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Bank of London and The Middle East buys Glasgow Atlantic Quay offices

Bank of London and The Middle East has bought 1 Atlantic Quay, Glasgow for £55 million from MREFIII, a fund managed by Moorfield Group. Darin Partners is acting as Asset Manager on behalf of BLME and their investors.

Located in Glasgow’s financial district, Atlantic Quay 1 is a recently refurbished Grade A office investment extending to 121,737 sq ft.

The property is primarily let to the UK government and accounts for over 80% of the total income while MacTaggart and Mickel account for the remaining amount. AQ1 has a WAULT of 12.2 years to expiry.

“AQ1 fits within our real estate investment strategy of acquiring income generating assets anchored by investment grade tenants. The prime location within one of the UK’s most vibrant cities and Scotland’s economic powerhouse will provide our clients with stable income and potential for rental growth and capital appreciation” said Khaled Alanani, Investment Manager, BLME Investment Solutions.

BLME sources and co invests in commercial real estate opportunities alongside professional investors from the Middle East.

“Atlantic Quay provides our client with long term government income, with the opportunity to drive capital appreciation through asset management. We are very confident in the Glasgow occupational market, with tenant demand outstripping the level of supply, which will result in short and medium term rental growth” said Darin Partners CEO David Bell

MREFIII acquired Atlantic Quay 1, 2 and 3, which comprise 280,000 sq ft of offices, in September 2015. In December 2016 MREFIII sold Atlantic Quay 3 to L&G. Moorfield is partnered with Resonance Capital to manage the three buildings.

Charles Ferguson Davie, Chief Investment Officer, Moorfield Group, said: “We identified the Atlantic Quay buildings as high quality offices at the heart of Glasgow’s International Financial Services District, in a prime riverside location and in an office market starved of new space. They were ready for refurbishment when we purchased them in September 2015 and we are proud to have developed such a successful scheme with Resonance Capital.”

Darin Partners is a UK real estate advisor that acts on behalf of its shareholders and clients from the GCC.

Savills acted on behalf of BLME while JLL acted on behalf of MREFIII.

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