UK Property

CDL buys London commercial building for £183m

City Developments Limited (CDL) announced on Friday morning that it has acquired a prime freehold Grade A commercial building in London for £183 million (S$328 million). The project, Aldgate House, is located in the district of Aldgate, right beside Aldgate Underground Station and with six other stations within a five-minute walk. CDL said the acquisition was undertaken "as part of its focus on...

SPH buying UK student housing portfolio for £180.5m

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has acquired a portfolio of 14 purpose-built student accommodation buildings across six towns and cities in the United Kingdom for about £180.5 million (S$321 million) cash, it announced early on Monday morning. The buildings, acquired from the Unite Group, have a total capacity of 3,436 beds. They include 10 freehold assets and four leasehold assets, and are located in...

Ascendas Reit planning to acquire 12 UK logistics properties

Ascendas Reit has entered into a share purchase agreement with two third-party vendors, Oxenwood Catalina Midco Limited and Oxenwood Catalina II Midco, to acquire 10 companies for £207.27 million (S$373.15 million). The companies own the 12 logistics properties which have a total land area of about 549,201 square metres and are sited on freehold and 999-year leasehold land. A valuation report by...

Ho Bee Land acquires freehold Grade A London property with £650m investment

Ho Bee Land announced on Sunday that it has acquired a freehold 21-storey Grade A office building in London, by purchasing its owner Frasia Properties Sàrl for £650 million (approximately S$1.16 billion). Registered in Luxembourg, Frasia Properties Sàrl owns the property known as Ropemaker Place, a 21-storey Grade A office building comprising approximately 602,000 square feet of commercial...

Ho Bee Land sells London office block for £94.5 million

PROPERTY group Ho Bee Land has entered into a deal to sell Rose Court, an office block in Southwark, London to an unrelated Guernsey property unit trust for £94.5 million (S$167.5 million). The buyer has paid a deposit of 10 per cent of the sale price and the balance will be payable upon completion on Feb 21, 2017. The transaction is a cash purchase, Ho Bee said in a news release issued after the close...

Most foreign firms owning London property are registered in tax havens: report

The vast majority of overseas companies that own property in London, including many used by individuals to help disguise their ownership, are registered in tax havens, according to a report by Transparency International UK and Thomson Reuters. Just over 90 per cent of the 23,653 overseas companies owning 44,022 land titles in London were registered in places such as the British Virgin islands, Jersey,...

London to launch inquiry into foreign property ownership: report

London's mayor Sadiq Khan will launch an inquiry into foreign ownership of property in the British capital which has helped push up housing costs, the Guardian newspaper cited him as saying on Thursday. "It's clear we need to better understand the different roles that overseas money plays in London's housing market, the scale of what's going on, and what action we can take to support development and...

Uncertainty is the only certainty for landlords post-Brexit

British landlords are unsure or concerned about the consequences of Brexit for the private rental sector, according to research consultancy BDRC Continental. In a post-referendum survey of landlords published on Friday, 40 per cent said they think the vote to leave the European Union will have a negative effect on the sector and a quarter said they were uncertain what the impact would be. In a separate...

UOB suspends London property loans after Brexit

United Overseas Bank (UOB), Singapore's third-largest lender, has suspended its loans programme for London properties in the wake of uncertainties caused by Britain's vote to leave the European Union. UOB would be among the first banks in Singapore to turn cautious on such lending, even though it is not a large amount, as Brexit spooked global markets and pushed the pound to multi-year lows. "We will...

UK homeowners: property prices have gone up faster than you thought

Housing-obsessed Britons have something new to fixate on: property prices may have increased more than previously thought. A new official house-price index, designed by the Office for National Statistics, shows values rose an annual average of 6.1 per cent between 2003 and 2011. That's substantially more than the Land Registry's estimate of 4.6 per cent. The updated methodology seeks to clarify the...

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