LaSalle agrees to acquire office property in Hamburg on behalf of Encore+
MUNICH (September 23, 2019) — LaSalle has advised on the acquisition of a highly visible office building located in Hamburg`s City South, Hamburg´s second largest office submarket, located adjacent to the CBD on behalf of the Encore+ fund.
Economic Quarter is a newly-refurbished, highly visible office spread over 28,000m² and ten floors. It also comprises a showroom for Mercedes Benz. City South is currently one of the fastest developing submarkets and is emerging as a major business location, attracting a wide range of companies from the financial, consulting and IT sectors as a headquarters location. The area provides excellent public transportation and amenities. The overall quality of this important market has also profited from recent large-scale residential developments, turning City South into a more lively and attractive location.
The total office take-up in Hamburg has been strong and steadily increasing over the last decade. Hamburg’s vacancy rate has been decreasing since 2015 and is approaching a five-year low. At the end of Q2 2019, modern office space available for immediate leasing amounted to 398,000m² in Hamburg, which constituted 2.9% of the total stock.
.David Ironside, Fund Manager of Encore+, LaSalle Investment Management, said: “I am delighted that we have agreed to acquire the Economic Quarter, which fits well within Encore+’s strategy to acquire asset high quality properties in major cities in Western Europe. Hamburg is a new market for Encore+ and one of the top German office markets, providing further diversification within Germany. The high quality of the tenants provide secure income in this asset, in a location with excellent access and in addition the opportunity to capture rental uplift.”
LaSalle was advised by Mayer Brown (Legal&Tax); Drees & Sommer (Tech); Linklaters (Antitrust legislation); Howden (Insurance Broker); Liberty, Lloyds (Insurance); Colliers (Buy-side adviser); Colliers (Valuation); and CBRE (RCA Report).
The investment strategy for Encore+ focuses on improving assets and creating growth by seeking opportunities to actively manage assets to deliver superior income returns.
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