GCP sells £150m of properties to Great Portland Estates

The Great Capital Partnership (“GCP”), a 50/50 joint venture between Great Portland Estates plc (“GPE”) and Capco, has exchanged contracts to sell five West End properties to GPE for a combined price of £150 million, or £75 million for the half share GPE does not already own.

The properties included in this transaction:

Kingsland House 122/124, Regent Street, London W1
Area: 8,737 sq ft, net rent £0.55m, leasehold
Price: £11.20m

Carrington House 126/130, Regent Street, London W1
Area: 30,802 sq ft, net rent £1.77m, leasehold
Price: £37.50m

Walmar House 288/300 Regent Street & 13/14 Great Castle Street, London W1
Area: 52,124 sq ft, net rent £0.30m , leasehold
Price: £35.00m

St Lawrence House 26/30 Broadwick Street, London W1
Area: 72,399 sq ft, net rent £2.57m, freehold
Price: £46.55m

48/54 Broadwick Street & 10/16 Dufours Place, London W1
Area: 29,906 sq ft, net rent £0.87m, freehold.
Price: £19.75m

Kingsland House and Carrington House, which adjoin each other, together form a medium term redevelopment opportunity on Regent Street opposite the new Superdry and Burberry flagship stores. They produce £2.3 million of annual rent off £41.75 per sq ft for the office space and £253 per sq ft zone A for the retail premises, and yield 4.8% and 4.6% respectively.

Further up Regent Street, Walmar House, 288/300 Regent Street and 13/14 Great Castle Street, comprise a 59,240 sq ft consented refurbishment opposite GPE’s redevelopment of 33 Margaret Street (formerly Marcol House). The proposed scheme includes 37,760 sq ft of Grade A offices over six floors, the creation of a new 10,000 sq ft flagship retail unit on the corner of Regent Street and Great Castle Street, and four residential units. With the exception of two existing retail units, the remainder of the property is vacant.

St Lawrence House comprises three adjoining buildings including offices, retail and residential and extends to 72,399 sq ft on a site of 0.49 acres. In the short term, the acquisition offers GPE a good running yield at 5.4% in a prime Soho location, producing a total income of £2.57 million off an average office rent of £35.50 per sq ft. In the longer term, there is potential to develop a larger building on this prominent corner site.

48/54 Broadwick Street & 10/16 Dufours Place sit within close proximity to St Lawrence House and comprise approximately 30,000 sq ft of office accommodation within four Grade II Listed buildings fronting Broadwick Street with a modern office building to the rear. The net initial yield is 4.3% rising to 5% on the letting of a vacant office floor.

Completion of the transaction is conditional upon approvals from both the freeholder and the lenders to GCP.

Toby Courtauld, Chief Executive of GPE said, “Whilst perhaps non-core to GCP, these are classic GPE assets so it makes good sense to buy in the half we don’t already own. The acquisition both enables the refurbishment of Walmar House and 13/14 Great Castle Street in the near term and provides medium term repositioning opportunities in both Soho and Regent Street with a solid income return in the meantime”.

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