Deka buys One St Peter's Square in Manchester

15 August 2016

Deka Immobilien has acquired One St Peter’s Square in Manchester via the owning joint venture vehicle from Argent and The Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund, for  £164,000,000.

Occupying a prominent position in the heart of Manchester’s historic business district, the highly specified development was completed in September 2014 and totals circa 288,000 sq ft (26,755 sq m) of Grade A office accommodation and retail space arranged across ground and thirteen upper floors. The property is currently multi-let with a weighted average unexpired lease term of approximately 16 years. Current tenants include KPMG, DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard and Mazars, along with Drake & Morgan and Fumo in the retail units.

John Heaver, investment director at Savills, comments: "The characteristics of One St Peter's Square make it a rare and prestigious product that will compliment Deka's portfolio and we are encouraged by their continued commitment to the UK."

Councillor Kieran Quinn, chair of Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) adds: “The sale of One St Peter’s Square to Deka Immobilien brings to a conclusion the involvement of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund in the redevelopment of the site. GMPF originally purchased the old Elizabeth House in 2003, prior to the formation of the joint venture with Argent in 2008. The faith and confidence in the development by both partners has achieved the twin aims of GMPF’s local investment strategy. The Fund has made the returns required to deliver the pensions promised to its members, and delivered a landmark building for Manchester city centre. This building which, when commenced, was the only new construction in the city centre, has acted as a catalyst for the development of St Petersfield with the new tram site and significant improvement to the public realm.”

David Partridge on behalf of Argent and Hermes/BTPS, says: "The design and quality of this office building and the Manchester City Council supported public realm around it, along with the significant works to the Town Hall Extension and the Library, have been a vital ingredient in re-establishing St Peter’s Square as the pre-eminent civic space in Manchester, and that is why we have attracted such an impressive line-up of occupiers.  The public facing ground floor along with the Fumo and Drake and Morgan restaurants have already made One St Peter’s Square a destination in its own right."

Deka Immobilien is advised by Savills and CBRE in the UK.  The joint venture between Argent and The Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund was represented by Bilfinger GVA. The Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund is a sub fund of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

 
 

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