Hibernia REIT plc announced it has exchanged contracts to acquire a 3035 m² freehold site at 1-6 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2 for €17.75 mln in an off-market transaction.
The site, which fronts onto the river and adjoins Hibernia’s recently acquired Observatory Building, has existing planning permission for 102,000 ft² (approx. 9476 m²) net lettable of offices, 5,000 ft² (approx. 465 m²) of retail space, three residential units and 34 parking spaces. With Hibernia’s Windmill Lane Site and Hanover Building immediately behind and the Observatory Building adjoining, the acquisition gives Hibernia ownership of a full riverside quadrant in the South Docks area, which has become one of the most popular office locations in Dublin in recent years, particularly with companies within the TMT sector.
This acquisition is Hibernia’s eleventh since listing, and following completion of it and The Forum acquisition announced on 22 August 2014 Hibernia will have invested €393 mln, with a further €63 mln committed.
Kevin Nowlan, Chief Executive Officer of WK Nowlan REIT Management Limited, the Investment Manager, said: “We have now assembled a full riverside block of property with exciting, planning-approved development opportunities in the vibrant and rapidly regenerating South Docks area. We are looking forward to progressing our plans and providing high quality central Dublin office space for tenants at a time when such space is in short supply.”