Transactions - JULY 18, 2017

M&G forms £105m JV in Manchester with Asian investor and West Yorkshire Pension Fund

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M&G Real Estate has acquired a 165,000-square-foot newly built prime office building in central Manchester for £105 million ($137 million).

The acquisition is a three-party joint venture made on behalf of its Capital Solutions business headed by Martin Towns.

The purchase of 101 Embankment, which is located at the heart of the Cathedral District in central Manchester, has been made on behalf of M&G Real Estate’s U.K. core commercial property strategy in partnership with an Asian investor and West Yorkshire Pension Fund, one of the United Kingdom’s largest pension funds.

101 Embankment is the new head office of insurance firm Swinton, and has been let on a 10-year term. The high-specification premises include a 442-space car park, let to Q-Park on a separate 35-year term. The leases include guaranteed rental increases.

“There is an increasing trend in global real estate for large institutional and sovereign wealth investors to partner with established fund management companies through joint ventures and separate accounts,” said Martin Towns, head of capital solutions, M&G Real Estate.

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