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News - 11/03/2010

Midlands industrial estate acquired for Scottish Widows for £6.4 million

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In a deal which took place in just three weeks, the Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Property Trust has purchased Phase 1 and 2 Lakeside Industrial Estate in Redditch.

Acquisition of 203,510 sq ft

Our Birmingham team secured the acquisition of the 203,510 sq ft industrial estate for £6.4 million, on behalf of SWIPPT/CIAM.

The estate will be managed by CIAM (Centurion Industrial Asset Management), the specialist Asset Management Company owned by Paul Reid and Julian Rooth, which currently manages £70m worth of industrial assets for the trust.

Maximising asset value

Alex Carr, Associate Director in our Birmingham office, said: “This was an ideal industrial investment to acquire as the site was ripe for added value from strategic management. There are multiple opportunities and angles to add value, namely a void, lease renewals, potential for re-gears, and refurbishment, through intensive asset management.”

He added: “Smart asset management combines in-depth knowledge of the local property market with detailed information about the client’s reason for ownership. Analysing the portfolio, strategic refurbishments, environmental improvements and re-gearing of leases all enable the value of a site to be maximised.”

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