Helical Bar PLC (HLCL) - Acquisition RNS Number : 0891S Helical Bar PLC 27 November 2012 27 November 2012 Helical Bar plc ("Helical" or "Helical Bar") HELICAL BAR AND CROSSTREE PURCHASE LANDMARK 'SILICON ROUNDABOUT' ASSET IN £60.75m TRANSACTION Helical Bar plc announces that contracts have been exchanged for the purchase of a 3.12 acre site situated directly adjacent to Old Street Roundabout, London, by a joint venture between Helical Bar plc ('Helical') and affiliates of Crosstree Real Estate Partners ('Crosstree') for a total cash consideration of £60.75m. The purchase will be funded by cash plus bank debt of approximately £30m, with Helical and Crosstree having a 33% : 67% economic interest respectively. The freehold interest comprises: two large office buildings, 207 and 211 Old Street, which are currently let to multiple tenants at a rent of circa £2.1m per annum; the land surrounding the office buildings; a retail parade immediately to the west of 207 Old Street at a rent of circa £0.7m per annum; and Empire House at 136-144 City Road which is currently vacant. The four buildings total 287,000 square feet of existing net internal space. This extremely well located site is in a dynamic and regenerating area of London which is attracting growing interest from potential occupiers from the domestic and international technology and creative sectors as well as increasingly mixed uses such as retail, hotel and residential accommodation. Proposals for the site, which are being worked up by architects AHMM, comprise the refurbishment and remodelling of the two large office buildings, as well as the provision of new 'incubator' studios. Empire House will also be refurbished. Considerable landscaping and public realm enhancement will be undertaken and there is the intention to include featured retail uses at ground floor to add to the vibrant urban environment. Gerald Kaye, Development Director at Helical Bar said: "This is an extremely exciting opportunity for us to make our mark in a fast improving area on the edge of the City of London. Crosstree and ourselves will be working closely with AHMM to develop the existing site into a comprehensive, dynamic scheme with creative thinking at its heart to attract the burgeoning number of TMT businesses." Nick Lyle, Founding Partner of Crosstree added "The deleveraging cycle in UK property continues to present exceptional opportunities for well capitalised and experienced investors to substantially transform unloved properties into world-class assets, and we look forward to working closely with Helical to do so here." Helical/Crosstree were advised by Jones Lang LaSalle. CBRE and Savills acted for the vendor. ---ENDS--- For Helical Bar enquiries, please contact: Gerald Kaye - Development Director Tel: 020 7629 0113 Email: email@example.com For Crosstree enquiries, please contact: Nick Lyle - Partner Tel: 020 7016 4173 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Media notes: Crosstree Real Estate Partners LLP is a private investment firm focussed on UK property-related assets. Crosstree is seeking to build a diversified portfolio across property sectors and the risk/return spectrum. With the substantial financial backing of the Bertarelli family, Crosstree has committed capital that is both versatile and longer-term oriented, enabling us to consider a range of opportunities and business plans. For all media enquiries, please contact: Stephanie Highett/Dido Laurimore/Daniel O'Donnell - FTI Consulting Tel: 020 7831 3113 Email: Stephanie.email@example.com Dido.firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel.O'Donnell@fticonsulting.com This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END ACQBGBDBGSDBGDR -0- Nov/27/2012 12:00 GMT
Helical Bar PLC HLCL Acquisition
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