Schroders acquires €130 million Berlin asset in joint venture
Schroder Real Estate has acquired the “Victoriastadt Lofts” office building in Berlin on behalf of a joint-venture between Immobilien Europa Direkt (IED), an investment vehicle of Zurich Investment Foundation managed by Schroders, and the Finnish pension fund Ilmarinen. The asset comprises more than 68,500 sq m of offices and storage, is fully income producing and located in an area which is expected to continue to grow.
The asset is located in Berlin-Friedrichshain in the Eastern part of Berlin, close to the neighbourhoods of Friedrichshain and the emerging TMT hub of Mediaspree, as well as Berlin’s “Ostkreuz” station - one of the capital’s busiest transport hubs.
The multi-tenant asset is let to predominantly public sector/government-related tenants, providing a secure, long-term cash-flow and an average lease term of 6.5 years. German state pension fund Deutsche Rentenversicherung is the anchor tenant together with Deutsche Post, market research and opinion polling company Forsa Institute and Rocket Internet.
Tony Smedley, Head of Continental European Investment, Schroder Real Estate said:
“This is a key strategic acquisition in an area of Berlin that we believe will continue to grow and develop in the next 5-10 years. Ostkreuz is a dynamic sub-market where new and improving infrastructure will reap long term benefits. We are delighted to have completed this acquisition on behalf of IED and our strategic partner, Ilmarinen, a valued institutional client of the firm”.
Immobilien Europa Direkt is an investment group of Zurich Investment Foundation. It provides investors with a diversified portfolio of commercial real estate in the main western European markets and is tailored to the needs and requirements of Swiss pension funds.
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