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K Rd building sells at 8%, Telecom Place building 3 at 7.25%

A 90-year-old Karangahape Rd building (pictured right) has been sold on an 8% yield, compared to 7.25% for the brand new $65 million building 3 at Mansons TCLM’s Telecom Place.

In 2 other sales by Bayleys agents, owner-occupiers have bought office units in Administrator House & the old South British Building – the South British one after being passed in at an auction in early June.


Learning Quarter

Administrator House,44 Anzac Avenue, unit H:
Features:282m² penthouse level office, deck & water views, 2 basement parking spaces & storage unit
Outcome: sold to existing owner-occupier for $675,000 at $2230/m²
Agents: Cameron Melhuish & Damien Bullick

Shortland St

Old South British Building, 3-13 Shortland St, office unit 8B:
Features: 373m², refurbished office unit split into 4 tenancies, purchaser will move into the one 106m² vacant tenancy
Rent: $74,567/year net + gst from 3 tenancies
Outcome: no bid at auction in June, sold now for $1.425 million at $3815/m²
Agents: James Were & Scott Kirk


208 Karangahape Rd:
Features:670m2 site, 1920s-built 1532m2 3-level building with an IEP assessment of 21.9% of new building standard, ground-floor tenant Discount Mart has 6-year lease until March 2017 plus one 6-year right of renewal, and there’s a number of smaller monthly tenancies
Outcome: sold for $1.75 million at an 8% yield
Agents: Colin McKenna & James Chan

Victoria Quarter

Building 3 at Telecom Place (now Spark City).

Building 3 at Telecom Place (now Spark City).

Corner Victoria St West & Dock St:
Features: 7495m²  Building C at Telecom Place (now Spark City), fully leased to Telecom Corp of NZ Ltd (now Spark NZ Ltd) for 10 years from June 2014 with fixed annual rental increases of 3% for initial 10-year term, and with developer Mansons TCLM Ltd also providing a capital & defects warranty until 31 May 2024
Outcome: sold to Augusta Funds Management Ltd for $65,186,117 at a 7.25% yield; Augusta is offering 780 $50,000 proportionate interests in the property
Agent: Paul Hain

Attribution: Agency release.

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Broadway Park apartment sells, South British office space doesn’t

An apartment at the Parnell end of Broadway Park sold under the hammer at Bayleys’ auction yesterday.

In contrast, once the auction room had thinned out, an office space in the former South British Insurance building (pictured) on the corner of Shortland & High Sts, split into 4 tenancies, attracted no bid although it’s proved a popular address for small professional firms & practices.


Isthmus east


Broadway Park, 5 Furneaux Way, unit 1E:
Features: 2 bedrooms, internal access from tandem garage
Outcome: sold for $555,000
Agents: Julie Prince & Diane Jackson



Queen St valley
Old South British Building, 3-13 Shortland St, office unit 8B:
Features: 373m², refurbished, split into 4 tenancies, one 106m² tenancy vacant
Rent: $74,567/year net + gst from 3 tenancies
Outcome: no bid
Agents: James Were & Scott Kirk

Attribution: Auction.

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Jones buys Axa building

Published 22 December 2010

Robt Jones Holdings Ltd settled its purchase of the Axa building at 41 Shortland St in Auckland on Monday.

The $45 million transaction was at just under $2600/m² – Robt Jones Holdings doesn’t focus on yield in its calculations.

In this case a price calculation by either method becomes somewhat irrelevant, because major tenant Ernst & Young will move out next year and the new owner plans some additions in the forecourt.

The office building was owned by Axa’s Wholesale Australian Property Fund, in which its Australian Property Fund was the major investor. The property was on the books at 30 September (the 31 May balance date valuation) at $A37.3 million ($NZ59.9 million today).

Robt Jones Holdings’ Auckland manager, Greg Loveridge, said: “There is a discount in the market if you are prepared to take on leasing risk. We’ll take it on where we think we can add value.”

He said Ernst & Young would move to Britomart by 31 May next year, releasing 6300m² of office space in the 19-storey building. Robt Jones Holdings intended to put that space into suites for smaller occupiers and to put it on the leasing market in the second half of 2011.

The building has 17,357m² net lettable area in its 19 tower floors plus 4-level annex. Mr Loveridge said Robt Jones Holdings would add an outdoor restaurant & bar in the courtyard and another lift in the tower. The perimeter air-conditioning will be replaced by a chilled-beam system in the ceilings, enabling floor-ceiling windows. Axa spent $25 million revamping the Shortland St building in 1999, but left the air-conditioning alone.

“I love the building – love the way it looks,” Mr Loveridge said yesterday. “And the outdoor restaurant? There’s nothing like it in town. I know I’d like to have a lunch in a place like that that’s not down at the Viaduct.”

After Ernst & Young exits from 8 floors, the building will be left with Fonterra on 4½ floors and law firm Hesketh Henry on 3 floors as major tenants.

The other New Zealand assets in the Axa wholesale fund’s $A876 million portfolio at 30 September were the Plaza shopping centre at Whangaparaoa ($A30.6 million), the ANZ Tower at 215 Lambton Quay in Wellington ($A22.9 million) and the Westpac Building at 318 Lambton Quay ($A23.2 million, also just sold). The New Zealand assets fell 9% in value over the year in local money (by $NZ14.4 million to $148.8 million). The Axa portfolio’s direct property investments are managed by Dexus Property Group.

The fund had a 0.1% positive capital return for the September quarter but has shown negative capital returns of 2.8% for one year, 10.9%/year for 3 years, 4.3% for 5 years, 1.7% for 7 years. Total returns were saved by distributions, except for the return over 3 years (minus 4.8%/year).

Axa closed its Australian Property Fund to withdrawals in 2008 but has continued making quarterly payments. Meanwhile, Robt Jones Holdings has been expanding its portfolio – it has 6 buildings in the Auckland cbd plus the Takapuna Finance Centre on the North Shore, a total of 70,000m² which, Mr Loveridge calculated, made it the third-largest owner of Auckland office space behind the AMP NZ Office Trust & Kiwi Income Property Trust.

Robt Jones Holdings is headed by Sir Bob Jones, with Mr Loveridge & Sam Cooper, Christchurch, as directors.

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Attribution: Interview, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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