Spain’s Ministry of Defence to Make a Third Attempt to Auction Off Assets in Alcalá de Henares

30 September 2019 – Spain’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) will attempt to auction off a series of real estate assets for the third time, as the first two auctions failed to raise any investor interest.

The Spanish government announced the sale in its Official State Gazette and through Addmeet, a real estate auction portal the government has often used in the past.

The fifteen assets on auction include fifteen plots of land with a total of 85,000 square meters of finalist land in Alcalá de Henares, on the outskirts of Madrid. The MOD requested a total of 75 million euros in the first auction and then reduced that to €68 million in the second. That second auction failed to attract any bidders, so the MOD will attempt two additional auctions, if necessary, reducing the price by 10% and then an additional 15%. Should the sale go to a fourth auction the sales price would fall by a total of 25% to 56 million euros.

The MOD will auction the fifteen lots separately. The plots of land are located in Colonia Ciudad del Aire, next to the Parque Los Nogales urbanisation, on which a developer could build 800 to 1,000 homes.  The plots have buildable areas ranging from 3,000 to 7,500 m2, with prices between 2 and 5 million euros.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Elena Sanz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

 

 

 

Ministry of Defence Puts Several Plots up for Sale in Madrid for €75M

10 June 2019 – Eje Prime

The Ministry of Defence is putting several plots of land up for sale on Calle Isaac Peral, 32, in Madrid, for €75 million. The deadline for bids is 3 September, and the auction will be held a fortnight later.

The plots are for residential use and the largest one has a buildability of 7,462 m2 with an asking price of €6.6 million. The smallest plot has a buildability of 3,000 m2 and an asking price of €2.6 million.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Dedir Clínica Buys the Site of the Former Hospital del Aire in Madrid for €22.6M

11 March 2019 – Planta Doce

The Ministry of Defence has completed the sale of the plots of land on Calle Arturo Soria in Madrid that used to house the Hospital del Aire until 2004. The buyer is Dedir Clínica, owned by Welldone Investment, which has paid €22.6 million for the site. The group also owns the building where the Hospital Quirón Palmaplanas is located in Palma de Mallorca.

The plots of land in Madrid have a surface area of almost 30,000 m2 and are currently dedicated to public use, although that status may be changed to private or residential use. The hospital that previously stood on the site was demolished in 2004 and the land is currently in disuse.

Original story: Planta Doce

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Plans are Reactivated for Málaga’s 2,847-Home Urbanisation

8 Noviembre 2018 – Diario Sur

The 170 owners of the Rojas-Santa Tecla sector are working on the preparation of a project comprising 2,847 homes and a golf course.

After years weighed down by judicial lawsuits, which resulted in sentences that forced the review of the steps taken until then to approve it, the project to build the largest urbanisation in Málaga over the coming years is being reactivated. The board comprising its 170 owners, including individuals, as well as Unicaja, the real estate firm Altamira, the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Defence, has published plans for the reparcelation of the sector known as Rojas-Santa Tecla, a complex of plots located to the north of the Benítez camp and to the west of the Carretera de Churriana, which measures 1,488,269 m2.

The plans include the construction of 2,847 homes on the site, which will be lined with new roads, which will run across the land surrounded by the population nuclei of Monsálvez, El Olivar and El Cortijo de Maza. The homes will be grouped around a golf course, which will have a surface area of 450,000 m2, spread over six sectors and will offer at least 18 holes.

According to the urban plan approved by the municipal plenary in March last year, this action will also have two plots for commercial use – one on the border with Torremolinos, on the other side of the motorway, and another to the north of the plots comprising the Benítez camp – which span 30,115 m2; a golf club on land measuring 3,000 m2; sports facilities on a surface area spanning 22,784 m2; social areas (24,207 m2); and school facilities (45,690 m2). Similarly, 330,353 m2 will be reserved for green space and 244,172 m2 for roads. The sector is crossed by a stream and by a cattle track that is free from buildings, although 29 homes currently exist on it, whose future will have to be analysed as a result of the development of this urbanisation, which will maintain the houses located around El Camino del Pilar.

€60 million

Proof of the size of this project is that the urbanisation work alone is expected to cost around €60 million, including the external charges that its developers will have to bear, the construction of the roads and the creation of the golf course. Nevertheless, several procedures will need to be completed before the construction work can begin, given that now is when the approval of the sectoristion plan is going to be launched, advised by the law firm Ius Urbis on the legal side and by the architectural studio HCP on the technical side. Approval from the Urban Planning Management department also remains pending, although it is currently being drafted.

Nevertheless, the large number of owners in the sector makes the execution of the project very challenging, and so its effective development will depend on what a property developer with sufficient economic capacity to undertake a project of this magnitude does with most of the urban planning rights.

Original story: Diario Sur (by Jesús Hinojosa)

Translation: Carmel Drake

A Businessman from Benalmádena Buys the Military Government Building for €4.5M

18 October 2018 – Diario Sur

The former Military Government building, located at number 6 Paseo de la Farola, no longer belongs to the Ministry of Defence. On 24 September, the deed of sale was signed before a notary whereby this property, constructed in the 1950s and in disuse since the early 1990s, will pass into the hands of a company linked to the Benalmádena-based businessman Antonio González, owner of the 5-star Vincci Aleysa hotel and the Don Gustavo tourist apartments. The Ministry of Defence put the building up for auction for €5 million last year but did not receive any bids for it in the first or second rounds. As such, the lot was opened up to the option of being acquired directly by any interested party at the asking price established in the second round of the auction, and that is what happened in the end.

The property has been purchased for €4,538,987 by the aforementioned businessman behind the Hotel Aleysa in Benalmádena, who has still not explained what he is going to use the building for (…). The property spans a surface area of 2,438 m2, distributed over four floors (the ground and first  floors measure 631.12 m2 each; the second floor spans 597.11 m2 and the third floor measures 202.66 m2) and stands on a plot measuring 1,063 m2, which is classified as for community use, which means that it cannot be used for residential, hotel, commercial or office purposes, unless a modification of the urban development plans can be carried out to modify the use of the plot.

Sources close to the new owner of the property (….) indicate that it is very possible that the building will be renovated and turned into a high-end nursing home for the elderly, in the form of sheltered housing with the corresponding medical and social support. “We think that this is a very good location for that”, said the sources, who admitted that this option would avoid the need to undergo any urban development processes, which could take at least a year and which would force the businessmen to establish some kind of economic or land compensation for the loss of a community space for the city. Another option could be to dedicate the property for use as a private clinic relating to the world of aesthetics and wellbeing, in which other businessmen are also interested.

Plans

In any case, the intention of the new owner of the Military Government building is to define his plans over the coming months so that the building can be used once again (…).

Original story: Diario Sur (by Jesús Hinojosa)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Carmena Invites Ministry of Development to Reactivate Operación Campamento with 11,500 Homes

25 September 2018 – El Confidencial

The mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, announced today that she has invited the Ministry of Development to reactivate Operación Campamento, originally proposed in 2005, to be built on disused military land in the south-west of the capital, with the construction of 11,150 homes instead of the 22,100 units projected by the PP initially. This is one of the last remaining urban development projects in Madrid, together with the developments in the southeast of the city and Operación Chamartín, which received initial approval from the Town Hall of Madrid last week.

In April 2015, the Ministry of Defence – the owner of the plots – announced their sale through an online public auction on Addmeet, but in the end, the operation was left hanging. Then, as El Confidencial reported, the asking price for the plots – through the public auction process – amounted to between €200 million and €250 million.

Now, three years later, and with the urbanisation process underway for Madrid Nuevo Norte (MNN) – the new name for Operación Chamartín – Carmena seems to be willing to place enough land on the market to try to put a stop to the sharp rise in prices, both in the purchase and rental markets, that the capital has experienced over the last two years and which has also led Carmena herself to propose to the central Government a moratorium or an automatic extension of the rental contracts that are due to terminate before the Urban Lease Law (LAU) is reformed.

Manuela Carmena made this announcement during her opening speech in the debate over the state of the city, in which she vindicated the Government’s actions in urban planning and its willingness to put a stop to the inequality that exists between the north and the south of the city (…).

As already happened with MNN, where the total buildability was reduced by 21% – from 3.37 million m2 in the previous plan to 2.66 million m2 in the current plan – along with the number of homes – from 18,500 to 10,510, mostly social housing properties – the operation will not go ahead at any price and, according to Carmena’s comments, the total buildability would also be reduced in this new Operación Campamento and the construction of public housing would be strengthened.

Operación Campamento in numbers

Designed on plots of land owned by the state, the Town Hall wants to build 11,150 homes, of which 40% will be private – 4,150 -, 37% will be social housing properties with limited prices – 3,800 – , and 23% will be social housing properties, of which 1,100 will be rental homes.

So-called Operación Campamento was launched in 2005 with the signing of an agreement between the then Minister of Defence, José Bono, and Minister for Housing, María Antonia Trujillo, and the then mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, for the construction of two phases of up to 22,100 homes on this disused military site to the west of the Spanish capital. Even though today, around half of the homes should have already been built, not a single brick has been laid.

Despite the strategic location of the plots, the reality is that only the Chinese businessman Wang Jianlin, owner of the Wanda group, publically announced his intention to undertake the €3 billion investment on them. That offer never came to fruition because the auction never went ahead (…).

Operación Campamento is one of the most important residential developments in Madrid capital after Operación Chamartín. It spans 1.5 million m2 – with more than 1 million m2 of buildable space – on which offices, hotels, shopping centres, private and public housing, as well as sports facilities and schools could be built. Moreover, the operation would include placing part of the highway to Extremadura (the A-5) underground as well as the construction of a transport interchange at the Aviación Española metro station, where a parking lot is planned for around 2,000 vehicles.

Original story: El Confidencial (by E.S.)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Realia Buys Land & Reactivates Its Property Development Business

12 March 2018 – Expansión

Realia, the real estate firm controlled by Carlos Slim (pictured below), has acquired a plot of land in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), with a buildable surface area of 44,755 m2, from the Ministry of Defence for €27.5 million. This is the first land acquisition that the company has undertaken since the Mexican magnate took control of the entity, and sees it join the wave of investments that companies in this segment are making in land in light of the reactivation of the sector, reports Europa Press.

In the case of Realia, the land purchase forms part of the reactivation of its construction and house sale activities, which it had suspended, firstly due to the crisis and, subsequently due to the process to restructure and clean-up the company. In this way, it is going to allocate this land to undertaking one of its first three housing developments. The other two, which are going to be built on the portfolio of land that the company already owns are located in Sabadell (Barcelona) and Palma de Mallorca.

Strategy

Realia’s strategy to resume its property development activity involves analysing new build construction projects in “areas where demand is consistent and the supply is very low or new”, such as specific areas of Madrid and Barcelona and “certain other places with the same market characteristics”, according to a statement made by the firm in its annual report for 2017.

That is one of the company’s main objectives for 2018, together with the improvement in margins through the streamlining and optimisation of expenses, and the recovery of prices.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Ministry of Defence Puts 2 Plots in Madrid & Málaga Up for Auction for €30M

19 February 2018 – Eje Prime

The Ministry of Defence is continuing to divest land in Spain. The government agency has decided to put two more plots up for auction, one in Madrid and one in Málaga, for €30 million. The operation has been published on Addmeet and the auction will take place in April.

The first of the assets is located at number 82 Calle Arturo Soria, in Ciudad Lineal (Madrid). That plot has a surface area of 6,438 m2 and a buildable area of 23,861 m2. The typology of the land, which will go on the market for a price of approximately €25 million, is for equipment, according to explanations provided by sources at the platform for real estate auctions.

The second plot is located in Málaga, in the Hacienda Cabello neighbourhood, and will go up for auction for €4.4 million. The future owner of that land, which has a surface area of 6,270m2, may construct a residential building on the site, measuring more than 8,750 m2.

Last October, the Ministry of Defence sold two residential plots in Madrid. The auction of that land, located in Vicálvaro and Alcalá de Henares, generated revenues of €43 million for the Ministry.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Ministry of Defence has Earned €28M from Property Sales since 2012

10 December 2017 – El Economista

The Ministry of Defence has obtained proceeds amounting to €28,382,264.77 in total (since 2012) from the sale of several properties that had been left in disuse in various Spanish autonomous regions and provinces.

That figure is reflected in a response from the Ministry (to which Servimedia has had access) to a question posed by the socialist members of parliament Miguel Ángel Heredia and Zaida Cantera to find out how much money has been obtained from the auction and sale of Ministry buildings from 2012 to date.

In its response, the Ministry of Defence explains that on 25 April 2012, it auctioned a building in Tarifa (Cádiz) that had housed a Residential Property for Non-Commissioned Officers for €1,408,676.99.

Meanwhile, on 5 November 2013, the Ministry sold the building that had housed the Armies’ Cultural Centre along with the property that hosted the Janer Naval Shooting School, both in Cádiz, for €881,880.22 and €6,754,907.15, respectively.

In turn, on 2 July 2015, the Ministry auctioned the building in which the ‘Son Simonet’ barracks used to be located, for €5,550,000; whilst on 5 November of the same year, it auctioned the headquarters of the Residential building for Non-Commissioned Officers in Palma de Mallorca for €6,311,003.07. Finally, on 2 December 2017, it sold a property located on Calle Velázquez, 107, in Madrid (pictured above) for €7,475,797.34.

Original story: El Economista

Translation: Carmel Drake

Realia & Pryconsa Buy Two Plots Of Land From Ministry Of Defence

5 October 2017 – Expansión

The incessant drip feeding of operations in Madrid involving the purchase of land on which to build homes is continuing. In this case, the stars have been the real estate companies Realia, controlled by Carlos Slim, and Pryconsa, owned by the Colomer family. The plots were put up for sale by the Ministry of Defence in July for a combined sum of €40 million.

The first is a plot for residential use, located on the outskirts of Alcalá de Henares. Measuring 14,395 m2 and with a buildable surface area of 44,755 m2, the asking price amounted to €27 million, according to the real estate portal Addmeet. In the end, Realia paid €27.524 million for the plot.

The second plot sparked even more interest. Located in Vicálvaro and measuring 13,723m2, it has a buildable surface area of 19,000 m2. The Ministry of Defence put that plot up for sale for €12.6 million. In the end, the plot was awarded to Pryconsa for more than €15.12 million, almost 20% more than the original asking price.

Original story: Expansión (by R. Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake