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20 Canada Square sold for £410 million

20 Canada Square sold for £410 million
18th July 2017

20 Canada Square sold for £410 million

The glass fronted 20 Canada Square is a 12-storey building comprising 527,000 sq ft, that was constructed in 2003. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and developed by the Canary Wharf group, it was acquired two years later by Brookfield for £326.4 million (£619.34 per sq ft).

The building is fully let and mostly occupied by BP Plc and McGraw-Hill International who have 243,228 sq ft between them. Other tenants include Foxtons, Porsche, and Sytner Group who are on the ground floor. When BP acquired an additional floor in 2004 they paid a rent of £38 per sq ft; market rents for the building are currently circa £45 per sq ft.

20 Canada Square was sold last month for £410 million to the Cheung Kei Group, which is run by Hong Kong billionaire Chen Hongtian. The deal reflects a net internal yield of 5.35%. Other parties – such as Sidra Capital ¬– also bid, but their offers were significantly short of the winning amount.

Eugene O’Sullivan, Surveyor and Director at Morgan Pryce, says; “5.35% is a strong yield for London offices, although 20 Canada Square is not central, and in a downturn the large floor plates could prove difficult to let. Let’s hope BP and McGraw-Hill International don’t need less space in the coming years”.

This news was brought to you by Morgan Pryce, a specialist tenant acquisition agent with offices in Oxford Circus and the City. Morgan Pryce specialises in search, negotiation and project management and works exclusively for tenants.


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