Benson Elliot trades €200 million of prime offices in Barcelona during an active 12 months

– Parc Glories sold to Inmobiliaria Colonial prior to construction start –

Benson Elliot, the UK-based private equity real estate fund manager, has agreed the sale of Parc Glories, its landmark office development in the Diagonal-Glories sub-market of Barcelona, to listed Spanish property company Inmobiliaria Colonial. Following Benson Elliot’s July 2015 sale of its Cornerstone development (in Poblenou) to UBS Asset Management’s Global Real Estate business, the sale of Parc Glories takes the total end value of Benson Elliot’s Barcelona disposals to c. €200 million over the course of 12 months.
Parc Glories is fully designed and permitted, and the project is expected to break ground imminently. Delivery of the 17 floor, 24,543 sqm, Battle & Roig designed building is expected in late 2018. On completion it will provide column-free floors of up to 1,800 sqm in the heart of Barcelona’s newest and most modern business district, adjacent to Plaza de las Glorias and abutting Barcelona’s famed Diagonal.

Trish Barrigan, Benson Elliot Senior Partner, said: “Benson Elliot made an early move into the recovering Barcelona market, with a focus on prime offices in Poblenou. That move continues to pay off for our investors. We have an ongoing investment programme in Barcelona, but aren’t averse to crystalising the value we’ve created when the opportunity presents itself. We couldn’t think of a better organisation to take this project forward than Colonial.”

During its ownership, Benson Elliot worked with local partner Urban Input to design and permit the building. In addition to providing what is expected to be the highest quality office space in Barcelona, Parc Glories will set new standards in sustainability, targeting the first LEED Platinum qualification in Barcelona.
Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE advised on the transaction.


For further information:

Benson Elliot
Trish Barrigan, Senior Partner
Matilda Lane
+44 (0) 20 7808 8900

FTI Consulting
Dido Laurimore / Claire Turvey
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About Benson Elliot:
Benson Elliot Capital Management LLP (Benson Elliot), founded in 2005, is a leading independent private equity real estate fund manager, with c. €1.5 billion of equity under management. The UK-based, FCA regulated firm has a pan-European investment platform and has transacted in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Central Europe and Scandinavia. The firm is led by Marc Mogull, Trish Barrigan and Joseph De Leo.

Benson Elliot holds a diversified real estate portfolio, currently comprised of office, retail, hotel and residential assets. The Benson Elliot team has experience in delivering superior risk-adjusted returns through active and innovative investment management, investing successfully through market cycles.

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