Malaysian Investment Fund Looks to Buy into Major Development on the Costa del Sol

6 January 2020 A Malaysian investment fund linked to the country’s sovereign wealth fund is finalising negotiations to become the first investor in a huge residential, commercial and industrial development on the Costa del Sol. The project would be the largest of its kind in the region and one of the largest in Spain as a whole.

The development is mainly set to include residential homes on a 2.6 million square meter plot of land near the Andalusian Technology Park, in Campanillas, Málaga. The development would consist of the construction of 5,000 ‘build to rent’ rental homes slated for professionals working at the technology park.

The land currently belongs to about 700 individual families.

Un fondo de inversión de Malasia vinculado al fondo de riqueza soberana del mismo país está finalizando las negociaciones para convertirse en el primer inversor en un gran desarrollo residencial, comercial e industrial en la Costa del Sol. El proyecto sería el más grande de su tipo en la región y uno de los más grandes de España en su conjunto.

El desarrollo está destinado principalmente a incluir viviendas en una parcela de 2,6 millones de metros cuadrados cerca del Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, en Campanillas, Málaga. El desarrollo consistiría en la construcción de 5,000 viviendas de alquiler ‘construidas para alquilar’ programadas para profesionales que trabajan en el parque tecnológico.

La tierra actualmente pertenece a unas 700 familias.

Original Story: Vozpópuli – Joaquín Hernández

Translation/Summary: Richard D. Turner

Signs of Over-Development Seen on Spain’s Costa del Sol

12 December 2019 – Development on Spain’s Costa del Sol has taken off since the country has emerged from the housing crash. A boom is underway in the area between Málaga and Estepona where there are more than 200 developments under construction. Some of the developers are finding it increasingly more difficult to maintain the pace of sales, as oversupply, increased prices, and a generalised economic slowdown are beginning to bite.

The number of approvals for construction permits on the Costa del Sol has risen dramatically in the last year, reaching a level that is 50% higher than in Costa Blanca. Also, the issuance of construction permits in 2018 for the Costa de Sol rose by 50%, while there was a 10% drop in Costa Blanca.

The shortage of developable land has caused a sharp increase in the prices for both construction materials and the homes for sale. The price of land has doubled in the last three years, while house prices have been rising at annual rates of 8% and 10%, with even higher rates on the coast.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Elena Sanz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Inovalis Acquires Office Complex in the Largest Deal of the Last Five Years in Málaga

31 October 2019 – The Canadian REIT Inovalis has acquired the Málaga Business Park office complex from Iberdrola, in the largest real estate operation in Málaga of the last five years. The complex is located in the Andalusian technology park and was originally built in 2003. The Málaga Business Park consists of six buildings with 12,000 square meters of gross leasable area. The complex is currently 100% occupied and has nearly 300 parking spaces.

Before this investment in Spain, Inovalis had focused on France and Germany, where it owns 14 office buildings in cities such as Paris, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.

Original Story: Expansión

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Andalusian Government to Sell Former Post Office Building in Málaga

14 October 2019 The former Post Office building in Málaga will finally go on sale after a decade vacant, as the Andalusian government has approved its sale after lifting a €2.14 million embargo on the property. The sale comes at a time when the local real estate market is in an upswing, and potential investors have taken an interest in the property.

Zoning laws in the city, however, state that the property must be used as residences for students or senior citizens, or as a university centre or hospital. Market sources believe that gaining municipal approval to convert the property into use as a hotel would be a lengthy and complex process.

The Andalusian government has set a base price of just over 16.8 million euros, somewhat lower than the €19-million price a valuation gave it a few months ago. Interested parties must contact the government by November 14.

Original Story: Málaga Hoy – Sebastián Sánchez

Photo: Javier Albiñana

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Eurostars Hotels Acquires Two Hotels from HIP

4 October 2019 – Eurostars Hotels has acquired two new hotels; first, the four-star Eurostars Málaga, in the city of the same name, and, second, the 4-star Eurostars Acteón on Calle Vicente Beltrán Grimal de València in Valencia. Eurostars acquired the two units from HIP for an undisclosed amount.

Original Story: Valencia Plaza

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Andalusian Government Approves Project for Intu Costa del Sol

18 September 2019 The British firm Intu Properties, together with its partner Eurofund, has received the final approval from the Andalusian government to build its commercial and leisure mega-project, the Intu Costa del Sol. The 235,000-m2 development will involve an investment of 800 million euros.

Intu Costa del Sol, located north of Torremolinos and just three kilometres from the airport in Malaga, will have 142,000 square meters of stores, over 20 different options for leisure activities, two hotels, a beach club and a 5,000-person concert venue.

The developer forecasts 23 million visitors to eventually frequent Intu Costa del Sol per year, of which 12.6 million will be tourists. Construction is expected to begin in 2020, with its inauguration planned for 2023.

Original Story: Expansión – Rocío Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Villar Mir Sells Land and Development Rights to Two Apartment Blocks in Málaga to Aquila Capital

17 September 2019 Inmobiliaria Espacio, a subsidiary of the Villar Mir Group, has reached an agreement with the German fund Aquila Capital to sell the land and projects for two 450-flat apartment buildings, each more than 120 meters high, part of the Martiricos project in central Malaga.

The Espacio Medina company, 70% owned by Villar Mir and 30% owned by Afinipo, of Unicaja, initially led the Martiricos development.

In addition to the two apartment buildings, the development includes an office building, a subsidised (VPO) 224-flat housing block and 50,000-m2 of green areas. The project’s estimated investment is expected to reach 240 million euros.

The agreement includes the land where the two towers will be built and the associated project. Villar Mir will remain responsible for the urbanisation works. The two firms declined to reveal the amount of the sale.

Original Story: Expansión – Rocío Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Malaga to Auction Post Office Building for €20 Million

16 September 2019 – The delegate of the Andalusia Government in Malaga, Patricia Navarro, stated that the state intends to sell a building once occupied by the post office in an auction that is expected to raise more than 20 million euros. An appraisal of the building set its value at €19 million, but elevated investor interest is expected to boost that price.  The building has nine floors, 17,000 square meters of surface area and is in the centre of the provincial capital.

Original Story: Malaga Hoy – Miriam Núñez

Photo: Javier Albiñana

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Inmobiliaria Espacio Negotiating to Sell Two Planned Apartment Buildings in Malaga

2 September 2019

Inmobiliaria Espacio, a subsidiary of Grupo Villar Mir, is negotiating to sell two projects for as yet unbuilt residential buildings in Martiricos, an urban development in Malaga. One building would have flats for direct sale, while the other would be used as rental housing.

The 460 new flats will be the target of a total investment of around 240 million euros.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Savills Aguirre Newman Suggests that Málaga Must Double Its Supply of Student Housing

29 August 2019

Málaga currently has 1,200 places for non-residential students, according to Savills Aguirre Newman. The consultancy believes that the city needs to double that figure. At the moment, developers are working on six new projects, with a total of 900 new places, to be ready by 2022.

The University of Malaga has around 35,000 students, including full-time and part-time, and many of them come from other parts of Spain or even abroad. The recent long-term increase in residential rates is beginning to deter some people from carrying out their studies in the city.

Original Story: La Opinión de Málaga – José Antonio Sau

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner