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Investec backs Floreat’s real estate team with GBP20m loan to support acquisition of a West London multi-let office building


Investec Structured Property Finance (Investec) has provided Floreat’s real estate team with a GBP19.3 million five-year facility to support its acquisition of a 99,990 sq ft office building at The Old Vinyl Factory development in West London.

Floreat, the independent and privately-owned investment group, has bought the Shipping Building in Hayes which sits within one of the capital’s most significant regeneration schemes and is set to benefit from the arrival of Crossrail.
 
The building is let to seven occupiers including Air transport technology leaders SITA, wireless hi-fi pioneers Sonos and global IT providers CHAMP Cargo Systems. Floreat plans to refurbish some of the office space and capture future reversion.
 
The multi-let building is located five minutes’ walk from the Hayes & Harlington Crossrail station which opens in 2018, with fast access by rail to both Central London (Paddington 15 minutes) and Heathrow (nine minutes). The wider GBP250m regeneration of The Old Vinyl Factory will comprise 642 residential units, 500,000 sq. ft. of office space and a variety of restaurants and shops once complete.
 
Jonathan Long at Investec Structured Property Finance, says: “The Shipping Building is well-let and carries asset management opportunities as well as the ability to drive reversion. This is our first transaction with Floreat and we look forward to building on this relationship in the future, backed by our expertise including development and investment funding across different sectors.”
 
Gavin Booth, Investment Director at Floreat, adds: “We were pleased to work with Investec to secure financing on the asset, which allows us flexibility to execute our business plan.
 
“The regeneration of the Old Vinyl Factory, together with the arrival of Crossrail, presents a compelling investment opportunity and supports our longer-term strategy of investing in growth locations both in London and the rest of the UK.”
 

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