Bridges & Chancerygate buy Beeston Business Park from VBRi for £22m
- Major regeneration planned for site near Nottingham which comprises just under 50 acres of industrial and office space, including 20 acres of cleared land for development
- JV partners Bridges and Chancerygate intend to refurbish existing buildings and develop new commercial space, thus creating jobs and boosting economic dynamism in the local area
- The site was previously part of a portfolio owned by VBR Investments Limited
- KPMG and JLL advised the vendors on the transaction
A joint venture between the Bridges Property Alternatives Fund, which is managed by specialist sustainable and impact investor Bridges Ventures (“Bridges”), and Chancerygate, a specialist industrial property company, has bought Beeston Business Park in Nottinghamshire from VBR Investments (“VBRi”) in a deal worth £22m.
KPMG advised the vendors on the transaction, marketing the site alongside JLL.
Beeston Business Park comprises 412,000 sq. ft. of office and industrial accommodation in a range of buildings on a 48-acre site – including 20 acres of cleared land for development – plus a 9-acre sports field. Located approximately three miles south-west of Nottingham city centre, on a prominent site next to Beeston Railway Station, the property falls within a European Assisted Area and benefits from Enterprise Zone Status.
Bridges and Chancerygate are now exploring options for a mixed-use redevelopment. A portion of the site has been lying derelict and unused for over 10 years, so there is significant potential to refurbish existing buildings to bring them back into beneficial use. The partners also intend to develop additional buildings on the cleared land – including high-quality office space, of which there is a significant under-supply in this area of the East Midlands. This should generate large numbers of new jobs, mainly for smaller businesses. The partners will also look to introduce environmental and sustainability features across the site where appropriate.
This is the second collaboration between Bridges and Chancerygate: the partners previously joined forces for the highly successful development and £60m sale of The Curve student accommodation project in east London.
This investment is in line with Bridges’ long-standing focus on investing in SME office space, particularly in underserved areas – which, it believes, can generates both positive social impact and clear financial value for investors. SMEs are key to economic growth in the UK: they drive competition, stimulate innovation and contribute disproportionately to job creation, accounting for 60% of all private-sector employment. Recent Bridges deals in this sector have included 158-170 Edmund Street, two adjacent office buildings in Birmingham, which were sold in December to F&C UK Property Fund for £11.65m, reflecting a yield of 5.75%.
The Beeston Business Park sale is the latest in a programme of disposals KPMG has undertaken for VBRi. The site was the last remaining one from their Marble Portfolio, a group of property assets managed on behalf of VBRi by M7 Real Estate; the rest of the portfolio was sold to Goldman Sachs International for a price in the region of £110 million earlier this year.
Tom Tyler, Investment Director at Bridges, said: “Bridges and Chancerygate are delighted to have acquired this property, which we see as a landmark regeneration opportunity. This area of the East Midlands is extremely popular for business space, and this site benefits from an excellent location with strong transport links. By bringing some of its existing space back into commercial use, and by building high-quality new space to meet the local demand, we believe we can deliver both significant social impact for the local area and also strong returns for our investors.”
Eddie Cook, Chancerygate Managing Director, commented: “We are looking forward to working in partnership with Bridges again on this exciting scheme in Beeston, and to bringing our asset management and development skills to a project that offers substantial potential for regeneration and income enhancement.”
Stephen Barter, Chair of Real Estate Advisory at KPMG UK, said: “This sale brings to a close the successful sale of the Marble Portfolio. Working closely with our clients, we ensured a competitive sales process which attracted strong interest from the market.”
Matthew Cheyne, director at M7 Real Estate, said: “M7, as asset manager of the portfolio, was delighted by the attractive outcome, which reflected the successful asset management programme M7 had implemented at the site.”
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About Bridges Ventures
Bridges Ventures LLP (“Bridges”) is a specialist fund manager focused exclusively on sustainable and impact investment. It invests in SMEs, properties and social organisations that can generate positive impact and superior returns for both investors and society as a whole, focusing on four key impact ‘themes’: health & wellbeing, education, sustainable living and under-served markets. Its property funds typically invest in niche sectors, regeneration areas and buildings showing environmental leadership. Bridges now manages almost £600 million across its Sustainable Growth, Property and Social Sector funds.
About Chancerygate (www.chancerygate.com)
Chancerygate is a privately owned multi-disciplined property company. It is one of the leading industrial developers in the UK having constructed more than 6m sq ft of industrial and commercial space for its own balance sheet and joint venture partners. In addition and through its asset management and investment division it has successfully undertaken more than £700m of transactions and currently has approximately £200m of assets under management. The company continues to maintain a track record of high quality development and realising value for investors.
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 12,000 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.9 billion in the year ended September 2014. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 162,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.