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.
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.
Fortitude Valley’s GPO Hotel offered to market
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.
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.”
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.
Brisbane Northshore Building Snapped Up for $20m
Investment giant Centuria has purchased a recently built commercial building for $19.74 million on a 7 per cent yield in Northshore Hamilton.
Developed by Alceon Graystone in April last year, the three-level A-grade office building sits within the Brisbane Technology Park Northshore office precinct which spans 304 hectares of riverfront, located six-kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.
The property fund purchased the newly built office, at 381 Macarthur Avenue, in a move that marks its first direct property acquisition.
Centuria head of real estate Jason Huljich said the purchase is in line with the fund’s strategy.
“We have always intended to acquire direct assets for the Fund, and 381 Macarthur Avenue is a high-quality, well-located asset with financially strong tenants,” he said.
Work kicked off transforming the expansive site of state-owned industrial port into a $5 billion mixed-use precinct in 2015, with the site said to be Queensland’s largest waterfront urban renewal precinct.
The next phase of commercial development to kick off will include four additional office developments spanning 16,000sq m, along with plans for an integrated health and medical precinct.
Huljich anticipates increasing investor demand in South East Queensland.
“The fund’s exposure to QLD follows our view that Brisbane office markets are steadily improving. In the last half we’ve seen yield compression, vacancy rates at five-year-lows, and rising demand for prime office – trends we expect to continue,” he said.
Centuria’s newly acquired 2,847sq m asset has a 5.1-year WALE. Colliers Sam Biggins brokered the deal, with settlement expected by the end of May 2019.
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