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Old November 12th, 2011, 04:38 PM   #2861
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Carlyle plots £2 billion London property development

Private equity giant Carlyle CYL.UL is planning a mixed-use property project worth about 2 billion pounds next to the Tate Modern art gallery on the south bank of London's River Thames, a source close to the project said.

Carlyle, which filed for an IPO in September that could raise up to $1 billion (626 million pound), will submit plans for a 1.5 million square feet project that includes more than 1,000 flats in blocks as tall as 30 storeys, the source told Reuters.´If the project goes ahead it will be one of biggest developments the area has seen.

Carlyle, which has $153 billion in assets under management, bought six properties out of administration in July 2010 for 670 million pounds. It plans to knock down two, on the south bank of the River Thames, as part of the project.

The proposals, which are being drawn up by PLP Architects, include about 300,000 square feet of offices and 200,000 square feet of shops. It will be the latest in a series of large-scale redevelopment schemes on the south bank of the Thames.

In a joint venture with Development Securities (DSC.L), Carlyle lost out to Canary Wharf Group (CWG) and Qatari Diar in a bid to develop the nearby Shell Centre further earlier this year.

CWG is majority owned by Songbird Estates (SBDE.L).

Sellar Group is developing a 1,016-feet tall skyscraper called The Shard and a neighbouring 500 million pounds block next to London Bridge train station. It hopes to attract financial services tenants from the City financial district, just north of the River Thames.

The Carlyle story first appeared in the London Evening Standard on Friday.
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Increased take-up of office space in Central London

Take up of office space in Central London rose to 2.7m sq ft in the third quarter of 2011 - the strongest performance of the year to date, according to the latest Central London property market review from CBRE.

Almost all Central London markets recorded increases in take-up from the previous quarter, with the largest increase seen for office space in the City of London, strengthening to 0.9m sq ft from 744,000 sq ft in Q2. The exception was office space in the West End, which fell below 1m sq ft for the first time since Q3 2009 due to a large drop in newly completed space.

In spite of the better Q3 performance, take-up remained below the 10-year average of 2.9m sq ft and has been below this average for the last three quarters. The lack of demand from the banking and finance sector has been the primary explanation of this; the sector’s share of total take-up was 18% in Q3 and 22% for the first three quarters, which compares with an average of 29% over the last 10 years and 41% last year.

The amount of space under offer remains encouragingly high at 1.1m sq ft despite falling over the quarter and is on par with the long-term average. With only 1.7m sq ft scheduled for completion, this year is on course to be one of the lowest on record for development completions.

Just as the last quarter, prime rents were unchanged across all the Central London markets with City and West End prime rents staying at £55.00 per sq ft and £92.50 per sq ft respectively.

Central London investment volumes were £1.4bn for the third quarter, 42% lower than the previous quarter; however, total investment for the first three quarters was £6.8bn which is £1bn ahead of the same period a year ago. The West End witnessed the two largest deals and four of the top ten, and at £0.8bn it accounted for 58% of all Central London investments.
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Continuing the trend of a succession of new towers in London's Vauxhall Bridge area are these ones from Allies and Morrison who are leading the design for a scheme that will regenerate a small part of land next to the key Covent Garden Market site.

The development will consist of eight major buildings on one of the most easterly pieces of land owned by CLS Holdings, with Wandsworth Road running to the north, and Miles Street cutting through the site. Seven of these buildings will be new with the other being a renovation of the existing Victorian terraces to the north east of Miles Street.

In total the project will host 604 residential units, plus retail space, 15,114 square metres of offices, and a new hotel. There will also be a new street market on the site plus a number of cafes and eateries.

Most notable on the skyline will be two twin towers of 53-storeys each using the signature grid-like façade that Allies and Morrison has become noted for. They should be tall enough to stand out amongst the crop of towers planned for the area - the Vauxhall Bondway plot is to the immediate south, Market Towers are to the north, and Vauxhall Cross Island sits on the north-east. As such the heights of the buildings step up along Wandsworth Road to fit in with the cluster that is emerging there.
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Anglo-French property developer Hammerson plans to begin construction on its £485m Principal Place office scheme in April next year after the group said it expected to sign its first pre-let deal before Christmas.

Hammerson said yesterday negotiations are progressing with law firm CMS Cameron McKenna to take up one-third of the 600,000 square feet of office space in the scheme near London’s Liverpool Street.

The development comes as economic uncertainty continues to dampen rental demand in the sector. Occupancy across Hammerson’s overall portfolio fell to 97.1 per cent in the third quarter from 97.2 per cent while retail occupancy fell from 97.2 to 96.9 per cent.
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London's Tech City growth hailed by PM Cameron

The UK Prime Minister has unveiled an interactive map of East London's technology cluster, revealing more than 600 firms in the area.

The Tech City map highlights the expansion of Old Street's "silicon roundabout". By comparison there were around 200 tech firms based there last year.

The government said it was acting to support the area's success.

However, some businesses claimed they did not want the attention.

"One year ago we made a major commitment to helping the tech cluster in East London grow," said David Cameron.

"The successful growth we see today is thanks to the talented, creative entrepreneurs who have decided to set up there.

"As a government, we are determined to continue doing everything we can to help support and accelerate this growth."
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Retailers at greater risk, says Land Securities chief

Land Securities, the UK's largest listed commercial property company, has warned there is an increased risk of retailers collapsing because of the uncertainty in the economy.



The property company, which owns Cabot Circus shopping centre in Bristol, White Rose in Leeds and St David's in Cardiff, said the outlook was "challenging" for retail because of a "larger than anticipated" and inflation-driven fall in households' disposable income.

The value of Land Securities retail portfolio grew by just 1.1pc in the half year to September 30 – less than half the 2.9pc growth in London – with rents flat in the company's shopping centre portfolio.

Francis Salway, chief executive, said: "The retail outlook remains challenging and, in the absence of market-wide rental value growth, the onus is on property owners to actively manage assets to create value. It is clear that with the larger than anticipated fall in household disposable income, pressures on retail sales have increased and there is a greater risk of insolvency amongst retailers."

However, Mr Salway said Land Securities had posted "solid results" despite the "uncertain and changeable times". The company is spending £1.6bn on London and retail developments including the "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper and was boosted by a 6.6pc increase in the value of these projects.

Mr Salway said: "In the context of ongoing economic uncertainty and widespread commercial caution, we are benefiting from the financial strength of our main customer community – large corporates. This is flowing through into occupational requirements, both in London offices and in retail."
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The London River Park: place for the people or a private playground?

The London River Park is a proposed floating green space on the Thames that could be ready in time for the Olympics. But is it really a 'public' amenity. Our architecture critic charts the stealthy rise of pseudo-public spaces.

What could be lovelier? A new park on the river Thames, south-facing to catch the sun, which like something in a fairytale would also float. Here people could bask and stroll, close to the lapping water, or splash in a swimming pool. It would be ready for the blessed summer of 2012, enriched not only by the Olympics, but also by the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year rule. It would make a perfect viewing point for joyous throngs to watch the 1,000-boat river pageant that is planned for the Queen's Jubilee. It would be like those Venetian paintings of aquatic festivals in La Serenissima, brought to life in the here and now.

The park, invented and designed by the architects Gensler, would run from the Millennium bridge and St Paul's Cathedral to close to the Tower of London and Tower bridge, linking some of London's prime tourist spots. It would serve the City of London, an area short of open space. It would be there for five years, after which it could be taken away if people didn't like it. It would also cost the public nothing. The Singaporean asset-management company Venus will pay the entire £50m cost, and has already put £5m into developing the idea, including building a 35-metre model of a 35km stretch of the Thames, to test the park's hydrographic effects. "We either do it beautifully," says John Naylor of Venus, "or we don't do it at all", to which end Venus doubled the budget that Gensler asked it for.

Boris Johnson is enthused. After an impromptu Sunday morning meeting with Gensler and Venus, he declared: "The sheer beauty and design brilliance of this structure will provide yet another amazing and unique attraction for the capital." Daniel Moylan, of Transport for London, has said of it that "improved connectivity, gracefully designed, can bring pleasure and joy to an area once written off". The outgoing Lord Mayor of London, Michael Bear, was said to favour the scheme, as a legacy of his mayoral year, although the Corporation of London would not confirm this. Gensler and Venus claim "overwhelming backing from Londoners" although this turns out to be based on an unscientific poll of whoever turned up to two exhibitions of the proposals.

But there is, as the economists have taught us, no free lunch. Venus is not putting up all this money out of the pure goodness of its heart nor, entirely, to raise its "brand awareness" in London, as John Naylor puts it, although that is a factor. It is "looking to create a platform for inward investment" and intends to make money renting out pavilions in the park for corporate exhibitions and events, at a handsome rate. It also thinks it can sell space to TV companies, especially during the Olympics, using Tower bridge as a backdrop. It is almost certainly right. This means that the park is not a "public space", as Gensler calls it, but a private space into which the public are allowed to come, subject to certain limitations.

In this it is the latest example of a widespread type of the 21st century, the pseudo-public space, in which the City of London and its satellites are world leaders. The Broadgate development of the 1980s was a pioneer, followed by Canary Wharf, Paternoster Square next to St Paul's, and the More London development where City Hall, the headquarters of the Mayor of London, stands. In each the shapes and attributes of town squares are imitated – an oblong or round shape, outdoor art, cafe tables, fountains – and sometimes real public assets are created, but ultimate control is in the hands of private landowners. As Anna Minton pointed out in her book Ground Control, they control security, access, and rules of entry. Activities and people deemed undesirable, such as photography with a tripod, public displays of affection, picnics, or chaining up a bicycle, are banned. Or public protest, and you don't have to wish to protest yourself to sense the oppressive feeling that things are prohibited. The most extreme example is the "public park" promised for the top of the forthcoming "Walkie Talkie" tower in the City. By no stretch of the imagination is a roofed-over room in a private office tower, reached via security-controlled lifts and lobbies, "public".

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British Land keeps positive on London

British Land, the UK property developer, on Tuesday maintained its positive medium-term outlook for the central London office market even though companies might be wary of taking on new leases amid the current economic uncertainty.

Reporting a 2.2 per cent first-half increase in the value of its property portfolio, British Land said demand from occupiers had been “subdued” in the City of London, although the broader central London office market had performed well.

“It is nobody’s surprise in the current environment that the number of people who are doing lettings is somewhat lower,” said Chris Grigg, British Land chief executive.However, the company said it was well-placed to take advantage of a relative shortage of supply, adding that demand would be supported by lease expiries. “From our perspective, things look pretty good,” said Mr Grigg.

In spite of the depressed state of consumer confidence in the UK, Mr Grigg said there was still demand from retailers for its sites. The total value of British Land’s property portfolio rose 2.2 per cent to £10.2bn in the six months to September 30, driven by a 5.3 per cent increase in the value of its offices, while its retail estate rose 0.7 per cent.

Net asset value per share rose 4.2 per cent to 591p over the same period when calculated on an underlying basis consistent with European Public Real Estate Association guidelines.

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The NSW Government will expand its international presence with a new business office to be opened in the United Kingdom in the next few months, Acting NSW Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner announced today.

Mr Stoner made the announcement whilst addressing Advance, a global network of over 20,000 Australians living abroad. “We intend to open an office in London by March next year,” Mr Stoner said. “The NSW Government is determined to expand our international markets as part of our commitment to rebuilding the State’s economy and making NSW number one.

“London is a global business hub and one of the world’s leading financial centres, making it an ideal location for an international office.

“The UK is the second largest source of total foreign investment in Australia, our fifth largest two-way trading partner and our leading EU trade partner. It is also one of NSW’s most lucrative export markets, delivering substantial value to the State’s economy. These economic ties are strengthened by the reciprocal travel and migration flows between our two countries.

“The UK is Australia's second largest source of visitors after New Zealand, with more than 650,000 UK citizens visiting Australia in 2009-10.

“Around 950,000 Australians also visit the UK each year, and more than 106,000 Australians are currently living there, almost half of them in London. The London office will drive investment, and promote exports and the R&D capabilities of our key industry sectors including financial services, clean technology and health and medical services.

“Building on the large base of existing investment also gives us the opportunity to focus on reinvestment by British companies.

“Despite global economic uncertainty, the UK will continue to offer significant opportunities for NSW, particularly with its close proximity to the EU, which has a combined GDP greater than the United States. London remains one of the world’s leading financial centres.

“Establishing an on-the-ground presence will allow the NSW Government to effectively promote, access and maintain key corporate and government relationships and match NSW strengths to opportunities in the UK.

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Security and stability are London's big attractions, as well as liquidity and well-kept property registers. The euro zone crisis has accelerated a trend already being driven by the weakness of the pound.

"London is a place to put cash outside of the euro zone, and certainly outside of the south European countries," said Liam Bailey, head of residential research at international property broker Knight Frank. "It's fair to say that is a real and live trend." The euro zone is mired in a sovereign debt crisis that has brought turmoil to global markets and upheaval to the governments of Greece and Italy.

The possibility of Greece returning to the drachma, and the much more remote chance of Italy leaving the euro, has been enough to fan interest in bricks and mortar, not just away from southern Europe but outside the euro zone completely. "Our agents are telling us that there is renewed interest from euro zone buyers both within the countries that are particularly affected but also from the wider euro zone," said Lucian Cook, a director of residential research at upmarket property agent Savills.

Knight Frank data shows that interest in the London property market is largely reflecting the severity of the debt crisis in the countries hardest hit. Greek buyers accounted for 2.63 percent of upmarket property purchases in London in the year to date. That's up from 1.7 percent a year earlier. Italians are at 2.63 percent from 1.9 percent over the same period and Spaniards account for 0.7 percent, up from 0.6 percent.

Buyers from the Middle East and North Africa have also been more active in the wake of the Arab Spring and the super wealthy in Asia have been capitalising on the weakness of the pound to snap up prime properties in the UK capital.

Separate data from Knight Frank shows about 7.8 billion pounds of prime London property deals were done in the year to September, with Italian, Spanish and Greek buyers accounting for 393.8 million pounds, or 5.1 percent.

Typically, wealthy southern Europeans are buying properties worth at least 1 million pounds in London's well-heeled Chelsea and South Kensington areas as pure investments, second homes, or accommodation for children studying at university.

As early as May, these buyers were being targeted by property agents as motivated buyers in London's elite enclaves, such as Mayfair and Belgravia, as they sought to escape the sovereign debt woes plaguing Europe's southern periphery. "In a European context, London has performed better than any other significant city," Bailey said, referring primarily to alternative capitals like Paris and Berlin.

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Farringdon 'to be a new shopping Mecca'

Farringdon could follow the City's One New Change with its own signature shopping destination when the £16 billion Crossrail link opens, Derwent London boss John Burns said today.

"We're going to have a million and half more people going to Farringdon. I wouldn't be surprised to see some major retail in there at some stage," he said.

Derwent's pipeline looks set for a Crossrail bounce with its Turnmill and Buckley Building developments in Farringdon, as well as its Central Cross scheme just up the road from Tottenham Court Road's Crossrail station.

In Farringdon, rents are currently sitting at between £30 and £40 per square foot. The advent of Crossrail should send this firmly past the £40 mark, although Burns cautioned: "Projections are for people with cinemas."

Derwent remains "mindful" of the worsening economic backdrop, but has seen none of the drop-off in enquiries which have been reported in recent weeks by major, City-focused developers.

The firm's Angel Building is fully let after nine months and today Derwent secured a 22,000 square foot letting to lastminute.com at its Johnson Building in Hatton Garden.

The company completed 27 lettings during the third quarter, generating £4.8 million in rent.
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The £285 million sale of London's iconic Tower 42 to South African property billionaire Nathan Kirsh today heralded a frantic burst of wheeler-dealing on City property in the weeks ahead.

Kirsh's swoop for the former NatWest headquarters, for years Britain's tallest building and host to Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes' restaurant, comes as foreign money seeking a safe haven continues to flood into the capital.

Bidders are also circling the £1 billion portfolio of London properties put up for sale in September by German property fund KanAm, including Deutsche Bank's Winchester House UK headquarters and Thomson Reuters' European base at Canary Wharf.

The sale is being handled by agent Knight Frank and a winner is set to emerge before Christmas.

The 607 ft Tower 42, designed to look like the NatWest logo from above, has been on the market since April last year.

Owners Blackrock UK Property Fund and LaSalle Investment Management nearly struck a deal with Chinese billionaire Joseph Lau last year but it fell through.
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Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea FC, has held discussions with the lenders to Battersea Power Station about taking control of the site as part of his plans to move the Premier League football club.

he Sunday Telegraph understands that the lenders to the landmark power station prefer Mr Abramovich’s plans above others also vying for control of the site.
The lenders are led by Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency (Nama), the government-owned entity which manages €70bn (£60bn) of property as a result of the country’s banking crisis.The discussions happened earlier this year and are not believed to be live at present.

Real Estate Opportunities (REO), the owner of Battersea Power Station, says it is close to announcing a deal with an alternative overseas investor who could buy the debt connected to the £500m site. However, Nama and Lloyds Banking Group, the other main lender, are vital to the future of the power station because £300m of debt backing the site matured on August 31 without being repaid by REO.

The Irish developer has admitted this “can currently be called on demand” and has been seeking an investor to repay the debt and rescue the project. The lenders will have to approve any new investor.

Mr Abramovich is believed to have explored creating a new leisure and retail complex alongside a new Chelsea stadium at the power station. The Russian oligarch also explored improving transport links with an aerial cable car system similar to the one planned in east London, which would be used to transport tens of thousands of fans from the club’s west London heartland to its new home south of the river.

One of the reasons Nama and Lloyds are believed to be keen on Mr Abramovich’s plan is because it would bring not only financial certainty – his fortune is estimated to be in excess of £7bn – but provide a vibrant new use for the historic site.

A Chelsea spokesman said: “We have talked to various people with interests in Battersea Power Station, but we haven’t had any substantive discussions with anyone with regards to that particular site for several months.”

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