Office assets come to market
A trio of office buildings in Manchester and Liverpool has come to market as cash-hungry investors begin the annual rush to complete deals before the summer break.
Peter House on Oxford Street, Manchester, is for sale by Hermes and Aviva at £15m, a net initial yield of 7.5%. The building is leased to serviced office operator Regus.
No.1 St Paul's Square, home to Hill Dickinson's Liverpool office, is for sale by Edinburgh-based Strategic Investment Management. The bulk of the 130,000 sq ft building was pre-let by English Cities Fund to the law firm in 2005 and sold to SI Management for £46.5m in April 2006. Cushman & Wakefield in Glasgow is advising on the sale, at a guide price of £33.6m, net initial yield 7%.
Downing Developments is selling the 390,000 sq ft Capital, home to insurer Royal & SunAlliance, which occupies 134,000 sq ft and UK Border Agency, in 220,000 sq ft on a lease until 2021.
The guide price is £60.5m, an initial yield of 8%. Downing paid £50m for the landmark building, dubbed the 'sandcastle' locally, at the end of 2005.
Downing spent around £10m refurbishing the building since. The Capital has rental income of £5.1m a year. There is 20,000 sq ft of retail and ancillary space.
DTZ is advising Downing.