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    Press releases - 02 August 2016

    Urban Splash and Pears acquire Office Village in just five working days

    02 August 2016

    The joint venture partnership of Urban Splash and Pears Group has announced its acquisition of the 46,000 sq ft Office Village scheme located by Exchange Quay in Salford Quays.

    The deal was concluded in just five working days; terms were agreed with the vendor – a major fund – on Friday 22nd July before completion on the 29th.

    This latest acquisition of Office Village bolsters the JV portfolio to almost one million sq ft of office space, speaking of it Nathan Cornish, director at Urban Splash, said: “I am thrilled we were able to act fast and add another great asset with loads of potential to our portfolio with Pears.

    “Our JV partnership which owns and manages thriving commercial assets goes from strength to strength; we are fortunate to have access to substantial funds to acquire assets for cash, along with a great team and quick decision making culture that can move quickly when we identify an asset we like. We can't wait to get stuck into refurbishing the scheme and offering workspaces in an exciting commercial area.”

    Added Dan Crossley who acted on behalf of the JV: “The speed of this purchase underlines the confidence that Urban Splash and Pears, two very experienced investors, have in the property market post BREXIT. Completing in such tight timescales shows how decisive investors with conviction can drive deals through, something recognised by the vendors who chose the JV over other potential bidders."

    Urban Splash will now drive forward the refurbishment of the building – which overlooks the Manchester Ship Canal – to bring it in line with the rest of its commercial portfolio. The company is meeting with architects today to update and improve the development before marketing the 50% vacant space within the scheme, added Nathan: “Although not an obvious Urban Splash building, being a slightly tired, 1990s office block, we have lots ideas how we can improve the space with an Urban Splash touch. I can’t wait to get stuck in and bring something new to an exciting commercial area.”

    Concluded Jonathan Rose, Group MD of Pears: “This joint venture portfolio continues to perform and we are always on the lookout for new opportunities of this kind to bolster our assets.”

    Urban Splash has also made sole acquisitions this past year of buildings including the former Regiment pub in Castlefield, Phoenix Mill in Ancoats plus sites in Walsall, Salford and the Civic Centre in Plymouth.

    Dan Crossley of WHR acted for Urban Splash and Pears, while Metis acted for the vendor.

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