105 Victoria Street will become a mixed-use development with a range of amenities. In addition to floors of retail and office, there will be affordable working space for young businesses and a number of leisure features. These include a rooftop urban farm designed to provide learning opportunities for local schools and fresh produce for local restaurants and cafes; a multi-purpose community space to be used for local sports teams, lectures, discussion groups and town hall events; and a ground floor village square with market stalls to promote local producers, designers and crafters.
Alongside the important social amenities will be a range of ambitious sustainability features that will enable the building to exceed current benchmarks. These include 100% electrical power use and embodied carbon solutions, that will exceed both Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) targets and the Greater London Authority’s aspirational benchmark.
Welput, the specialist central London office fund managed by BentallGreenOak (BGO), is the sponsor of 105 Victoria Street along with PSP Investments and existing investors in Welput, with BGO also acting as Development Manager. Construction will commence in Q3 2022 with expected completion late 2026.
This transaction is another example of Allianz Real Estate executing on its strategic aspiration to increasingly finance more transitional and future-oriented assets. This development matches the description of what the firm believes will be the post-pandemic asset: a prime location in a high-density city, sustainably operated and, with its wide range of service and amenities, a clear focus on user experience and well-being. Furthermore, London has become a major driver of growth. The city ranked first overall in Allianz Real Estate’s Cities That Work 2021 European office sector report, coming out significantly ahead in the analysis, despite the impact of Brexit, ranking first for global city status and human capital.
Shripal Shah, Head of Real Estate Finance UK at Allianz Real Estate, said: “This transaction is a clear demonstration of our focus on prime financings. The quality of the development, the location and the sponsors have all contributed to the high attractiveness of this opportunity, the outcome of which will be a landmark building for the community and a superb workplace for tenants.”
Roland Fuchs, Head of European Real Estate Finance at Allianz Real Estate, said: “After closing over €1bn of transitional loans in Europe in in 2021, this latest redevelopment transaction, to finance an asset with such strong ESG credentials, builds on that performance and positions our pan-European portfolio strongly in terms of meeting our long-term decarbonization targets and those of our investors.”
Ker Gilchrist, Managing Partner at BentallGreenOak, said: “105 Victoria Street is a key asset for Welput and its co-investors, and we are delighted to have Allianz Real Estate as part of the team. Their collaboration in the build-up has been both welcomed and helpful and we have enjoyed working with its debt business to secure this facility. A particular attraction for us was the shared commitment we have with Allianz Real Estate to deliver an asset with market-leading ESG performance.”
Allianz Real Estate’s European debt business reached AUM of €11.6 billion, up more than 13% year-on-year, as at end-of December. The pan-European financing platform continues to be active in 12 countries, diversified across the office, logistics, residential and retail sectors.
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