◆ 7 floors
◆ ± 14,000 sq m office space
◆ ± 1,100 sq m of common areas
and a restaurant area of 889 sq m
◆ 160 parking units
01 The opportunity
02 The challenges
Despite the many positive features of this building, our teams had to face some challenges along the way. Firstly, Ghent needed to be introduced as more than a secondary city in Belgium. In order to attract foreign institutional investors, potential buyers had to learn that Ghent is foremost the second most important city of Flanders in terms of office space.
Another challenge was the difficulty of managing the transaction structure knowing that it was a forward sale. Started in the summer of 2017, the Diamond building had however the benefit to be completely pre-let before delivery.
03 The solution
Therefore, our team have directly put the focus on creating some liquidity in order to build a competitive environment and on giving a detailed underwriting of the location to draw attention to the many strong points of the Diamond building.
After that, based on the timing of execution, the investor track record as well as the pricing recommended, our team decided to organize a competitive two round bidding process which resulted in finding the perfect candidate for this exceptional project.
04 The results
All this work paid off and ended with a successful sale of the Diamond building to Union Investment Real Estate at an exceptional sales price that resulted in a record low yield for the Flemish office market. Our Capital Markets team made sure to obtain a truly secure transaction by focusing on investors with a strong investment profile and a serious track record.
This project provided Cushman & Wakefield with a great opportunity to show once more their extensive market knowledge to help Global Estate Group & Life Tree Group realize their objectives.
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