Further commercial success for the RO with the sale of its property in Lytham St Anne's to Savills Investment Management
12 month real estate dealflow now in excess of £54 million
The RO announces the sale of its property in Lytham St Anne’s to Savills Investment Management for £6.7 million, bringing its total of sales and acquisitions to in excess of £54 million over a 12 month period.
The property in Lytham St Anne’s was originally acquired with two floors of tired offices above retail space. With a strong location underpinning the investment opportunity, the RO was able to acquire planning to add an extra floor to the building and convert the office space into a Travelodge Hotel. This dramatically improved both the hotel and the retail premises below.
Overall the site has now been transformed into a thriving trading location in a popular costal town, with 90% of income secured to national covenants and AWULT of 15 years.
The sale is part of the RO’s ongoing strategy to reposition its property portfolio and to recycle the proceeds for re-investment into core income and value-adding opportunities predominantly in the South East of England.
The RO is a family owned trading and investment business which has a long heritage of investing in real estate assets. It has been an active and successful 12 months for the RO’s Real Estate division, which recently appointed David Kershaw from Balfour Beatty Group, as their new General Manager and has now sold 5 sites for a total combined value in excess of £37 million. The Group has also been actively acquiring properties and has made 3 new investments for a combined total in excess of £17 million.
Over the next decade the RO has a prospective development programme with a gross development value in excess of £200 million and the business owns or manages over 1,000,000 square foot of commercial property across the UK, predominantly in the South East of England.
Nick Moore, Senior Investment Manager for RO Real Estate commented:
We are proud to see our hard work and investment on this asset pay off. The transformational work done at Lytham is testament to our asset and development management teams who have significantly increased value through their efforts. The sale followed a highly competitive bidding process, which demonstrated strong investor demand for long income assets. We look forward to recycling this capital.
CBRE advised the RO and Savills Investment Management were represented by Savills on this transaction.
David Kershaw, General Manager added:
We believe in developing strong and committed relationships and have established a core group of advisers who bring us opportunities that match our criteria with an initial value of between £2 million and £7 million. We are actively rebalancing our commercial property portfolio and as a family owned business can make decisions quickly and efficiently with access to a healthy balance sheet. We would welcome the opportunity to hear from more partners with investment ideas, particularly with an emphasis on development opportunities.