Wainbridge Capital Limited, a Jersey-based, property investment manager, announces that it has purchased the long leasehold interest in a strategically located West London office building, FC200, from an off-shore investor for £16 million (approx. 18.5 million), reflecting a capital value of £95.50 ft².
FC200 is a 164,000-ft² (approx. 15,235-m²), part-completed office development situated adjacent to Diageo's International Headquarters in First Central, forming phase two of the West London business park, situated off the A40 at the Hanger Lane roundabout. Initially developed by a joint venture between Guinness Ltd and London & Regional, the shell of the office building was completed in 2007.
Wainbridge now intends to complete the internal fit-out of the building to provide 164,000 ft² of new, grade-A office accommodation arranged over ground floor and six upper floors. The building also provides 174 car parking spaces which reflects an attractive parking ratio of one space to 942 ft².
It is envisaged that the fit-out of the building will be delivered during the summer of 2012 and will therefore be well placed to benefit from the predicted increase in demand for office space in the Western Corridor sub-market of London, where there is currently a limited supply of new Grade A office space. Wainbridge is already in discussions with potential tenants for the building.
The strategic location benefits from easy access to two London Underground Stations Park Royal (Piccadilly Line) and Hanger Lane (Central Line) and is also adjacent to the A40, A406 and close to the M1, M4 and M25 road networks. The building is located on the First Central business park where the owner, Guinness Ltd, has planning consent for additional office and residential properties, as well as a 150-bedroom hotel.
This acquisition is in line with the Fund's strategy to acquire 'value-add' office and mixed-use properties, predominantly concentrated in Greater London, with a degree of capital expenditure or leasing risk that offer an attractive investment opportunity.
Since its first closing of £50 million (equity), which was raised from a number of high net worth investors, the majority of whom are Russian nationals, the Fund has raised a further £14.5 million, demonstrating continued appetite for these London-based, 'value-add' opportunities. All funds are fully discretionary and subsequent closings are expected to bring the fund up to £100 million (equity), which, when leverage is applied, will give WGOL up to £285 million to invest.
Commenting on the acquisition, Rob Rackind, Principal and co-founder, Wainbridge Limited, said: "This acquisition represents an exciting opportunity for Wainbridge to gain exposure to the improving office market in Lond