La Generalitat Resumes the Auction of Various Rental Homes in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

12 June 2019 – El Confidencial

La Generalitat de Cataluña is resuming the public auction of a rental home portfolio for which it hopes to obtain proceeds €6.2 million, having applied a discount of 20% to the asking price last year (€7.7 million).

The assets in the portfolio are all located in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) on Calle Ciencies 15-23, next to Plaza Europa and the Gran Vía 2 shopping centre. They comprise 16 homes, 2 commercial premises, 23 parking spaces with storerooms plus 3 terraced single-family homes located in the urbanisation behind that building on Calles Mileva Maric 33 and 49 and Hanna Arendt, 3. In total, the assets have a combined surface area of 2,448 m2 and are leased almost in their entirety, with just one home and the commercial premises vacant.

The assets are owned by Fira 2000, in which the Catalan government holds a 50%, alongside the Town Halls of Barcelona and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

The deadline for bids is 22 July and the online auction will be held on 29 July through Addmeet.  

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Mercadona Buys Another 136,000 m2 of Land in Parc Sagunt for €16.6M

13 June 2019 – Valencia Plaza

Mercadona is continuing to buy up land in Parc Sagunt (Valencia). The supermarket company has formalised the purchase of 6 more plots of land spanning 136,000 m2 on the industrial and logistics park for €16.6 million.

The aim of this purchase is to expand the logistics facilities that the company led by Juan Roig is currently building on the largest plot in the complex, which spans more than 350,000 m2.

The latest plots to be acquired are located next to the other plots that the supermarket giant purchased in 2017 and will house auxiliary services.

Original story: Valencia Plaza (by Xavi Moret)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Blackstone Finalises the Purchase of Torre Tarragona from UBS

5 June 2019 – Cinco Días

The US fund Blackstone is negotiating the purchase of Torre Tarragona in Barcelona from UBS, according to several sources in the sector. The deal looks set to become the third major operation in the city’s office market this year after Naturgy sold its headquarters to Colonial and Telefónica sold its Diagonal 00 property to Emperador.

UBS Global Asset Management acquired Torre Tarragona in 2015 for €72 million from Omega Capital, the family office owed by Alicia Koplowitz. Now, having invested €10 million in a comprehensive renovation, the Swiss bank is hoping to sell the property for between €100 million and €110 million.

Torre Tarragona is located close to the Sants train station in the Catalan capital and spans a surface area of 18,150m2 spread over 19 floors. It has 250 parking spaces and its main tenant is Pepsico, together with other companies, such as the technological firm Acens (a subsidiary of Telefónica), Quercus and the laboratory Gentic.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Starwood Finalises the Purchase of 5 Buildings from Oaktree for €150M

4 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Starwood is finalising the purchase of four office buildings in Madrid and one in Barcelona from Oaktree and the German company Freo for €150 million in total.

Together the five buildings span a surface area of 78,428 m2 and have 1,323 parking spaces. They are currently leased to a number of companies, such as Indra, BBVA, Air France KLM and Hoist Finances, amongst others.

Specifically, the properties are located on Calle Julián Camarillo, numbers 4 and 6, Avenida de Manoteras, 44 and Valportillo Primera, 13 in Madrid; and on Calle Samontà in Sant Joan Despí in Barcelona.

The US fund is teaming up with the Spanish real estate company Drago Capital, as it continues to strengthen its position in Spain. In recent months, the alliance has purchased assets worth €400 million.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Savills: Spain willl have 260,524 m2 of New Innovative Commercial Space in 2019

3 June 2019 – La Vanguardia

According to the latest edition of the Retail Report Spain, compiled by Savills Aguirre Newman, Spain will see the addition of new innovative commercial space spanning 260,524 m2 this year, where 10 new shopping centres are going to be developed.

In addition, the real estate consultancy forecasts that shopping centres worth up to €2.5 billion could be put up for sale, including Intu’s portfolio comprising four shopping centres, which are worth c. €1 billion. The pipeline also includes other non-prime shopping centres and portfolios of supermarkets and hypermarkets.

Nevertheless, the report forecasts that investment levels in 2019 will be lower than in the previous two years, as many overseas investors, particularly those from the UK and USA, adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach to the Spanish market in light of the slow-down in the world economy and the boom in e-commerce.

In this way, demand is expected to focus on small convenience centres, particularly those linked to supermarkets, and prime and secondary retail parks that are not so affected by e-commerce.

Original story: La Vanguardia

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Silicius Sells an Office Building in the Centre of Madrid

3 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Silicius has taken another step in its strategy to debut on the stock market. The Socimi owned by Mazabi has sold an office building in the centre of Madrid to an investment vehicle created by Tenigla Real Estate for more than €9 million. The property spans a surface area of 3,648 m2 and is leased in its entirety to several tenants.

To undertake this purchase, Tenigla has created an investment vehicle together with several private investors. Following the operation, the company now has €90 million in assets under management.

Ahead of its debut on the MAB, Silicius is planning to create a portfolio worth €740 million by the end of 2019. Currently, the Socimi owns 17 assets worth €160 million, which generate annual income of more than €8 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Grosvenor Buys its First Office Building in Spain

3 June 2019 – Expansión

The British real estate firm Grosvenor has made its debut in the office market in Spain with the acquisition of a building in the La Moraleja business park (Madrid) for an undisclosed sum. The property is located on Avenida de Europa, 19 and spans 22,000 m2.

Grosvenor returned to the Spanish real estate market in 2017 with the purchase of an 820 m2 plot of land on Calle Jorge Juan, 53 (Madrid) on which it is constructing a luxury residential development with views over the Retiro Park.

Since then it has been expanding its residential portfolio and is currently working on four projects in Madrid: La Esquina de General Arrando, Modesto Lafuente 26, García de Paredes 4 and Jorge Juan 53.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Navarra’s Regional Gov’t Invests €15M in the Purchase of Industrial Land

23 May 2019 – El Español

The Regional Government of Navarra is going to invest €15.2 million in various industrial estates across the autonomous region, through the public company Nasuvinsa, with the aim of “supporting several companies that need to develop land to expand their production capacity”.

The action plan will involve the development and marketing of 309,123 m2 of industrial land in seven areas, specifically, in the Pamplona region as well as in the towns of Arakil, Arguedas, Cascante (or Monteagudo), Lodosa and Lumbier. It will also see the construction of an industrial warehouse in the Sakana area for its subsequent rental.

Industrial reactivation

The Navarran Government is going to develop the land and infrastructure necessary for all seven projects through Nasuvinsa, with a cash injection that will not only encourage the economic reactivation of the areas and the creation of employment, but which will also represent a return to making public investments economically viable.

Original story: El Español 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

AENA Activates its RE Plan in Palma, Málaga, Valencia & Sevilla

23 May 2019 -. ABC 

AENA is going to become the largest property developer in Spain over the next few years, having launched four real estate mega-projects at its airports in Palma de Mallorca, Málaga, Valencia and Sevilla, in addition to those already underway in Madrid and Barcelona. The airport manager is now looking to engage a consultant to help it decide the uses that will be assigned to the land that it owns in the vicinity of the four airports.

According to sources, AENA and the private partner will identify which plots are “potentially marketable” and will plan their development together. This process will take around a year, with AENA planning to dedicate the first six months to the development of the airports in Palma de Mallorca and Málaga-Costa del Sol, and the second six months to the airports in Sevilla-San Pablo and Valencia.

Madrid and Barcelona

These projects will join those already announced by the company led by Maurici Lucena for the vicinity of Barajas and El Prat airports in Madrid and Barcelona, respectively. There, AENA is planning to build offices, hotels and logistics hubs. In the Spanish Capital, the company is planning to develop up to 2.2 million m2 of land, whilst in the Catalan capital, that figure amounts to 1.1 million m2.

Original story: ABC (by Guillermo Ginés)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

VGP Invests €22M in 2 Logistics Platforms in Cheste (Valencia)

15 May 2019 – Levante EMV

The Czech group VGP has announced that it is going to invest €22 million in the construction of two latest-generation logistics platforms on plots spanning 75,000 m2 in Cheste. The logistics platforms will span 15,000 m2 and 26,000 m2, respectively, and the projects are expected to create around 400 new jobs.

The logistics industrial estate in Cheste is enjoying a boom in recent times driven, in particular, by the Lidl logistics platform. It sits within the first logistics ring of Valencia and has direct access to the Manises airport, as well as to the Port of Valencia.

VGP will add these assets in Cheste to the other sites that it is already developing in Spain, including VGP Park San Fernando de Henares, VGP Park Lliçà d’Amunt, VGP Park Fuenlabrada and VGP Park Zaragoza, which together span 360,000 m2.

Original story: Levante EMV (by Ramón Ferrando)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake