the neighbourhood, spent another €27 million to buy 50,000 m2 of land from the Valencia firm Urbem, where it plans to build 400 homes.

Second development underway

In terms of Acciona Inmobiliaria, the firm has at least two projects underway in the city after announcing its return to domestic property building in March, with the construction of 16 developments – 13 in Spain and the rest in Mexico and Poland.

As this newspaper reported, the infrastructure management and renewable energy company will build a development on Avenida del Puerto, 284, on the corner of Calle Barco. That residential complex will comprise 53 homes and will integrate a protected façade.

Original story: Valencia Plaza (by Dani Valero)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Aelca, Ibosa, Amenabar, Pryconsa, Libra & Princeton Compete For Calderón Plots

18 November 2017 – El Economista

Atlético de Madrid has already received its first offers from investors interested in acquiring the plots of land adjacent to the Vicente Calderón stadium. The sale represents the largest land operation currently underway in the centre of Madrid and the football club is taking advantage of that fact to try to find a buyer willing to pay double the current prices in the area.

According to several sources in the sector, the companies that have bid to acquire these plots of land include the property developer Aelca, in which Värde holds a stake. It is the only one of the four large real estate companies still in the process, given that Neinor, Aedas and Vía Célere have all ruled out participating in the operation, due to its high price.

The same sources state that Grupo Ibosa is another one of the firms that is pushing ahead with the purchase process; and it is doing so with the backing of a fund. Similarly, the property developers Amenabar and Pryconsa have also submitted bids, as has the cooperative manager Libra Gestión.

The British family office Princeton is another name that appears on the list of investors interested in the Calderdón. That firm arrived in Spain at the beginning of 2015 and since then has closed several residential operations as well as a handful of others of a tertiary nature.

CBRE, which is advising the operation, will receive the binding offers at the end of November, with the aim of trying to close the sale before the end of the year. Atlético de Madrid wants to repay Carlos Slim on time for the more than €160 million that he loaned the Club, through the company Inbursa, to finance the works on the new stadium, Wanda Metropolitano.

The land up for sale is divided into three plots (RC-4, RC-7 and RC-8) and together cover more than 63,000 m2. The largest space corresponds to private residential use and the rest to tertiary use. The amount that Atlético de Madrid expects to receive for this operation, according to real estate sources in the know, comes to €200 million, which places the price per square metre in a very high range, of around €3,300/m2. In this way, the c. 480 homes that will be constructed on the site, will have to be sold for around €6,000/m2 if the operation is to be profitable for the buyer. It is precisely these figures that have deterred the large listed real estate companies, as well as those that have financial backing from funds, given that they must fulfil the returns they have promised to their shareholders and investors in every operation.

First obstacles

Although the project known as Mahou-Calderón, which encompasses the sale of these plots, has already received provisional approval from the Town Hall of Madrid, it is still awaiting definitive approval from the Community of Madrid’s Urban Planning Committee, which has four months to analyse the one-off amendment to the PGOU, and the Community of Madrid’s Governing Council, according to José Manuel Calvo, a Councillor for the Town Hall of Madrid, in an interview for the El Economista’s Inmobiliaria magazine.

Nevertheless, on Wednesday, it was revealed that the Ministry for the Environment and Land Planning had identified a “calculation error” in the buildability coefficients, and has urged the municipal technicians to correct the errors in order “to prevent the operation from being susceptible to being challenged in the courts in the future”, said sources from the Ministry to EP.

Original story: El Economista (by Alba Brualla)

Translation: Carmel Drake