December Auction Result

10th December 2010

Acuitus raised £25.93m from the sale of 24 lots on December 9 which saw the commercial property auction house pass the £100m mark for assets sold since it was set up in April of this year.

Once again the Acuitus auction was characterised by a wide range of assets selling for an average price of more than £1m, and with two selling for more than £3m.

Central London investments remain very popular with investors, but there were also notable sales in Brighton, Hounslow, Bedfordshire and Nottinghamshire as buyers made it clear that there is demand for properties across the office retail, industrial and leisure sectors.

Notable sales included:

  • Two City of London freeholds at Bow Lane and Well Court sold for £1.06m and £1.43m respectively at yields of 5.9% and 4.5%.
  • The 28,137-sq ft Gala Bingo Unit in Hounslow sold for £2.8m at a yield of 5.8%
  • Refuge House: a 25,132 sq ft multi-let office investment in Enfield sold for £3.25m at yield of 9.6%.
  • The Santander Bank in Brixton Road, London SW9 demonstrated continued investor appetite for investments let to major banking plcs as it sold for £1.905m against a guide price of £1.5m. The yield was 5.7%.
  • Ground rents remain popular with a large island block in central Manchester selling £1.08m at a yield of 4.8%.
  • A 7,523-sq ft freehold tyre depot investment in Luton let to Kwik-Fit sold for £1.28m at a yield of 5.9%.
  • There was good interest in properties located around Brighton. A 940-sq ft freehold retail investment in the town’s Duke Street went for £945,000 at a yield of 5.9% having been guided at £795,000 while a 581-sq ft shop in Hove sold for £355,000 at a yield of 5.1%.
  • A freehold industrial/office development in Worksop sold for £490,000.

Acuitus auctioneer, Richard Auterac, commented: “The wide range of asset types on offer drew strong buying power into the room and this was reflected in the average sale price of £1m-plus per lot.

“Central London investments and the stock flowing from banks, LPA receivers and administrators – several of whom were present at the sale- continue to generate substantial buyer interest. This sale demonstrated that for the right product there is investor appetite across all the sectors.

“For all of the team here at Acuitus, to have passed the £100m sales mark after less than eight months since the formation of a new business is a great achievement. The market has responded very positively to our independent, specialist approach and we’re looking forward to building on this year’s progress with our clients and partners in 2011.

“The momentum in the market is being maintained despite the onset of the festive season and we are already working with clients for our first and second auctions of the New Year.”

The next two Acuitus auctions will be on February 22 and April 7 at the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1.