Future Fund Pays $A375 Million For Stake in The Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, UK

David MurrayTHE FUTURE Fund has paid £200 million ($A375 million) for a stake in UK’s most visited regional shopping centre, The Bullring, in Birgmingham.

The Fund Fund – which exists to generate income to pay the government’s unfunded upcoming superannuation commitments – has purchased a 33 per cent stake in the centre at a low yield of 7 per cent. Two years ago, at the peak of the property boom, prime UK shopping centre yields were about 4.75 per cent.

The $61 billion Future Fund is directed by former Commonwealth Bank of Australia executive David Murray (pictured), and headquartered in Melbourne.

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Challenger Sells Rivoli Theatre, Camberwell, For $20 Million

FORMER RETIREMENT Village developer the Zig Inge group has paid $20.2 million for Camberwell’s Rivoli theatre, reflecting a huge drop in the building’s value since even last year, and a massive loss for Challenger.Rivoli Theatre

The Zig Inge Group, which recently sold its retirement arm portfolio to Macquarie and FKP for $641 million, has purchased the Rivoli and will retain it as an investment. Land around the cinema offers great redevelopment potential.

The Rivoli, at 200 Camberwell Road, was offloaded by the Challenger Hybrid Property Fund, which put a value of $23.2 million on the asset just last year. Challenger spent about $16 million on a luxury restoration of the 5,340 square metre cinema in 1999.

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GPT Sells Alliance Portfolio for $US72 Million

The GPT Group (GPT) today announced further progress in relation to the Group’s non core asset sales program, with an agreement to sell the Group’s interest in the Alliance portfolio (previously warehoused within the Hamburg Trust platform) to a syndicate of private investors. The portfolio was originally acquired to seed a closed end fund.

On completion of the sale, GPT will have sold approximately $650 million of non core assets since December 2008. This is in line with the Group’s strategy to exit non core portfolios and markets.

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Lend Lease Reaches Financial Close on £71 Million Lancashire Schools Program

Lend Lease Corporation Limited (“Lend Lease”) today announced that its UK public private partnerships (“PPP”) business, Catalyst Lend Lease has achieved financial close with Lancashire County Council on the £55 million (approximately A$110 million) Phase 3 and a £16 million (approximately A$32 million) academy as part of the East Lancashire Building Schools for the Future (“BSF”) programme in England.

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Meridien, AMP to sell portfolio of 12 South Australian retirement villages for more than $100 million

AMP Capital Investors and the Meridien Group can expect to make between $100 million and $150 million from the sale of 12 South Australian retirement villages.

The portfolio includes 946 retirement village units, and 246 serviced apartments. The joint venture owners confirmed it will accept off-market offers on the assets as a whole, or individually.

The joint venture owners will retain villages in New South Wales and Queensland.

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WA Government Appoints Delfin Lend Lease Preferred Developer For Alkimos Community Development

THE West Australian government has named Delfin Lend Lease as the preferred developer for the first stage of the 710 hectare Alkimos Community development, 40 kilometres north of Perth.

Alkimos will be Delfin Lend Lease’s first major project in WA, despite establishing in the state two years ago.

Perth based Satterley Property Group and Mirvac were also shortlisted to buy the site, the AFR reports.

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Centro Properties Expected to List $4 Billion Portfolio

CENTRO Properties Group is expected to list for sale a $4 billion portfolio of prime retail assets, as its bankers call for the company to settle its debts.

It’s expected Perth’s Galleria complex, and The Glen, in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Glen Waverley will be two of the 40-plus assets offered for sale.

Lend Lease, Colonial First State Global Management and AMP Capital Investors are expected to be in the mix of prospective purchasers, though the sale might also be on an individual shopping centre basis.

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Challenger Wine Trust to Sell $20 Million in Wineries

THE CHALLENGER Wine Trust is understood to be selling about $20 million of dozens of vineyards around the country.

The trust’s manager Nick Gill told The Australian “We are in the process of reducing our gearing, as all property trusts are.”

“They are of varying sizes, all dotted across different parts of Australia, some in premium areas and some in less premium areas”.

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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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Lend Lease Appoints New American CEO

SYDNEY-based developer Lend Lease has announced a new CEO for its American arm.

Lend Lease Australia CEO and managing director Steve McCann announced Robert McNamara’s appointment in a statement today (copied below).

Mr McNamara will report to Mr McCann, and be responsible for divisions including: Development, Project Management and Construction, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Investment Management.

He takes the help on April 19, 2010.

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Austock-Controlled Australian Education Trust to reap $40 million from childcare centres

THE ASX-listed Australian Education Trust, controlled by Austock, will sell a portfolio of 30 child care centres across Australia.

The centres will be sold with an average 10 year lease, according to a statement issued by Colliers International, and will be auctioned in a staggered campaign starting late next month.

Colliers International said “the properties provide an institutional grade investment opportunity, with an entry level price [into the commercial property investment market] and attractive yields.”

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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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