Lateral Leeds sold for £24m to Middle Eastern investor

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A major Leeds office building has been sold for £24m to a private Middle Eastern investor.

The grade A Lateral Leeds building in the city centre comprises 95,317 sq ft is currently let to The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Highways England, among others.

The purchase price reflects a Net Initial Yield of 7.99 per cent.

The Leeds and London offices of Cushman & Wakefield acted jointly on behalf of the vendor, DWS whilst Knight Frank advised the purchaser. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ADIB - a leading Middle Eastern financial institution, arranged and structured a Sharia’a-compliant transaction to finance the acquisition of the property on behalf of the investor.

Richard Brooke from Cushman & Wakefield in Leeds said: “Cushman & Wakefield has had a longstanding involvement with this building, dating from its construction and pre-let to the Secretary of State in 2005.

“This is now the third time we have advised on the sale of this building and we are delighted to complete the transaction”.

Paul Maisfield, head of real estate at ADIB UK, said: “The high yield provided by commercial real estate in cities such as Leeds is becoming increasingly attractive to investors from the Middle East.

“ADIB UK has established a leading position in providing Islamic financing solutions to a range of individual and larger investors seeking access to this thriving segment of the UK property market.