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Healthy Demand for Large Format Industrial in Brisbane



Healthy Demand for Large Format Industrial in Brisbane

Healthy Demand for Large Format Industrial in Brisbane

Strong demand in Brisbane’s A-grade industrial sector has seen vacancy rates drop by 3 per cent over the quarter, according to latest research.

Healthy Demand for Large Format Industrial in Brisbane. The 3 per cent drop over the three months to October reflects a 2.8 per cent decrease over the past year as larger tenants compete for limited space, according to Knight Frank’s Brisbane Industrial Vacancy report.

Knight Frank’s Mark Clifford said tenants with larger requirements were very active, with the improvement in A-grade vacancy for the quarter largely due to speculative space absorption.

The company recently negotiated more than 48,900sq m of leases across six assets in a six-week span.

“These deals have been for existing A-grade facilities, above 5000sq m in size, with the tenants being large scale businesses either expanding or looking for efficiencies in their warehousing and distribution strategy by occupying newer well-designed facilities,” he said.

The report found the improvement in vacancy in the A-grade market dropped by 18 per cent to 227,161sq m, in contrast to available secondary accommodation which increased by 18 per cent to 238,921sq m.

Due to limited existing or speculative stock, Knight Frank Partner Chris Wright said there would be a greater focus on design and construct options.

“We don’t expect tenant demand to slow down, with all the fundamentals in the market being positive including the Queensland economy and population growth ticking along, upcoming infrastructure projects and reasonable business confidence.

“But it’s going to be hard for tenants to find existing buildings of 5000sq m plus.

“This has to translate into more activity in the design and construct sector at key industrial land estates. We are going to start seeing some spec activity as well given the healthy demand for 5000sq m plus.”

Related: Futuristic Warehouses, E-Commerce Drives Industrial Market

Source: Urban Developer – Healthy Demand for Large Format Industrial in Brisbane



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Fortitude Valley’s GPO Hotel offered to market



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The GPO Hotel in Queensland’s Fortitude Valley has been offered to the market through an expressions of interest campaign.

Currently operating as a nightclub it is described in the listing as a “long term lease prospect (4 x 10 years).”

Glen Price of HTL Property is marketing the listing.

Situated at 740 Ann Street the expressions of interest campaign closes on June 5.

The property holds a commercial hotel license.

Set on a 956 sqm plot the property has a total floor area of 1,850 sqm.
It is in close proximity to Brunswick Mall, Howard Smith Wharf precinct, Valley Metro redevelopment and 2 km from the Brisbane CBD.
Last sold in 2016 the property traded for $5,250,000.
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Sentinel buys Brisbane’s Makerston House from Challenger for $103m



Sentinel buys Brisbane Makerston House from Challenger for $103m

Sentinel Property Group has bought the Makerston House office tower in the Brisbane city centre for $103 million from ASX-listed Challenger.

The deal – the largest to date for the Brisbane-based syndicator – was struck on a net passing yield of 7.85 per cent. It will be held within Sentinel’s Regional Office Trust, which holds nine assets worth more than $350 million.

Makerston House, situated at 30 Makerston Street at the northern edge of the Brisbane CBD, last sold for $38 million in 2000 when Challenger bought it from listed investment company Ariadne.

The tower, offering almost 15,000 square metres of office space, had a book value of $70.7 million as of June 30 last year.

In January, Challenger secured Queensland Rail as a tenant across 2000 sq m to help shore up some of the vacancy.

Sentinel acquired the tower fully-leased with a weighted average lease expiry of 4.63 years. Other tenants include the Queensland government, as well as various state government corporate entities plus Secure Parking.

The deal follows Brisbane recording the largest drop in office vacancy compared to any other state capital in the six months to February, with a drop to 13 per cent from 14.7 per cent, according to the most recent Property Council Office Market Report.

Sentinel Property managing director Warren Ebert said Makerston House was “superbly positioned” at the epicentre of some of the city’s multibillion dollar infrastructure projects, including the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail network and the $2.1 billion Brisbane Live precinct.

“This is a fantastic acquisition for Sentinel and is our biggest purchase since the group started 10 years ago,” Mr Ebert said.

“The building is opposite the Queensland Police Headquarters and just 50 metres from Roma Street train station, the only existing CBD railway station that will link to the high capacity Cross River Rail.”

Established in 2010, Sentinel has a total national portfolio of more than 40 retail, industrial, office, land, tourism infrastructure and agribusiness assets with a total value in excess of $1.14 billion.




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Dexus Eyes $100m Sale for Brisbane Retail Centre



Dexus Eyes $100m Sale for Brisbane Retail Centre

Dexus Wholesale Property Fund are looking to offload a 100 per cent freehold interest in Beenleigh Marketplace, a sub-regional shopping centre located 32-kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.

The 19,476 square metre asset, which last transacted in 2013, is anchored by Woolworths and Big W and spans a 60,680sq m site.

The landholding also includes 4,390sq m of adjoining land earmarked for further development.

JLL head of retail investments Simon Rooney has been appointed to market the expressions of interest campaign amid weak sentiment in the retail property sector.

“Investors are pursuing a low-risk retail strategy at present,” he said.

Rooney said investors were targeting small and mid-sized sub-regional centres with a major focus on retail services along with food and beverage offerings.

“F&B has consistently been the fastest growing retail category over the last five, 10 and 20 years, which underpins solid leasing demand.”

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Recent transactions for sub-regional centres include the Rockdale Plaza sale in Sydney purchased by Charter Hall for $142 million last month, Sydney’s Neeta City purchased by Elanor Investors for $85.3 million in March, and Melbourne’s Campbellfield Plaza bought by Charter Hall for $74 million in December last year.

Transaction activity was highest within the $50-million to $150-million bracket for retail property last year.

Rooney said the Beenleigh retail hub outperforms the industry averages with total centre moving annual turnover (MAT) of $113.7 million.

Beenleigh, located in the city of Logan, has a current population of 83,570 which is expected to increase 2.1 per cent annually to 2031.

The expressions of interest campaign closes on June 6.




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