ABSTRACT DOUBLE IN BASINGSTOKE

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Mark Glatman’s Abstract Securities have announced that they have let ‘The Florence Building’ in Basingstoke, to Sovereign Housing Association, and subsequently sold the entire share capital of the Company which owns the asset, on behalf of its shareholders, to LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General). 

Legal and General has bought the building on behalf of its LPI (Limited Price Inflation) Income Property Fund for a purchase price of approximately £29m.

While the property was marketed at rental levels up to £28.50 psf, the whole building was taken by Sovereign on a new 20 year lease subject to minimum and maximum uplifts linked to RPI at review.   The structure of the lease resulted in an asset price yield close to 4% which enabled a substantial rent subsidy for the premises which, including all car parking, reduced the commencing rent payable.

‘The Florence Building’ represents Abstract’s most recent “uncompromising value”, office development, providing 61,415 sq. ft. plus 203 car spaces in a new multi-storey car park. The property is in Basing View, the central office core for the Town, and is the first large speculative office development to commence in the Town Centre for over 15 years. The development completed in July 2018.

Sovereign is one of the largest housing associations in the Country providing over 56,000 homes for around 130,000 people in housing need across the South and South West of England and the Isle of Wight and building around 1,600 new homes each year to rent or buy.

Sovereign was formed in November 2016, as the result of a merger between Spectrum Housing Group and Sovereign Housing Association.  ‘The Florence Building’ will become the new Central Services Hub for the organisation.

“Christopher McPherson, Development Director of Abstract Securities, said: “The letting to Sovereign underpins our confidence in Basingstoke as a business destination, with its excellent transport links, first class amenities and high-quality work force, and our decision to speculatively build here is wholly vindicated by this long term commitment to the Town by a major employer.  This is a huge endorsement for Basingstoke. We have generated good tenant interest since the building completed, but Sovereign were nimble and decisive. A number of other potential occupiers will be disappointed’.

Mark Glatman, Chief Executive, added, “Once again we have seen potential in a market which has been long overlooked, but where the fundamentals are good, and where there is a large catchment of skilled labour. We have delivered a new Grade A office building, attracted good occupier interest, and agreed a sensible leasing structure which provides value for all concerned at a substantial discount to office rents in the South East. We have shown again that we can offer occupiers a significant cost advantage when they relocate to one of our buildings and Legal & General, with whom we have worked before, were an obvious purchaser.’’

Derek Gilby, Senior Fund Manager of the LPI Income Property Fund, commented, ‘’This is an excellent buy for the fund, offering a secure long-term income stream off a low base which provides a hedge to inflation and strong underpin to the investment.  We continue to seek public sector deals with long let assets and investment grade covenants for the Fund and will remain active in this market.’’

The Florence Building was designed by TP Bennett. Bowmer & Kirkland was the contractor.  The solicitors representing the parties were Pinsent Masons acting for Abstract, Clarke Willmott acting for Sovereign and Clifford Chance representing Legal & General.  DTRE acted for Legal & General in the investment acquisition. Abstract were unrepresented. Savills and RARE were the retained letting agents.

Visit www.theflorencebuilding.com.

Attached image shows Abstract’s ‘Florence Building’ in Basing View, Basingstoke. -Ends-

For media information, please contact Pauline Gregory, Pauline@skylarkpublicrelations.com /07833 490964 or Lisa Mennie, lisa@skylarkpublicrelations.com/  07825 225 414 


Editor’s notes:-

Over the past 5 years Abstract has built over 1 million sq.ft. of net lettable offices across the UK, together with a major office refurbishment of 250,000 sq.ft. making it one of the country’s largest regional developers. The Group undertakes development as a principal speculatively and for end users. Abstract also acts as a development manager under design and build arrangements and in joint venture partnerships.

Abstract has gained a strong reputation for delivering award winning schemes, including its new range of “uncompromising value” offices.  These buildings deliver high specification, Grade A space with top environmental credentials (BREEAM Excellent and EPC ‘A’ rated) with a tight design and procurement process, offering occupiers the best value and cost per workstation of any modern offices in their local market. 

www.abstractsecurities.com 


Property professionals take 166,691,897 steps towards ending youth homelessness for LandAid in October

More than 500 property industry professionals have now taken enough steps to walk three times around the world during October. They were taking part in Steptober, the first industry-wide step challenge sponsored by Abstract Securities. The event has now raised over £100,000 for LandAid, the property industry’s charity. 

Steptober challenged property professionals to walk, jog or run to see which team of four could log the most steps throughout October – improving mental and physical wellbeing whilst raising money to end youth homelessness. The challenge came to a close just in time for the annual LandAid Day on 1 November, property’s biggest day of fundraising, which saw property companies taking part in wacky and wonderful activities across the UK. 

The event culminated with a prize giving on LandAid Day, kindly hosted by CMS. Four coveted prizes were given out. Leach Rhodes Walker Architects Team CJG walked away with the Team with the Highest Step Count Award, logging a staggering 3,056,138 steps between them and holding the top spot since the off. They were closely followed by Leach Rhodes Walker Ltd Team JB and Northern Scam in second and third place, respectively.

#4CEOs4Steptober, David Atkins of Hammerson, Chris Grigg of British Land, Robert Noel of Landsec and David Sleath of SEGRO, clearly won the Highest Team Fundraiser Award, sponsored by IPSX having raised over £45,000, enough to fund at least 3 beds spaces for young people who were homeless.

Archie Blair, Abstract Securities won the Individual with the Highest Step Count Award taking 1,106,032 steps – an average of 35,000 steps a day. The North won the Location Outside of London with the Highest Step Count Award, sponsored by Gerald Eve. 

The challenge was made possible due to sponsorship from Abstract Securities, support from media and data partner EG, who promoted Steptober each week throughout October, and Prize Giving sponsor CMS. 

This year’s LandAid Day saw the property industry doing even more to raise money to end youth homelessness. Paragon BC, one of LandAid’s newest Foundation Partners, undertook a company-wide challenge to cycle the distance between Lands End to John O’Groats – a massive 874 miles! Goldcrest Land planned an inventive race across London, where teams vied to be the first to get from their offices in Fulham to Hoxton, using a different mode of transport each. A whole host of other companies, such as British Land, Knight Frank and PwC all took part in an assortment of unique activities throughout the day, raising even more to help end youth homelessness in the UK. 


Paul Morrish, Chief Executive, LandAid: ‘At LandAid we always know that our audience can be competitive but we’ve really seen this taken to the next level during Steptober – from running marathons, to climbing mountains, from taking in steps in Paris to San Francisco, even to me making the most of walking meetings – we’ve seen the property industry step up once again to end youth homelessness. A huge thank you to everyone who took part, and in particular to the #4CEOs4Steptober, who have now not only taken time out of their busy schedules to get competitive but also raised over £45,000 for LandAid! I have certainly enjoyed my first Steptober. LandAid Day was a little different this year, but we still saw the usual weird and wacky fundraisers from our supporters. All of which prove the great steps the property industry can take towards ending youth homelessness when it unites. Thank you.’ 


Mark Glatman, Founder and Chief Executive, Abstract Securities: ‘It has been an absolute pleasure to be the headline sponsor for the first ever Steptober. I have been wanting to have an industry-wide step challenge for a long time, knowing that this was a great way to harness the competitive nature of LandAid’s supporters. It’s been a great way to motivate my staff to get active, with some like Archie, from Abstract, who took home the prize for the most steps taking this challenge to the extreme! Thanks so much to everyone who took part – every step you took has taken us one step closer to ending youth homelessness.”


Notes to editors

About LandAid:
LandAid is the property industry charity, working to end youth homelessness in the UK. We bring the property industry together to support charities delivering life-changing services for young people who are or have been homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness in the future. Through a unique network of corporate partners, we invest funding and expertise where we can achieve lasting impact.

For further information about LandAid, please contact Emily Hamilton, Communications and Marketing Manager, on 020 3102 7190 or email emily.hamilton@landaid.org
 

www.landaid.org
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ABSTRACT ANNOUNCES JULY COMPLETION FOR THE FLORENCE BUILDING, BASING VIEW

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Mark Glatman's Abstract Securities has announced that its associate company, Abstract (Basingstoke) Limited, will complete The Florence Building, its ‘uncompromising value’ office scheme, on 23 July 2018. It will be the Town’s first new speculative offices in 15 years offering the lowest cost per work station in the South East of England. Furthermore, 203 under-cover car parking spaces, will provide the best car parking ratio of any new speculative Town Centre office building in the South East. 

A landmark development located in Basing View, Hampshire, The Florence Building comprises 60,535 sq.ft. of ‘Grade A’ space on ground and four upper floors. Notably, the building offers flexible, virtually column-free floorplates from approximately 9,200 sq.ft. to 12,400 sq.ft. It is designed to a BREEAM 'Excellent' 2014 and an EPC 'A' rating to provide some of the most efficient and environmentally friendly office accommodation available.

The interior will be finished to a full Cat A standard including air-conditioning, suspended metal ceilings, LED lighting and raised floors.  A contemporary reception area will feature a double-height glazed atrium space, while lockers and shower facilities on the ground floor are adjacent to 48 secure covered cycle spaces. There is potential for up to 24 electric vehicle fast-charging points.

It is the fourth in a series of Abstract’s “uncompromising value” speculative office developments and follows on the heels of successful developments in Gatwick, Croydon and Glasgow, where a similar methodology has been well received by the market.

Mark Glatman, Chief Executive of Abstract, said: "Our scheme represents a superb opportunity for occupiers to take highly cost efficient space in Basing View, in a London-quality building with the ability to incorporate the latest workplace initiatives.  For example, the 'cost per workstation' based on an occupancy of 1:8m2 per person in the Florence Building is just £3,400 per annum when compared with £3,700 in Farnborough,  £4,800 in Reading and £5,600 in Guildford. Total occupancy cost in The Florence Building is over 75% lower than the West End core and nearly 30% lower than in central Reading*.”

A prime business location, Basing View offers an unparalleled location to enhance profitability and work life balance. It benefits from Enterprise Zone status with a new £10m landscaped public realm and a dynamic mix of office, retail and leisure amenities for staff. 

Just eight minutes’ walk to the train station (42 minutes to London, Waterloo) and just five minutes’ walk to leisure amenities;  a new proposed Village Hotel with gym, swimming pool, café and meeting/events space will soon join John Lewis Home and Waitrose.

Basingstoke is a rapidly growing town and one of the most affluent in the UK, surrounded by exceptional countryside with access to a significant pool of talent and easy access to some of the most desirable residential addresses.

The scheme is designed by TP Bennett and Bowmer & Kirkland is the contractor.  Savills and RARE are jointly marketing The Florence Building.

(*Source: Savills and Rare 2018. Comparable buildings outlined above are based on occupational densities between 1:8m2 and 1:10m2)

Visit http://www.theflorencebuilding.com/video/   and   www.theflorencebuilding.com for further information on the development.  For Abstract Securities visit www.abstractsecurities.com.

Further information:  Pauline@skylarkpublicrelations.com / mobile 07833 490964

Editors Notes:

About The Florence Building

The following comparison provides the 'cost per workstation' on additional selected towns. Based on an occupancy of 1:8m2 per person in the Florence Building is just £3,400 per annum when compared with £5,300 in Woking;  £5,500 in Staines; £5,900 in Maidenhead;  £7,600 in Hammersmith and £13,400 in London’s West End. Moreover, when occupied at the current design ratio of 1:8m2 per person, the building is more cost-effective than high-quality second-hand or refurbished office space in Basingstoke designed at 1:10m2 per person occupational density with costs coming in at £3,400 and £3,700 respectively.

Future proofing of the building includes:  diverse connectivity to high-speed communication networks including Virgin and BT Openreach with potential for WiredScore ‘Gold’ Certification; dual HV power supply resilience and standby generation; ability to increase occupational density to 1.6 sq.m., that will lower the cost per work station to £2,600.

About Abstract Securities

Over the past 5 years Abstract has built or has under construction over 1 million sq.ft. of net lettable offices across the UK, together with a major office refurbishment of 250,000 sq.ft. making it one of the country’s largest regional developers. The Group undertakes development as a principal speculatively and for end users. Abstract also acts as a development manager under design and build arrangements and in joint venture partnerships.

 Abstract has gained a strong reputation for delivering award winning schemes, including its new range of “uncompromising value” offices.  These buildings deliver high specification, ‘Grade A’ space with top environmental credentials (BREEAM Excellent and EPC ‘A’ rated) with a tight design and procurement process, offering occupiers the best value and cost per workstation of any modern offices in their local market.

WATCH FLY-THROUGH VIDEO SHOWCASING THE FLORENCE BUILDING AND BASING VIEW, BASINGSTOKE, A KEY SOUTH EAST BUSINESS DESTINATION

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Mark Glatman's Abstract Securities has announced that its associate company, Abstract (Basingstoke) Limited, has unveiled a new fly-through video that provides a preview of The Florence Building its new ‘uncompromising value’ office building and showcases Basingstoke, a key business destination in the South East.

The Florence Building is a new 60,000 sq.ft. office development and the first new speculative office building in the Town in 15 years.  Comprising ground and four upper floors, the building has been designed to offer optimum, virtually column free floor plates from approximately 9,200 sq.ft. to 12,400 sq.ft.  Due to complete on 23 July 2018, it will also include 203 under-cover car parking spaces.

Mark Glatman, chief executive of Abstract said: “With works now well underway, we are proud to bring The Florence Building to the market at a time when we are seeing occupiers upgrade their accommodation to the highest specification to attract and retain the best staff.  Our development offers 'uncompromising value' and is the first new-build office in the Town in 15 years.

“This video gives a contemporary overview of Basingstoke as a business destination, and all that the Town has to offer, providing sweeping external and interior views to each of The Florence Building’s floor plates.

“The building will deliver a high quality 'Grade A' specification with top environmental credentials targeting a BREEAM 'Excellent' and an EPC ‘A’ rating.  A tight design and procurement process will offer occupiers the lowest cost per workstation of any new build office in the South East.  For example, the cost per workstation based on an occupancy of 1:8m2 per person in The Florence Building is £3,400 per annum, when compared with £3,700 in Farnborough or £5,000 in Reading. Total occupancy cost in The Florence Building is over 75% lower than the West End core and nearly 30% lower than in Reading.*

“Basingstoke is the third fastest growing and seventh most affluent town in the UK, with access to a significant pool of talent.”*

A prime business location, Basing View offers an unparalleled location to enhance profitability and work life balance. It benefits from Enterprise Zone status with a new £10m landscaped public realm and a dynamic mix of office, retail and leisure amenities for staff.  The site is just an eight minute walk to the station (train time - 42 minutes to London, Waterloo) and just a five minute walk to leisure amenities; a Village Hotels with gym, swimming pool, café and meeting/events space will soon join John Lewis Home and Waitrose. 

The scheme is designed by TP Bennett and Bowmer & Kirkland is the contractor.  Savills and RARE are jointly marketing The Florence Building.

* Source: (Savills and Rare 2017).

Visit www.theflorencebuilding.com for further information on the development and Abstract Securities. 

Further information:  Pauline@skylarkpublicrelations.com / mobile 07833 490964

 Editors Notes:

Over the past 5 years Abstract has built or has under construction over 1 million sq.ft. of net lettable offices across the UK, together with a major office refurbishment of 250,000 sq.ft. making it one of the country’s largest regional developers. The Group undertakes development as a principal speculatively and for end users. Abstract also acts as a development manager under design and build arrangements and in joint venture partnerships.

Abstract has gained a strong reputation for delivering award winning schemes, including its new range of “uncompromising value” offices.  These buildings deliver high specification, Grade A space with top environmental credentials (BREEAM Excellent and EPC ‘A’ rated) with a tight design and procurement process, offering occupiers the best value and cost per workstation of any modern offices in their local market.