ZLink, Beijing 

Finding opportunity in a tricky situation with many moving parts

A mix of elements like the business instability caused by the COVID pandemic plus lease termination requests combined had the potential to drive up the vacancy level in this grade-A office asset in Beijing’s tech district. This was in addition to a 457-sqm unit on level 1 being historically difficult to lease due to its small size. 

The solution

Our Asset Management Team agreed that a larger lettable space would be in higher demand and made the call to allow leases on smaller units to expire thereby creating the opportunity to combine several small units into a larger, much more appealing space. This attracted a high-profile tenant from China’s tech scene, meaning the asset is back to full occupancy, the tenant profile is much stronger and rental income is firmly aligned to the underwriting. A win-win!

What we are proud of 

We were able to extract opportunities from the lease termination requests. Combining smaller units into a larger space ensured full occupancy, resolved the issue of the hard-to-lease unit on level 1 and did not compromise the rental underwriting. The profile of the tenants has also seen a marked improvement.

Facts & figures

Externes VideoZLink
Externes VideoChina
Externes VideoZhongguancun, Beijing
Externes VideoOffice
Externes VideoCore Plus
Investment structure Directly held, fully consolidated asset
Externes Video31,426 sqm
Signing date 2018
Externes Video- LEED Platinum Certification - Green leases in standard tenancy contract - Onboarding to Measurabl platform in progress to track energy consumption and do benchmarking
Investment CNY 1.3 billion