SEB Asset Management lets entire London property after successful repositioning (UK)
Monday 27 August 2012
SEB Asset Management has let the entire 1, Threadneedle Street property in London’s financial district to Nationwide Building Society. The lease runs for 20 years.
The property, part of the portfolio belonging to the SEB ImmoPortfolio Target Return Fund open-ended real estate fund, underwent extensive revitalization work in the period up to the end of July 2012 and has a total of 5,077 m² of rental space. Nationwide will use the building as its new UK headquarters and will open a new branch on the ground floor. Savills and CBRE acted as the agents during negotiations.
SEB Asset Management bought the grade-A property, which was built in 1992, in 2009. During the property’s complete renovation and repositioning in 2011/2012, all technical facilities were refurbished and the layout of the individual stories was redesigned, increasing the efficiency and flexibility of the space.
The preservation-worthy facade, a typical example of London architecture, was modernized in close cooperation with London’s public authorities. New windows, a reduction in the number of stylistic elements in the facade and changes to the interior all contribute to a light and airy, clear-cut design. Sustainability issues were a key focus in all construction measures, resulting in a ‘very good’ BREEAM certificate.