10 March 2020
Union Investment increases its stake in the Watermark Place office property in London to 100 percent
Union Investment has successfully completed a property transaction in London and, after around five years since the acquisition of the first 50 percent stake, acquired the remaining 50 percent stake in the Watermark Place office property in the City of London. The seller is the previous joint venture partner, Oxford Properties Group (‘Oxford Properties’). The office property at "One Angel Lane" has approximately 50,400 sqm of lettable space and offers a direct view of the Thames. It was constructed in 2009 and is fully let to the Japanese investment bank Nomura. The asset has BREEAM Excellent certification as proof of its exceptionally high sustainability standards. The purchase of the remaining 50 percent stake is being made for the open-ended real estate fund, UniImmo: Europa, which now has the entire Watermark Place property in its portfolio.
"In 2015 the joint venture offered us the opportunity to become co-owner of this outstanding Grade A property and we look forward to further successful cooperation with Oxford Properties in the future. At the same time, we are happy to take the opportunity for our investors to include the entire property at this top location in our portfolio. After a phase of increased Brexit uncertainties, the transaction is also the start to further expand our portfolio in London."
Martin J. Brühl, Chief Investment Officer and member of the management board of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH
Union Investment currently manages twelve commercial properties in the United Kingdom with a value of around 1.9 billion euros. The most recent acquisitions in London were the two office properties The Copyright Building with the address 30 Berners Street and around 10,000 sqm rental space and 160 Aldersgate Street with around 18,700 sqm rental space. Both transactions were concluded in 2017. Subsequently, Union Investment in the United Kingdom also acquired two hotel properties in Scotland.
For Union Investment Real Estate GmbH