AXA Investment Managers secures city fringe office development from Caydon Property Group for a $100m office building

Domestic, offshore institutional investors compete for rare Cremorne office building

AXA Investment Managers has acquired a strategic Melbourne city fringe development site in Cremorne from Caydon Property Group for a development with an end value of over $100 million.

 

The transaction was structured on a land purchase price of $32.5 million and negotiated by Colliers International’s Trent Preece and Rob Joyes.

 

The purchaser, AXA Investment Managers, is a global investment manager with circa $100 billion in real estate under management and is the number one portfolio and asset manager in Europe. The developer and vendor, Caydon Property Group, is one of Australia’s leading private developers, having developed over $1 billion in completed projects.

 

“The proposed office building will form part of the exciting ‘Malt District’ development which will transform the iconic Nylex site into a vibrant mixed-use precinct integrating modern offices and apartments with refurbished heritage buildings, silos and generous public space,” Mr Preece said.

 

Stage 1 of the landmark development is due to commence construction this month and will comprise a new nine-level office building together with Coppins Corner, a mixed use 15 and 12 level apartment building.  Stage 1 is due to be completed in 2020.

 

Stage 2 will include two residential buildings, a rooftop bar and restaurant under the iconic Nylex clock, a hotel set into the famous VB silo’s, office and retail space and a microbrewery, gastro pub and café set into unique heritage buildings.

 

Located just 3 kilometres south east of the Melbourne CBD on the bank of the Yarra River, the building will feature an impressive ground floor lobby, retail accommodation, podium car parking and five upper levels of office accommodation.  The building will also include state of the art end of trip facilities, gymnasium and an expansive landscaped terrace to support employee lifestyle.

 

The upper office floors of the building have been fully pre-committed by MYOB, the accounting software giant listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, for 10 years.  The office space will have a converted industrial feel and the building design maximises impressive views over the Yarra River, Botanic Gardens and Melbourne CBD.  Colliers International also negotiated the pre-commitment on behalf of Caydon Property Group.

 

Mr Preece said Cremorne was one of the hottest office markets in the country, with major technology and creative tenants attracted by the high level of surrounding amenity, ease of access and public transport linkages.

 

“The precinct has experienced double digit rental growth per annum over the past two years and has one of the tightest vacancy rates of any major Australia office market,” he said.

 

“Offerings of this scale and quality are rarely seen outside the Melbourne CBD.  The offering attracted a strong level of interest from targeted domestic and offshore institutional investors attracted by the thriving location, strong lease covenant and long weighted average lease expiry.”


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Trent Preece

Director | Capital Markets

Melbourne CBD

Trent has over 13 years’ experience in property, largely providing investment advice on major Melbourne CBD and metropolitan office assets for a wide range of local and offshore listed real estate investment trusts, wholesale investment funds, superannuation funds and offshore sovereign wealth funds.

Trent is widely regarded as an expert in the Melbourne CBD and metropolitan office markets. His valuations background has provided an exceptionally high level of market and asset specific knowledge, together with strong technical expertise.

Trent has significant transaction experience having advised purchasers on $4b in acquisitions during 2016 and 2017.

More recently, Trent has transacted the following major sales:

- Bendigo Bank Building, 120 Harbour Esplanade, Melbourne. Sold to Marprop Real Estate Partners on behalf of an offshore institutional client for circa $81 million.

- MYOB Building, Cremorne, Melbourne. A major fund-through transaction sold to AXA Investment Managers on behalf of HESTA for $100.1 million.

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Rob Joyes

Director In Charge | Melbourne East & National Director

Melbourne East

Over the last sixteen years Rob has built an arguable and enviable reputation as the most dominant agent in the Melbourne Metropolitan office market, specialising in major project leasing and development sites.

Rob's unique perspective combines specialized experience and knowledge with a creative, solutions-driven approach to understanding and fulfilling his client needs. He has built strong relationships, delivered results and become a trusted advisor to some of the most prominent local and national investors and occupiers.

Since 2008 alone, Rob has sold $450 million in value of development sites and commercial investments and leased approximately 190,000sqm on behalf of Stockland, Australand, Investa, Goodman, Colonial First State Property and Salta Properties. In 2013 he assisted corporate clients with their accommodation needs including Pacific Brands, Country Road, The Good Guys, United Energy, Woolworths and GE.

Rob also leads a team of more than 30 professionals in the Colliers International Melbourne East business, offering a full range of specialist services including sales, leasing, valuations and property management in the office, industrial, retail and residential sectors.

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