Melburg closes 560,000 sq ft off-market Wakefield double

Following the acquisition of the 350,000 sq ft Sirdar Business Park, Melburg Capital Ltd [Melburg] announce the off-market acquisition of Wakefield 41, a 210,000 sq ft single-let industrial asset located within Wakefield’s premier industrial park.

The deal was agreed with a private family office, Melburg’s ninth acquisition within the last 12 months, taking their total spend to over £850m as the highly discreet privately owned real estate investment and development company continues to increase its logistics’ presence.

The unit is single let to YM Chantry, part of the York Mail Group for a further 13 years and subject to RPI linked rent reviews. The price reflects a net initial yield of approximately 8.50%. The unit is adjacent to junction 41 of the M1 and houses the largest Coca-Cola bottling plant in Europe along with several large-scale occupiers including Morrisons, YPO and Menzies.

Jack Burgess, Chief Executive of Melburg commented; “The asset is located within the most established industrial park in West Yorkshire, where availability remains below 2.8%. The data points are incredibly strong for continued rental growth and supply shortages. We remain committed to selectively deploying capital as our industrial platform, which now exceeds 2 million sq ft, continues its organic growth”

Harris Associates acted on behalf of Melburg. BOS LLP and Freedman + Hilmi LLP provided legal and structuring services.

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Melburg buys 350,000 sq ft multi-let industrial asset in Yorkshire

Melburg Capital has snapped up a 350,000 sq ft multi-let industrial asset in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Property Week can reveal.

Sirdar Business Park is a 16.5-acre site which was sold to Melburg by a private Yorkshire-based family office in an off-market deal. Sirdar Group, a knitting and yarn distributor, occupies 198,000 sq ft at the site, accounting for 55% of the estate by floor area. Sirdar has recently expanded its footprint to facilitate the continued growth of its Sirdar and Tilsatec brands and has occupied the site for more than 30 years.

The estate is fully occupied and let at an average rent of £2.45/sq ft. Melburg said it will “undertake a rolling refurbishment programme as well as several estate management initiatives and in so doing drive the rental tone”.

A spokesperson for Melburg added: “We continue to adopt a data-driven approach, selectively deploying equity into geographies and sectors where there is an acute supply-demand imbalance. The asset has a captive tenant base, lies within one mile of Junction 40 of the M1, within a location with a sub-3% vacancy rate, and was acquired at a 25% discount to residual land value.”

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Melburg buys shopping centre with planning permission for a £100m scheme

Permission was granted for the development of 420 homes in 2019

Melburg Capital is buying a shopping centre on the outskirts of Bristol with planning permission in place for a £100m residential-led scheme, React News can reveal.

The UK investment manager is understood to have agreed a deal to buy Broadwalk Shopping Centre in Knowle out of receivership for around £9.5m.

Located two miles south east of Bristol city centre, the 5.3-acre site is currently dominated by the shopping centre, which comprises around 218,500 sq ft of retail and leisure space.

However, outline planning consent was secured in 2019 to knock down the multi-storey car park and part of the shopping centre to make way for 420 new flats as well as 124,000 sq ft of commercial space.

Broadwalk Shopping Centre is not the only shopping centre in Bristol that looks set to be converted for residential use. Last year, Sovereign Housing Association bought the Clifton Down Shopping Centre from BlackRock for £27.2m with the intention of drawing up plans to develop new housing.

Broadwalk was part of a portfolio of three shopping centres, which also included Belle Vale Shopping Centre in Liverpool and Port Arcades in Ellesmere Port, that Frogmore acquired for more than £130m in 2006.

Administrators at Moorfields Advisory Group were appointed in 2017 over the portfolio following the settlement of a legal dispute between Frogmore and its lender Nationwide, which had sold the loans secured by the centres to Cerberus as part of the Project Carlisle loan portfolio in 2014.

Melburg Capital is no stranger to the Bristol market. The real estate investment and development company already owns the mixed use asset 15-33 Union Street and office development 360 Bristol.

Knight Frank advised on the sale.

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Tenant commits to Wigan industrial asset following sale-and-leaseback

Melburg Capital completes 125,000 sq ft lease re-gear with G2S.

Melburg Capital has completed a substantial lease re-gear with fast-growing domestic appliance importer and distributor G2S at Swan Lane Industrial Estate in Wigan.

G2S occupy 125,000 sq ft, representing 40% of the estate by floor area, following a sale-and-leaseback in Q1 2020. Having occupied since 2013, G2S have now committed to occupation of the estate until 2028.

The re-gear follows a period of exceptional trade for G2S, which has increased turnover from £50m to £80m, a record-breaking year. The company benefited from an exclusive Russell Hobbs license for white goods, microwave and floorcare equipment.

Lewis Moore, finance director at G2S, said: “We’re delighted with the successful period of trade having expanded our operations significantly over the last 12 months. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the Melburg team who really understand our corporate objectives and focus on working collaboratively to support our needs. We’re an aspirational business and anticipate growth in a similar trajectory moving forward.”

A spokesperson for Melburg added: “Depth of demand, limited availability, and a constrained development pipeline continue to drive the UK occupational market. It is fantastic to work alongside G2S, an exceptional business capable of adapting their model to thrive in a difficult period for the wider economy.”

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Melburg Acquires 125,000 sq ft Dartford Industrial Asset in Sale & Leaseback Transaction

Melburg Capital Ltd [Melburg] – the privately-owned real estate investment and development company – announces the off-market acquisition of Maxmor House – a 125,000 sq ft carbon-neutral industrial asset located in Dartford, Kent.

The sale & leaseback acquisition, Melburg’s fifth within the last nine months, was agreed with leading electrical wholesaler, Moss Electrical Ltd, who are headquartered at the premises.

The majority of the site is occupied by Moss Electrical, with the remaining 40,000 sq ft undergoing major refurbishment works comprising new offices, dedicated services and full redecoration. Refurbishment works are due to complete in January 2021 with Knight Frank and Watson Day appointed as joint agents.

Melburg has transacted in excess of £750m over a 36-month period, as the highly discreet UK focused platform continues to add to its strategic programme following the recent acquisition and successful leasing of Swan Lane Industrial Estate, Wigan – another sale and leaseback transaction.

A spokesperson for Melburg commented; “The asset lies within close proximity to the Dartford Crossing, a key logistics interchange hosting over 130,000 vehicles per day, offering direct access to the M25 and Central London. The Government announcement to diversify its import channels places further reliance on Folkestone as an arterial route and therefore Dartford as a key fulfilment centre”.

Melburg completes 150,000 sq ft industrial lettings

Melburg Capital Ltd [Melburg] – the privately-owned real estate investment and development company – announces the completion of a series of national lettings across its UK logistics portfolio totalling in excess of 150,000 sq ft. All deals were transacted within the last 3 months during the UK’s restrictive Lockdown period.

The lettings were at Swan Lane Industrial Estate, Wigan, to domestic appliance producer G2S; and Edmonton Industrial Park, North London, to multiple tenants – whilst Melburg also confirmed 100% of rent was collected across its industrial portfolio throughout 2020.
G2S took the last available unit at the recently re-branded Swan Lane Industrial Estate, completing at a rent in excess of £4.00 psf. Despite the challenging economic conditions G2S continues its North West growth strategy whilst reporting record sales.

Olam Foods, B Star Trading and Clintopia took space within the newly refurbished Edmonton Industrial Park, highlighting strong occupier demand for strategically located high quality Greater London urban logistics space. These lettings reduce the estate’s vacancy rate from 50% to just 16%.

A spokesperson for Melburg commented; “Depth of demand, limited availability and a constrained development pipeline continue to propel the UK industrial occupational market. The recent pandemic has applied further pressure on the logistics and fulfilment network as it tries to satisfy demand from businesses pivoting to e-channels in order to survive.

“On average online spend as a percentage of total consumer spend increases from 20% to 42% during the Christmas period. 2020 will set a historical record, accelerating consumer habits, increasing logistics reliance and creating further headwinds for the ailing High Street”

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Melburg breaks planning record with 110,000 sq ft Bristol City Centre redevelopment consent

[07/04/2020], London: Today, Melburg Capital, the highly discreet privately owned investment specialist announces that planning approval has been granted for their 110,000 sq ft South Plaza office building redevelopment in Bristol City Centre.

The planning consent was granted within 5 weeks of the original application, a record for the local council. Melburg acquired the asset in October 2019 and have since worked in collaboration with the award-winning architectural practice Stride Treglown, creative agency Graphicks and their agents Knight Frank to design the optimal scheme.

The result is the newly branded 360 Bristol, a 110,000 sq ft Grade A office redevelopment incorporating full-service gym, “cycle in” office access, cycling facilities, yoga studio’s, designated cafe and business lounge, all to be delivered by Q3 of 2020.

The Bristol office market is presently experiencing the lowest level of availability on record. The city has only two office buildings currently under construction, one of which has been pre-let entirely to British Telecom.

A spokesperson for Melburg commented;

The Bristol office market is experiencing a period of unprecedented tenant demand, driven principally by the City’s broad appeal to large scale corporates and technology companies seeking access to its talent pool and comparative affordability to London. 360 Bristol will provide a unique product within the Bristol office market, a fully serviced Grade A complex with all modern amenities designed for exclusive use by the buildings occupiers. The speed and pragmatic approach shown by Bristol City Council in dealing with this application is another testament to their efficiency and professionalism

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Melburg buys 300,000 sq ft industrial park

Melburg Capital has completed the acquisition of the 300,000 sq ft Greenbank Industrial Park in Wigan in an off-market deal.

The deal was agreed with domestic appliance producer G2S, which is headquartered at the multi-let park.

Other tenants include furniture retail Kartell, and the site is leased at an average rent below £2.50 per sq ft. Melburg said it plans to reposition the asset through “tenant engagement and close-quarter asset management”.

The deal takes Melburg’s urban logistics portfolio to more than 1m sq ft.

A Melburg spokesperson said: “We remain in the early stages of a seismic shift within the UK logistics market, both in terms of the diversity and depth of the occupier base and how these occupiers are utilising their logistics facilities.

“Working collaboratively with G2S afforded us the ability to fully understand their operational needs and find a long-term solution to support their growth projections. We continue to selectively deploy capital in all sectors and geographies within the UK and work closely with occupiers to find solutions that positively impact their business’”

Miller Metcalfe acted on behalf of G2S.

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Melburg and Angelo Gordon acquire South Plaza complex in Bristol (GB)

Melburg and Angelo Gordon have purchased a 100,000ft² South Plaza office building in Bristol. The deal follows Melburg’s recent acquisition of 15-33 Union Street. This also marks a significant milestone for the privately-owned real estate investment and development firm with portfolio values now exceeding €575m (£500m) as the highly discreet, the UK focused investor continues to add to its strategic programme. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The NHS currently occupy c. 60,000ft² of accommodation at an average rent of €14.66 (£12.75) PSF. Melburg will undertake a full refurbishment of the building including the external facade, reception and all remaining accommodation to create a modern workplace with associated amenities.

A spokesperson for Melburg commented: “South Plaza is an iconic building representing one of the last significant repositioning opportunities within the city centre. Aided by the transactional value generated, within 12 months our highly experienced management platform will deliver an exceptional product at an optimal time in Bristol’s occupational cycle. We will be offering better serviced, higher-quality office accommodation at a significant market discount. We look forward to working alongside Bristol City Council again in order to contribute to the city’s continued growth.”

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Melburg Capital/ Argo Real Estate prelets 80,000 sq ft at first phase of Edmonton logistics hub redevelopment

Melburg Capital and Argo Real Estate Asset Management have completed the first phase of a redevelopment of a 1970s facility in north London.

The first phase of the rebranded Edmonton Industrial Park comprises 80,000 sq ft and has been fully let whilst the refurbishment works were undertaken.

The Joint Venture partners opted to take approximately 120,000 sq ft of accommodation back from the existing occupiers and carry out a ‘back to frame’ refurbishment, including a new roof and over clad. Since the works commenced in the Spring Argo/Melburg have completed lettings and regears of over 80,000 sq ft to J W Pike, InFarm and TeamSport Karting.

Mark Kelly at Argo Real Estate said: “We saw an opportunity to acquire a secondary asset in an urban location and, through significant capital expenditure, have created a prime asset that is delivering on the potential that this location offers. The works have completely repositioned the estate and the pre-letting of phase 1 illustrates the quality of the works and the strength of the location.”

The second phase of the refurbishment is due to complete in October 2019 and will provide a further 81,500 sq ft of accommodation divided into units between 6,000 to 40,000 sq ft.

Joint agents are Adroit Real Estate and DTRE.

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