Gazeley Finalises the Construction of a Warehouse Spanning 37,000 sqm in Toledo

The G-Park Illescas platform has been designed to accommodate the activity of logistics, e-commerce and distribution companies.

The property developer Gazeley has completed the construction of a 37,000-square-metre industrial warehouse in Illescas (Toledo), which is available for immediate occupation. The G-Park Illescas platform has been designed to house the activity of logistics, e-commerce and distribution companies.

The platform has a free height of 11.7 meters and motion sensors that allow for the remote control of the building. The warehouse also has more than 250 private parking spaces for cars and 20 spaces for trucks. The Director of Gazeley Spain, Oscar Heras, said: “We have made significant progress with the expansion of our portfolio in order to meet the growing demand from logistics customers.”

Talinda Investments to Revitalise the Puerta de Toledo Shopping Centre

8 November 2019 – Talinda Investments, the new owner of the Puerta de Toledo shopping centre located in the municipality of Olías del Rey, is looking to renovate and upgrade the facility. The firm expects to create 150 new jobs in the process.

The firm added that it hopes to vitalise the area, investing in local commerce, providing added value to the community, in addition to generating employment opportunities.

The government in Toledo has recently focused on attracting businesses willing to invest in the region, with a particular eye towards creating jobs.

Original Story: CLM 24

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Grupo Nyesa Begins Sale of 20,000-m2 Portfolio of Homes

15 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Grupo NYESA is selling a portfolio of flats and villas in Valencia, Madrid, Toledo, Cantabria, Murcia and Extremadura, with more than 20,000 m2 of constructed surface area. The properties include apartments, modern single-family homes, charming houses, penthouses. Prices range from 25,000 to more than 230,000 euros.

Original Story: Idealista

Aquila Capital Acquires Land for Logistics Platform in Toledo

25 June 2019

Aquila Capital, a subsidiary of the German group Aquila Management Corporation, took a position in the Spanish logistics sector through its acquisition of 50 hectares in Illescas, Toledo.

Aquila’s real estate developer, AQ Acentor, signed the agreement with the temporary joint venture formed by Urban Castilla La Mancha and Plataforma Central Iberum Gestión de Proyectos. The developer will build a logistics platform on the land, with construction slated to begin in 2020.

Original Story: La Vanguardia

GreenOak Reaches Deal to Acquire Logistics Platform in Toledo

29 April 2019 – El Confidencial

GreenOak has once again launched an initiative to acquire logistics assets in Spain. The fund founded by John Carrafield has reached an agreement with Pavasal to acquire 40,000-square-meter project it recently in Seseña, Toledo. Pavasal acquired the land on which it will build a 30,000-square-meter warehouse and will sell the finalized project to GreenOak in the middle of the coming year.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Translation: Richard D. Turner

 

Merlin to Invest €500M to Double its Logistics Portfolio

15 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Merlin Properties is also joining the logistics boom. The real estate company is preparing a new development plan for warehouses and storerooms to double its existing logistics portfolio in Spain and Portugal over the next four years. The objective of the company is to incorporate an additional 1 million m2 into its portfolio in this sector with an investment of €500 million, according to reports from Cinco Días.

The real estate company, which forms part of the Ibex 35, already owns logistics platforms spanning 1.1 million m2, spaces that are leased to various operators in the sector. Currently, Merlin is developing the so-called plan Best II, scheduled for 2021, with the construction of 500,000 m2 of logistics space in Madrid, Guadalajara and Toledo, and it is already working on Best III, which sources at the company explain will add another 500,000 m2 by 2023, in that case also on land in Portugal.

With the construction of these warehouses, Merlin’s objective is to diversify its portfolio and improve its yield, given that these types of assets offer a higher return. Currently, the Socimi owns assets worth €11.8 billion, of which €780 million correspond to logistics properties, accounting for just 6.7% of the portfolio.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Patrizia is On The Hunt for New Purchases in Bilbao, Sevilla & Valencia

10 December 2018 – Eje Prime

Patrizia Immobilien is confirming its interest in the Iberian real estate market. The German investment manager, which has been present in Spain and Portugal since 2015, has set itself the short-term objective of entering Bilbao, Sevilla, Valencia and Oporto, through the purchase of new assets, according to comments made by Borja Goday, the Director General of the company in the Iberian Peninsula, speaking to Eje Prime.

Until now, the company has invested €870 million in total in real estate in the Spanish and Portuguese markets. Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga and Lisbon are the cities in which Patrizia is already present, “with minimum investments of €15 million but where that figure could exceed €500 million if the operation is worth it”, explained the executive.

In fact, the manager participated in the process to acquire one of the office buildings that comprise the Cuatro Torres Business Area in Madrid. Moreover, the company not only invests in the office segment, it is also committed to other markets such as the residential, retail, hotel, logistics and alternative asset segments (including student halls, complexes for the elderly and parking spaces).

Currently, Patrizia’s asset portfolio in Spain includes Serrano 90, located on Madrid’s golden mile and Gran Vía 21, also in the Spanish capital, which houses a hotel and a retail premise. Nevertheless, the latest major operation by the manager on the peninsula was the purchase of an industrial plot spanning 66,424 m2 in Toledo for €37.5 million. The other three logistics platforms that the company owns in Spain are located in Madrid and Barcelona.

Patrizia and its great interest in Spanish property

With its headquarters in Madrid and a staff of eleven, Patrizia arrived in Spain just three years ago. “At the end of 2017, we purchased Triuva and Rockspring, two companies that already owned assets on the peninsula”, explained Goday, who added that “the rapid growth of the group in both the Spanish and Portuguese markets is due to those two acquisitions”.

“Spain is still an attractive market, we still have demand and that is why we are launching new operations on such a frequent basis”, said the director. Since the beginning of the year, the manager has been on the hunt for capital from Spanish institutional investors, although, as Goday explains, it is not an easy task, since “they do not invest from one day to the next”.

One of Patrizia’s other plans on the peninsula is to strengthen its presence in the rental market. “It is a segment that we like a lot and for that reason, if we find an appropriate residential or office building, then we would not rule out buying it”, explained the executive. Nor does the group rule out alliances with Socimis or the acquisition of a property developer to grow in the Spanish residential sector. In this sense, Goday says that “a good opportunity has not presented itself yet” and that “it would all depend on the quality and location of the land that they own”.

Patrizia is currently present in more than twenty European countries, including, besides Spain and Portugal, important markets such as Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg. The group’s main focus of activity is Germany, where it launched its activity 32 years ago and where it is a listed company (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by B. Seijo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Patrizia Buys a Logistics Asset in Toledo for €37.5M

28 November 2018 – Eje Prime

Patrizia Immobilien AG is gaining financial muscle in the Spanish market. The German fund manager has purchased a space measuring 66,424 m2, divided into two properties, south of Madrid for €37.5 million. With this operation, the company is strengthening another of its key segments in the Spanish real estate market, after launching its first residential project in the country in July 2017.

The latest complex is located in the municipality of Ontígola in Toledo and is leased in its entirety to two tenants: the transport company DHL and the company specialising in logistics for the textile sector Logisfashion. Both groups are expected to begin their activity in the premises during the first half of 2019.

Patrizia has acquired this logistics unit through its latest fund. In fact, it is the seventh fund that the company has launched in Europe with the aim of buying real estate assets, in particular in the segment for offices, industrial assets and residential properties.

“This operation underlines the company’s commitment to the Spanish logistics sector, which is experiencing one of its best ever moments due to the boost from e-commerce and the shortage of good-quality assets”, said Eduardo Roza, Head of Operations at Patrizia in Spain, in a statement.

Currently, the group manages four logistics properties located in Madrid and Barcelona, spanning more than 200,000 m2 in total. In Spain, Patrizia also has a portfolio of residential rental assets worth €1 billion. The company has its headquarters in Spain in Madrid, where it employs a workforce of fourteen.

The group is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany and was founded in 1984 by its current CEO, Wolfgang Egger. Patrizia Immobilien is one of the largest real estate investment management entities in Europe. The company controls a real estate portfolio worth €19.5 billion with assets located across more than fifteen countries in the Old Continent.

The company operates as a strategic investment advisor, both for large institutional investors (insurance companies, pension funds, sovereign funds, savings banks and credit cooperatives), as well as for domestic and international investors.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Berta Seijo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Mountpark to Invest €30M in a Macro-Warehouse for XPO in Toledo

23 October 2018 – Eje Prime

A new macro-operation is on the cards for Plataforma Central Iberum. The logistics developer Mountpark is going to invest €30 million in the development of this enclave to the south of Madrid in an asset measuring 44,000 m2 for XPO Logistics. In turn, the logistics operator has already agreed to rent the space to a large fashion chain, according to explanations provided to Eje Prime by the Director General of Mountpark for Spain and Portugal, John Derweduwe.

This warehouse is being promoted under the turnkey model and it is scheduled for completion and opening in June 2019. The latest-generation asset is going to be located 35 km from Madrid, in the municipality of Illescas, in Toledo. The real estate consultancy Estrada&Partners has been responsible for advising this operation.

The future tenant of the warehouse of Mountpark and XPO, is going to be the Swedish fashion retailer H&M, which will use the platform for its e-commerce logistics. The boom in e-commerce is also the reason why other overseas giants have also set up shop in Plataforma Central Iberum, which has converted the park and its surrounding area into the new prime axis of the real estate logistics market in the centre of the country.

Mountpark is entering a platform where Amazon, Airbus, Michelin and Toyota, amongst others, are already present. Located on a plot spanning more than 3.5 million m2, Plataforma Central Iberum is also the largest eco-industrial park in Spain.

The platform that it is building for XPO will not be the only one that Mountpark is promoting in this park. The company owns a second plot measuring 89,000 m2 in Illescas for which it is currently finalising a rental agreement with a high-profile domestic retailer.

“This project is just the start of an ambitious future for Mountpark in Spain” highlighted Derweduwe. The director, formerly the Vice-President and Administrator of Prologis Spain between 2002 and 2006, is “heavily committed to the south of Madrid”, where he plans to constitute a “significant” land bank to be able to respond to “the new logistics needs of the 21st century”, added the executive.

Specialising in the construction of so-called XXL assets (those spanning a surface area of more than 40,000 m2), Mountpark already owns a 99,000 m2 plot in Alcalá de Henares and is working on another land bank spanning several million square metres.

Changing trend in Madrid

Regarding the arrival of giants such as Amazon to Illescas, Derweduwe points to the “saturation” of the Corredor de Henares thoroughfare, which is leading to a “change of trend” in which the province of Toledo is gaining a lot of notoriety due to its proximity to Madrid and because “being located in Castilla-La Mancha also has benefits for tenants”, said the executive.

As well as the central area, Mountpark is also looking “seriously” at Cataluña and Valencia (…).

The parent company of the Iberian subsidiary led by Derweduwe is Mountpark Logistics, a joint venture between Usaa Realco-Europe Holdcom, the Dutch subsidiary of Usaa Real Estate, and Mountpark Finco Sarl (Mountpark). The joint venture promotes large logistics buildings all over Europe, but with the focus primarily on the United Kingdom, Western Europe and Central Europe. Mountpark has a portfolio comprising 16 assets with the potential to offer logistics facilities spanning more than 1.85 million m2 in the continental market.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Jabier Izquierdo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Gazeley Purchases a 75,000 m2 Industrial Plot in Toledo

19 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Gazeley has returned to the Spanish market. The logistics warehouse and distribution park investor and developer group has acquired a 75,000 m2 plot in the Toledo town of Illescas on which it will build a 36,000 m2 warehouse. The company is planning to complete the project in 2019.

Moreover, the company has opened new offices in Madrid. Oscar Heras, Construction Director at Gazeley, will assume the role of Director of the subsidiary Gazeley España, which, until now, has stayed away from Spanish real estate activity after selling all of its assets in the country in 2016.

Then, the company was going through a bad time: it had accumulated more than 1.5 million m2 in more than a dozen platforms. Moreover, that same year, the Spanish subsidiary recorded a net profit of more than €16 million, which it used to offset losses from previous years, exceeding €11 million.

Now they are back, because, according to Heras, “it is a time when there is more demand for logistics warehouses than ever”. The company’s intention is to continue growing in Spain.

In Europe, Gazeley has a portfolio of assets spanning 17 million m2, concentrated in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands and leased (96%) to clients such as Amazon, UPS and Volkswagen. The company forms part of the GLP group, which is listed on the Singapore stock market, with more than $50 billion in assets under management.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake