Singapore’s Straits Trading buys freehold business park in UK for £76.7m

Singapore's Straits Trading buys freehold business park in UK for £76.7m
Bourne Business Park Image: Straits Trading

Singapore-based real estate investment company The Straits Trading Company Limited (Straits Trading) announced that its subsidiary, Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd. (SRE), is acquiring a freehold business park located in Addlestone, Surrey, England, United Kingdom known as Bourne Business Park for £76.7 million (app. S$137.9 million)

The property comprises six standalone office buildings totaling approximately 182,364 sq. ft. of net lettable area. The buildings were constructed between 1999 and 2017, with the majority being newly built or extensively refurbished over the past four years.

The business park has strong connectivity to multiple key transport links, including the M25 and M3 motorways. The property is easily accessible to both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and London’s Waterloo Station is a 30-minute train ride from nearby Weybridge Station.

The property is currently 96% let to multiple tenants from diversified industries including medical, legal, electronics and logistics. The property is of strategic importance to many of its tenants as it serves as their UK, European or global headquarters. Most of the leases are long term with a WAULT of 7.5 years, which positions the Property well in dealing with near-term uncertainties from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We see value in the property as it gives us a resilient stream of income via its stable existing leases. There is also value-add potential through refurbishment or redevelopment of part of the business park,” said Desmond Tang, CEO of SRE.

Tang added, “With lavish greenery affording a more natural social distancing structure and reduced commuting times, business parks as alternate office locations are expected to gain traction as occupiers consider the congestion and commuting requirements of being located in the city centre. Bourne Business Park is well-positioned to benefit from this trend due to its strong connectivity with ample on-site and nearby amenities.”