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WELPUT sells Tothill Street office for £55.4m

WELPUT has exchanged contracts to sell the freehold interest in 21 Tothill Street, London SW1 for £55.4 million.


WELPUTi, a specialist fund investing in Central London offices, managed by Schroders and advised by Quintain Estates and Development plc, has exchanged contracts to sell the freehold interest in 21 Tothill Street, London SW1 for £55.4 million reflecting a net initial yield of 3.4%.

Originally acquired in 2010 for £28.6 million, the business plan for the 65,000 sq ft office building had been to carry out a comprehensive refurbishment, re-letting and sale following the expiry of the lease to Towers Watson due in March 2015.

Nigel J. Kempner of Quintain Estates and Development plc, Property Adviser to the Trust, commented:

"Tothill Street was originally acquired to benefit from the improving office market in Westminster with a strong tenant in occupation. We have taken advantage of a strong capital market to sell our interest before the tenant vacates, crystallise the excellent return on our investment and re-cycle our capital.”

WELPUT was represented by Strutt & Parker. The purchaser was represented by DTZ.

i West End of London Property Unit Trust (WELPUT)

For further information, please contact:

Estelle Bibby, Schroders

+44 (0)20 7658 3431 /

Dido Laurimore / Ellie Sweeney,  FTI Consulting on behalf of WELPUT

+44 (0)20 3727 1000

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West End of London Property Unit Trust (WELPUT) was established in 2001 as a closed ended property unit trust under the laws of Jersey. WELPUT was converted to a more open ended structure in 2014 with the approval of its Holders. The aim of WELPUT is to provide investors with an exposure to the central London office market. The objective is to outperform the market as measured by Investment Property Databank (IPD).

The primary investment focus is office properties in central London. Due to the nature of properties within central London there will be elements of other uses such as retail and residential. The intention is to focus the portfolio on large multi-let buildings. WELPUT is reserved for experienced investors who must be aware of the risks attaching to the investment.

The manager of WELPUT is Schroder Property Managers (Jersey) Limited, one of the largest managers of Jersey Property Unit Trusts, covering various sectors of the UK market.

Quintain Estates and Development plc is the property adviser to WELPUT having acquired Grafton Advisors (2006) LLP, a partnership formed by the former senior management of Benchmark Group PLC who founded WELPUT in 2001.

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