Huge Amazon warehouse sold in £161m deal

Amazon’s huge 1.1m sq ft fulfilment centre in Bardon, Leicetershire has changed hands in a £161m deal.

BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management (BNP Paribas REIM), acting on behalf of Vestas Investment Management (Vestas), has sold the scheme to Savills Investment Management.

The hub was bought in 2016 and was the first collaboration between BNP Paribas REIM and Vestas.

“We are very pleased to close the first successful investment on behalf of Vestas, who has been a partner of choice for us over the last few years. It demonstrates our group’s capacity to support institutional investors in building out-performing, diversified Core Portfolios in the UK and Continental Europe,” says Benoit de la Boulaye, head of BNP Paribas REIM UK.

“The conclusion of this investment with BNP Paribas REIM has delivered a strong performance and we are pleased to work with them as a partner, benefiting from their local knowledge and expertise for our real estate investment programme across Europe,” says Jedeok Lee, Senior Manager for Vestas Investment Management.

“Delivering a transaction of this scale for overseas investors, when travel is severely restricted has presented challenges. However, our divestment strategy was able to take advantage of the strong appetite from global capital for the UK market in general and core long income assets in particular,” continues Jack McCarron, investment director for BNP Paribas REIM UK.

Ashurst and Eastdil Secured acted as advisors to the seller.