Barings has acquired a logistics redevelopment opportunity near Paris, France, from a private investor, on behalf of a pan-European logistics joint venture between a U.S. insurance company and a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund targeting core+/value-add assets.
Refurbishment work on the property is being undertaken by Vectura with whom a development contract has been signed and is scheduled to complete in May 2021. The finished c. 24,000 sq m asset will be split into six distinct units. 51% of the building has been pre-let on a ten-year firm lease to a third party logistics firm for a mix of dry, cold positive and cold negative storage. The remaining urban logistics space, comprising three units of under 3,000 sq m, is being marketed on a speculative basis to take advantage of the continued strong demand for high quality new and dry space from urban logistics occupiers.
The logistics property is situated in Saint Ouen l’Aumône in the Cergy-Pontoise area, 35 kilometres north west of the centre of Paris, which is one of the most concentrated locations for light industrial real estate in Europe. It benefits from excellent transport connectivity to Paris as well as the rest of the continent via the nearby A15 autoroute.
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“This transaction gave us an opportunity to reposition a property in a strong local market that is characterised by a shortage of new or refurbished space, with robust demand for urban logistics and light industrial real estate. This is our second project with Vectura, whom we know will deliver a high quality product, which will enable our expert team to capitalise on the good momentum in the logistics leasing market and secure occupiers for the remaining available space. With our last deal signed during late 2020, the French logistics portfolio now comprises nine assets totalling c. € 300 million,” said Séverine Maumy-Laffineur, Managing Director and Country Head Real Estate France at Barings.
“This latest deal is the second in France and third across Europe that we have completed on behalf of this strategy. With a fourth deal already signed in France, our venture, which has an initial investment target of € 500 million, has made good progress over the last year. Our focus remains on logistics markets that demonstrate attractive cyclical and structural drivers with resilience to the headwinds associated with the pandemic. In addition to Germany and France, markets we are targeting in 2021 include Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Nordics,” added Robert Schneider, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, at Barings.