Palmer and Cubex sell Bristol office for £56m

Palmer Capital and Cubex Land have sold the 115,000 sq ft Bridgewater House office building in Bristol for £56m – achieving a yield of 5.35%.

The sale, to a private foreign individual, comes after EDF signed a deal last year for 80,000 sq ft in the largest office letting deal in the City since 2008.

The office was acquired just 24% let, and has since undergone a major redevelopment.

It is now fully let with EDF occupying the ground to third floors. The other floors are occupied by Barclays Bank and BDO.

Bridgewater House forms part of Finzels Reach, a major mixed-use regeneration scheme on a 4.7 acre site in Bristol city centre.

Finzels Reach is a mixed-use scheme of luxury apartments, social housing, landscaped gardens, grade-A office space, quality public realm and more than 8,300m² of shops, restaurants and cafés, all with full accessibility to the floating harbour waterside. Built on the former Courage Brewery in the centre of Bristol. Developer: Cubex Land

After the development went into administration, the loan secured on the property was acquired by Palmer Capital and Cubex Land in late December 2013.

Steven Wright, director at Palmer Capital said: “We are delighted with the latest disposal at the Finzels Reach project, which has been a perfect case study of our innovative approach through development, letting and sales risk that has allowed us to deliver capitalised returns and value creation for our investors. ”

Savills and Strutt & Parker acted for Palmer Capital and Koopmans acted on behalf of a private client.

Author: Guy Montague-Jones, Property Week