9 October 2017 – Eje Prime
La Liga is hoping to receive a bonus before Christmas. The football league association will complete its move to a new corporate headquarters before December and so plans to complete the sale of its current offices during the final stretch of 2017 or beginning of 2018, according to Palco23. The football clubs’ delegated commission approved the sale of the building at the beginning of the year and has now commissioned the valuation of the building before it puts it on the market: €3.52 million.
The valuation has been performed by an independent third party and has forced the entity chaired by Javier Tebas to recognise a loss amounting to €1.04 million. That is because the price that has been assigned to the property, located at number 10 Calle Hernández de Tejada, is lower than its net book value in the accounts.
The building has a surface area of just over 1,100 m2 and La Liga tried to squeeze into the various floors as it continued to grow. Nevertheless, two years ago, the association decided to rent some additional offices around the corner, and in the end, has decided to concentrate all of its activity in a single building, located just 800m away from the historical headquarters.
As such, the association that represents first and second division clubs will occupy four of the seven floors in Edificio Murano, located at number 60 Calle Torrelaguna. That building is owned by the real estate group Hispania, which has secured the occupation of more than 50% of the property’s surface area (7,574.6 m2) thanks to Spanish football.
The move will not only result in an improvement in the conditions of the 158 workers that La Liga employs, it will also allow the body to offer a more modern image. Compared to the antiquated facilities at Hernández de Tejada, the new headquarters will be located in a glass building with views of Avenida de América and Calle Arturo Soria.
The office market in Madrid
The office market is one of the most active in the Spanish real estate sector. During the first six months of the year, 275,037m2 of office space was leased in the capital, a very similar figure to that recorded during the first half of 2016. According to the real estate consultancy Aguirre Newman, activity has been improving throughout the 6 months.
Another significant feature in the market has been the recovery of large volume operations: 25 deals were signed for spaces spanning more than 3,000 m2, which accounted for 42% of the total volume of operations closed. Those figures include La Liga’s new building on Calle Torrelaguna.
The overall office availability rate in the market in Madrid has decreased significantly over the last six months, from 11.4% in January 2017 to 10.8% in July 2017, as the volume of available space decreased by more than 74,000 m2.
In terms of prices, during the first half of the year, average rents grew in all areas, to reach an average half-year a rise of 3.9%. The average rental cost in the capital’s business district rose to €28.94/m2/month, whilst average rents in the peripheral areas amounted to €12.61/m2/month.
The most significant increases in rental prices by area were recorded in the central business district, with an average rise of 7.7% in six months. That mainly occurred as a result of a change in companies’ requirements, since they are now prioritising location and building quality over rental cost.
Original story: Eje Prime (by M. Menchén and C. Pareja)
Translation: Carmel Drake