LaSalle’s Encore+ Fund acquires a prime urban logistics asset near Paris
PARIS (October 29, 2019) — LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”), the global real estate investment manager, has advised its pan-European fund Encore+ on an acquisition of an urban logistics warehouse on the edge of Paris. The property is single let to a blue-chip tenant.
The property is located in Gonesse, a popular and well-established logistics submarket in the north of the city of Paris. It is ideally situated on the main distribution axis between north and south France, strategically located at the crossroads between the A1 and A3 motorways and close to both Paris-Le Bourget Airport and Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Gonesse’s thriving urban logistics market hosts globally renowned occupiers such as Amazon and the logistics group GEODIS. The area is also set for development as two new metro stations of the line 17 will be built in the vicinity of the property as part of the Grand Paris project. In addition, the €3bn EuropaCity project, a major retail, residential and cultural hub, is expected to be developed on the adjacent land plot.
The property is fitted to a class A specification and offers close to 25,000m² of rental space, consisting of four storage cells, 26 docking bays and office space.
David Ironside, Fund Manager of Encore+, LaSalle Investment Management, said: “This is a great asset close to Paris in one of Europe’s fastest-growing logistics markets. Thanks to the significant growth of e-commerce in France – the online share of total retail sales in France is currently growing at a double-digit rate – the demand for urban logistics continues to increase. The development of the town of Gonesse will be a constraint on the supply of further logistics capacity in the area. This indicates that the asset will experience a positive supply-demand dynamic while delivering long-term secured income in the coming years.”
Beverley Shadbolt, Country Manager for France at LaSalle Investment Management adds: “After the acquisition and development of our logistics project in Tigery announced at the beginning of the year, this is another important acquisition for Encore+ that strengthens our position in the logistics sector in France. It once again proves our ability to seize excellent opportunities in France.”
LaSalle was advised by C&C (Notary), Baker McKenzie (Lawyers), Etypo (Technical) and KPMG (Tax).
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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