The Story So Far


The Property  This is a modern 3,065 sqm/ 33,000 sqft single storey industrial building on 0.6 hectares/1.5 acres on Manor Royal Industrial Estate, the premier commercial estate in Crawley with a very varied mix of industrial and office buildings. Major occupiers on the Estate include Virgin Airways, Royal Mail, Glaxo Smith Kline, British Airways and Thales, occupiers of this building. It was constructed in the mid 1980’s, probably for Thales’ predecessors Rediffusion. There are 85 car parking spaces, an ample ratio of 1:36 sqm/1:390 sqft.

We bought a very long leasehold interest of 999 years with the building let until 2009 to Thales, one of the major industrial operations in the UK with over 10,000 employees at 60 separate locations. Thales have now vacated following their move into a new 27,900 sqm/300,000 sqft headquarters elsewhere on Manor Royal. The previous rent was only £69.50 per sqm/£6.45 per sqft because the previous lease assumed that rent reviews are to a 25 year hypothetical term producing a discount of 15-20%. This discount has now of course disappeared.

Why Buy?  This investment meets one of our buying criteria: good quality buildings in sought after locations let with a short term to expiry, in this case just over 3 years. We normally look for shorter terms, but here the building and the location tempted us. We aim to relet the building, improve the rental value and, most importantly, the lease profile. We expect to let at a considerably enhanced rent particularly given expansion at Gatwick.

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10 Knaresborough Place
London SW5 0TG

Ivor A French FRICS
T 020 7244 4202
M 078 9999 1111
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David Coleman MRICS
T 020 7244 4214
M 079 5696 6677
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