Union Investment acquires planned office and commercial building in Cologne city centre
• Prime location on Schildergasse
• Completion scheduled for 2024
• Acquisition for Unilmmo: Deutschland
24 February 2022 I Author Astrid Lipsky
Union Investment has secured a planned office and commercial building on Schildergasse, a well-known shopping street in Cologne, via a forward funding deal. The property at Schildergasse 56–58/Herzogstraße 2–12/Perlenpfuhl 39 is expected to be completed in 2024 and will offer 6,950 sq m of rental space. The acquisition will be added to the holdings of open-ended real estate fund Unilmmo: Deutschland. The vendor is a project company operated by the Bauwens Group.
Union Investment was advised on legal aspects of the deal by law firm KFR and on tax aspects by Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. Bauwens received legal advice from Ebner Stolz.
“This high-quality development is located in a prime high-street position and also in Cologne’s most sought-after office submarket. The finished building will be an attractive proposition for occupiers. As a first-class property offering units of different sizes with flexible layout options, the benefits are compelling.”
Alejandro Obermeyer, head of Investment Management DACH at Union Investment
Following completion in 2024, the seven-storey building will provide a total of 5,450 sq m of office space and 1,500 sq m of retail and storage space. There will be terraces on the first, third and fourth floors, as well as a roof terrace on the sixth floor with a view of the cathedral. The building will be taxonomy compliant and have Gold certification from the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council).
The offices will extend from the first floor to the sixth floor and it will be possible to divide them into rental units of different sizes. The 930 sq m of retail space on the ground floor and around 550 sq m of storage space in the basement are already let to Deichmann, a major shoe retailer, for a period of ten years.
“The existing buildings have already been demolished and we plan to start excavating the site in spring. Construction work will begin as soon as planning permission is granted, with completion scheduled for 2024. The new building will be a striking corner development fronting onto Schildergasse. Its high-quality, timeless architecture will significantly enhance the streetscape”, said Timo Wess, managing partner at Bauwens Development GmbH & Co. KG.
The office and commercial building is located in the heart of Cologne city centre and has excellent transport links, with the public transport hubs of Heumarkt and Neumarkt only a five-minute walk away. Cologne’s main railway station, which offers regional and long-distance rail connections, can be reached on foot in just 11 minutes. There are also various multi-storey car parks and parking spaces in the vicinity.
For Union Investment Real Estate GmbH