Valor Real Estate Partners has bought two urban logistics estates located in Mitcham and Watford for £70m from DTZ Investors.
In Mitcham, South London, Valor has completed the acquisition of a 105,000ft² multi-let industrial estate on Mitcham Industrial Estate. It occupies a prime last-mile logistics location on the A216, providing direct access to the A23 and A24 in less than 10 minutes’ drive. Currently, 72% occupied by tenants spanning the self-storage and DIY sectors, it offers a mix of strong day one income and a near term repositioning opportunity, via the heavy refurbishment of a vacant unit, to improve the rental tone.
In Watford, Valor has acquired a 2.87-acre site in a uniquely positioned infill location close to the M1 (Junction 5) and the M25 (Junction 19), enabling direct access to Central London and across the South East. Comprising four units of between 13,000 and 19,000ft², it is fully let on long term tenancies to a bathroom wholesaler, AV equipment provider, confectionery wholesaler and electrical components manufacturer.
According to Valor, both submarkets are characterised by an acute demand-supply imbalance, driven by competition from alternative uses and an increasing need for businesses to have access to dominant metropolitan centres in ever shorter drive times.
Jeremy Achkar, Vice President of Investments at Valor, commented: “Watford and Mitcham are two of London’s most supply-constrained submarkets. These purchases both offer the ability to drive the rental tone through active asset management, which we look forward to effectuating in short order.”