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Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC) (Charter Hall or the Group) has announced that it has exchanged contracts to purchase a three building amalgamated holding on Queen Street Mall known as No. 1 Brisbane, located in Brisbane’s CBD, for a net price of $93.96 million. The purchase price represents a core cap rate of 7.45% and a fully let passing yield (including income support) of 7.9%.
No.1 Brisbane comprises three adjoining retail/office buildings extending to a total lettable area of over 10,000sqm. The buildings are located on three separate titles with three separate frontages to Queen Street Mall, George Street and Burnett Lane, comprising 217 George Street, 60 Queen Street and 231 George Street as detailed below:
Charter Hall Group CEO and Managing Director David Harrison commented on the strategic acquisition:
“This is a rare opportunity to acquire three prime retail/office buildings, at close to office values per square metre, that have created a fantastic amalgamated future redevelopment opportunity which can be held over the medium term in a CBD undergoing significant infrastructure improvements."
This acquisition will be used as a seed asset for a new investment strategy. These acquisitions give us and our future capital partners optionality, given an existing 81-storey approved tower scheme, to consider either redevelopment longer term whilst we actively manage and lease up vacancies. Eventually our vision would see a new development like the successful 333 George Street project in Sydney CBD opposite Martin Place completed".
The revitalisation of the George Street spine has seen the riverfront precinct evolve into a premium location, now home to leading corporate and government agency tenants including Santos, Suncorp, Brisbane City Council, Shell, Telstra and the recently committed QSuper.