Leighton Holdings May Anchor 28,000 Sqm Perth CBD Office Building

PROPERTY fund manager Charter Hall Group is reported to have snared construction giant Leighton Holdings as a tenant for a major Perth CBD office project.

Leighton is said to be considering a 28,000 square metre campus style office, part of Charter Hall’s new Workzone development at 202 Pier Street, on the Perth CBD’s northern tip (image of a building within the project, right)

The site, held by the Charter Hall Opportunity Fund No 5 (CHOF5), is due for completion in 2013, subject to pre-commitments.

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Charter Hall Disposes of $34.65 Million in Assets

CHARTER Hall today announced its Diversified Property Fund (DPF) has contracted to sell Spinifex House at 46 – 50 Kings Park Road (pictured, right), West Perth to a private syndicator for $28.25 million, or $6900 per square metre.

The sale price reflects a premium price of 6.3 per cent to the assets June 30, 2011 value.

Charter Hall has also sold a smaller office building at 22 – 28 Compark Circuit, in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Mulgrave. This asset sold for $6.4 million to an owner occupier.

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Brookfield Multiplex Pays Aspen $25.3 Million for Perth Development Site

WESTERN Australian based developer and fund manager Brookfield Multiplex has paid $25.3 million for a commercial development site in the City Square development site.

Brookfield is expected to build a 14-level office on the site, which was also reportedly competed for by the Charter Hall Group.

Aspen Group also reportedly conducted due diligence on the site.

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Charter Hall, Telstra Super Pay $300 Million For Brisbane Square Office

THE Brisbane Square office building has sold for $300 million to a consortium including Charter Hall Group’s wholesale Core Plus Office Fund, and Telstra Super.

The duo purchased the asset from WA super group Westscheme.

Measuring 57,300 square metres, the A-grade office sale is due to settle by mid November.

A Charter Hall statement is copied below:

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Macquarie to Sell Majority of Management Business to Charter Hall

MACQUARIE Group Limited will sell the majority of its Australian real estate business to the Sydney-based Charter Hall.

Macaquarie will sell the management of two listed trusts – Macquarie Office and Macquarie Countrywide – and three unlisted real estate funds including the Macquarie Direct Property Fund.

Details of the deals are in the Macquarie Group Limited statement below:


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K-REIT Pays Charter Hall $166 Million For Half Share in Brisbane Office

A SINGAPORE based real estate trust has paid $166 million for a half share in a major Brisbane office building. K-REIT Asia (Australia) Trust has made its first foray into the commercial property market, according to the Herald Sun, buying into the 30-level, 40,317 square metre fully leased office. Charter Hall was the vendor.

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Charter Hall Pays $32.5 Million For Bendigo Shopping Centre, Victoria

SYDNEY based fund manager Charter Hall has paid $32.5 million for the Lansell Plaza near Bendigo in regional Victoria. The purchase, from the Centro Group is expected to settle at the end of January. According to the AFR which reported the deal, the shopping centre (black and white image from the National Gallery of Victoria)

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Charter Hall to Sell 150 Queen Street Office, Melbourne, at a Loss

SYDNEY-based fund manager Charter Hall can expect some $25 million from the sale of a Melbourne CBD office it bought for $32 million in September 2007 – just weeks before the last commercial property market peak.

A spokeswoman said the Charter Hall Core Office Fund will use moneys from the sale to invest in larger, prime opportunities.

The asset on offer at 150 Queen Street (pictured, right), on the corner of Bourke Street, was developed in the 1960s and known for years as the Prudential Building.

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ATO Renews Lease at Major Moonee Ponds Office, Melbourne

CHARTER Hall Office REIT has signed the Australian Tax Office to renew its lease at a prominent Moonee Ponds office tower.

The ATO has occupied the entire 22,000 square metre, seven level building (pictured, right) since it was developed in 1991. The office is near the Puckle Street retail strip, identified by previous governments as a prime activity centre in the north-west.

ATO’s lease was due to expire in 2013. It has now extended that until February 2020.

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Channel Nine Sites in Sydney & Melbourne Almost Sold

The buildings where Graham Kennedy let loose his famous “faark” crow-call and where fans of Bandstand learned the twist and the stomp are believed to be close to sold as Channel Nine capitalises on its inner-suburban properties in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Charter Hall Starts Marketing Townhouses at Former Nylex Mentone Site

CHARTER Hall is set to start building a $75 million housing estate on part of Nylex’s former industrial products manufacturing and distribution complex in Mentone, a site which it has snapped up in stages over the past four years.

In a trend that is seeing interstate builders increasingly look to Melbourne’s outer suburbs for opportunity, the Sydney-based developer plans to build 119 townhouses on the 3.3 hectare site at the south-west corner of Warrigal Road and Oak Avenue.

Construction of the project, to be known as Aquilo, is set to start within weeks. Marketing of the first townhouses, priced from just under half a million each, commences today.

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CBUS Buys Half Share in 171 Collins Street Development

171 Collins StreetAS reported in The Age last year, CBUS Property has confirmed it is the mystery buyer of a half share interest in Melbourne’s 171 Collins Street development.

CBUS has paid Sydney-based owner Charter Hall $15.5 million, to take its share in the $280 million office development, which challenged a previous planning precedent, restricting height around the “Collins Street spine”.

It’s understood the developers are targeting the National Australia Bank which has a 40,000 to 60,000 square metre requirement in the market at the moment.

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