Tristan Capital Partners’ long-life, core-plus CCP 5 LL fund and Silverton Asset Solutions have acquired a landmark office tower in the CBD of Essen from local developer KOLBL KRUSE GmbH. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Located in the central business district of the city, the 23,542m² listed site is fully occupied by a bluechip renewable energy company. Originally built in the 1960s, the 21-storey high-rise benefits from excellent accessibility, with the city’s metro and main railway station, as well as Dusseldorf International Airport in close proximity. The nearby A40 Highway also connects the tower to the wider Rhine-Ruhr region.
The business plan reflects Tristan’s “Manage to ESG” strategy which aims to maximise its competitiveness and performance in the future. Working alongside ESG consultants Baues Wunder and EnviroSustain, the building is aiming to obtain an ESG Certification of either BREEAM Very Good or a DGNB Gold rating. The building will include electric vehicle charging points to meet the growing demand among office workers, conduct an audit to help reduce its carbon emissions and will use more renewable energy sources on-site.
Constantin Plenge, Managing Director at Tristan Capital Partners, said: “This transaction represents a unique opportunity to acquire a landmark office building below replacement costs, in a strong office market with a falling vacancy rate driven by blue-chip occupiers. We aim to fully unlock the ESG potential of this asset, in line with our “Manage to ESG” strategy, to meet the demands of increasingly discerning German occupiers.”
Sebastian Steinert, Regional Head NRW at Silverton Asset Solutions, said: “This transaction once more underlines the attractivity of the Rhine-Ruhr area as an underestimated but rising office location. We are excited to implement the innovative future strategy of this icon of industrial history in the Rhine-Ruhr region.”