Fund snaps up Leeds city centre site

A prominent city centre building has been snapped up by an investment fund for £8.7m.

Thursday, 21st December 2017, 6:59 am
Updated Thursday, 21st December 2017, 7:00 am
NEW OWNER: Park Row House has been bought by UKRO, a Jersey domiciled fund, for £8.7m.

Adapt Real Estate, acting on behalf of UKRO, a Jersey domiciled fund, has acquired Park Row House in Leeds from a global real estate investment manager.

The price reflected a net initial yield – the rent generated by a property expressed as a percentage of its valuation – of 5.5 per cent.

The grade II listed building, which was designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, dates back to 1920. It was rebuilt in 1989-90, retaining Waterhouse’s original 1894 Prudential Assurance frontage.

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The design uses the same materials as those later employed for Greek Street Chambers. It is also believed to be the first building in Leeds to have had lifts.

Park Row House, which comprises 41,955 sq ft of office space, was partially refurbished in 2013 and is currently let to six tenants including Search Consultancy and Icelolly.

Mark Wilson, of Savills Leeds, which advised the buyer, said: “We are delighted to have acquired another prominent office asset for our client following their recent purchase of Riverside West in Sheffield. The regional office market continues to be popular with investors in an environment of strong take-up levels and rental growth.”

Adapt worked alongside Ship Street Advisors in the deal. Knight Frank advised the vendor.