Royal Mills

Council to buy Ancoats office

Charlie Schouten

Manchester City Council is to buy the 12,700 sq ft The Courtyard in Ancoats, part of Royal Mills, from Cert Property in a deal worth around £1.85m.

The development at Redhill Street is fully let to 10 different tenants, producing a gross income of £144,283 per year, with an average rent of £13/sq ft. There are also five suites totalling 3,500 sq ft which have been sold on a long-leasehold basis at a peppercorn rent.

The move, which is set to be agreed by the council next week, will cost around £1.85m which will be paid for out of its existing Eastern Gateway budget.

Officers said the purchase of The Courtyard would “provide the council with significant control over the commercial spaces at Royal Mills and enable it to maximise opportunities to support the existing portfolio, both within Royal Mills and across the Ancoats estate”.

“Given its other interests in the area, the business units would strengthen the council’s position in being able to curate the economic regeneration of the area”, added the council.

Under the deal, the council is acquiring the 150 year lease from Cert Investments. part of Cert Property. The 125 year lease is sub-leased in part to Cert Properties which the council may either acquire or might be surrendered back to Cert Investments in advance of the acquisition. The freehold is already owned by the council.

Tenants in The Courtyard include Elevate Architects, Street League, Urbane Forms, and Strazala Architects.

Three suites ranging between 1,400 sq ft and 746 sq ft, are owned a long leasehold basis by Team Netsol, City Trustees, and M4nchester Holdings, the latter of which counts former Manchester City FC captain Vincent Kompany as a director.

Renaker delivered an overhaul of Royal Mills after buying the site from ING Real Estate Development in 2013, including the delivery of 146 apartments. LSH’s capital markets team advised on the transaction.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Royal Mills is a key property as part of the Ancoats regeneration area and has played a pivotal role in the development of the Ancoats neighbourhood. It has been agreed by the Council’s executive to acquire the The Courtyard at Royal Mills to complement the Council’s existing ownership of commercial units in the building, which will provide the Council with an interest across the full commercial portfolio at Royal Mills. The acquisition will further support the Council’s ambition for the continued regeneration of the Anocats and New Islington area.”

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Though no money for cleaning and crime

By Pen

@Pen Capital funding cannot be used for revenue funded services.

By Incorrect

Somewhat hypocritical statements from the council.

If they really wanted to support ‘the continued regeneration of the Anocats and New Islington area’ and ‘curate the economic regeneration of the area’ they would ensure that high quality design is embedded within their Manchester Life JV rather than, as at Weavers Quay, creating a glorified student block with cheap cladding, devoid of retail and leisure units, devoid of important features like balconies and a grim street scene that works against long term occupation, the creation of a community and a proper, functioning neighbourhood.

By Weft

Different budget obviously.

By Anonymous