Europa Capital and its joint venture partner, global integrated property group Goodman, have pre-let a 110,000 square foot prime warehouse facility to Kent County Council (KCC) at New Hythe Commercial Park, Kent.
KCC has agreed a 25 year lease for the new warehouse facility, demonstrating the council’s commitment to New Hythe Commercial Park. The facility will be occupied by Kent County Supplies (KCS), the Education Supplies Division of Commercial Services, which is KCC’s wholly-owned trading company.
The development of the new building will be funded by Europa Capital and Goodman and will be completed and ready for occupation by Kent County Supplies by the end of the 2013 calendar year.
The letting is the first agreed at New Hythe Commercial Park, and follows news earlier this year that Goodman has secured detailed planning permission to develop three Grade A warehouses on site, totalling 232,000 sq ft of high quality warehouse space.
New Hythe Commercial Park is situated 1.5 miles from Junction 4 of the M20, and only 14 miles from the M25, providing convenient access to the South East and wider UK transport network. A further 5.5 acres of land is available for the development of additional units.
Charles Crossland, Managing Director, Goodman UK Logistics said:
“Goodman and Europa Capital have invested heavily in the outline infrastructure at New Hythe Commercial Park, and recently secured detailed planning consent for the scheme. The reward for this preparation has made the transition as smooth as possible and means that Kent County Supplies’ new facility will meet their business plan requirements and be fully operational by the end of the year.”
Ian McPherson OBE BEM, Managing Director, Commercial Services said:
“We are delighted to be working with Goodman and Europa Capital on this critical development for our organisation. Commercial Services, as a company wholly-owned by Kent County Council, is undergoing a major organisational transformation to place it in a much stronger and commercially agile position to meet the challenges of the future in returning superior value to its shareholder, KCC. This new warehouse and office complex will support this strategy in providing a completely fit-for-purpose operational base for Kent County Supplies, one of the key divisions within Commercial Services, supplying products and services to a widespread educational customer base, comprising schools and colleges across the south east of England and beyond.”
CBRE and Altus Edwin Hill represented Goodman and Europa Capital. Michael Rogers represented Commercial Services.
For further information on Europa please contact:
Gordon Simpson/Charlotte Whitley, RLM Finsbury: +44 20 7251 3801
For further information on Goodman please contact:
Philippa Murray020 7269 9300 email@example.com
Europa Capital is an established real estate fund management group operating across Europe adding value through risk-based acquisition strategies and active asset management on behalf of its investors.
Since 1995, Europa Capital’s Principals have collectively raised 7 real estate funds and committed to over 75 transactions totalling some €7.0 billion across 18 European countries.
The Europa Funds benefit from Europa Capital’s established network of partners across Europe who co-invest in acquisitions made by the Europa Funds. These country and joint venture partner relationships in some cases extend back more than 20 years.
Further information can be found at www.europacapital.com.
Europa Capital is a member of The Rockefeller Group (“”RGI””). RGI is a strategic investor alongside Management.
Europa Capital Partners LLP and Europa Capital LLP are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
About Goodman Group (ASX: GMG):
Goodman Group is an integrated property group with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, North America and Brazil. Goodman Group, comprised of the stapled entities Goodman Limited, Goodman Industrial Trust and Goodman Logistics (HK) Limited, is the largest industrial property group listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the largest listed specialist fund managers of industrial property and business space globally.
Goodman’s global property expertise, integrated own+develop+manage customer service offering and significant fund management platform ensures it creates innovative property solutions that meet the individual requirements of its customers, whilst seeking to deliver attractive long-term returns for investors. In Europe, Goodman has offices in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
Please visit: http://uklogistics.goodman.com/ www.goodman.com