Creating value through change of use
In 2010, Picton acquired, as part of a portfolio, a 16,400 sq ft warehouse in Oldham, previously used as a builders’ merchants. The building was leased to a national trade retailer at £74,000 per annum who was not in occupation.
Planning consent was obtained to convert the unit into a gym and a small adjacent piece of land was acquired to increase the size of the car park.
On lease expiry the unit was then comprehensively refurbished and during the year let on a 15 year lease to The Gym Group at an annual rent of £0.15 million per annum.
The property was subsequently sold for £2.2 million, reflecting a net initial yield of 6.4% and an 85% premium to the March 2016 external valuation. Net of the £0.5 million of costs incurred since acquisition, the asset was sold at a 130% profit.
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