Topland sells regional trio

May 2014

Topland has sold a hat-trick of investments from its regional portfolio for close to £36m.

In the East Midlands, Topland led by billionaire Sol Zakay, has sold Lakeside House in Northampton to Valad for £20.85m representing a yield of 8.4%.  The former UK headquarters of Scottish & Newcastle is on Northampton's premier business park and is let on a single lease subject to fixed rental increases to National Grid until 2027 with a tenant break in 2022.

Following a re-gear of the lease to Everything Everywhere (EE) which increased the term to 15 years at Langage Office Campus, Plymouth Topland has now sold the property.  It comprises of three modern offices built in 2000 providing over 60,000 sq ft of office accommodation.  The property was sold to Oval Real Estate after going under offer.  Sale details were not disclosed.

Also in the South West Topland has sold Woodfield House & Riverside Chambers, Castle Street, Taunton to clients of CCLA for £4.9m.  The two offices are fully let to the Government until March 2016 with occupiers including the Crown Prosecution Service and the Charities Commission.  Topland acquired the properties in December 2012 for £3.6m.

Topland Managing Director Mark Kingston said: "These transactions vindicate our early contgra-cyclical decision to back regional investment.  Active management and improving regional economies have delivered strong returns for Topland.  This is a pattern you can expectg to see with furthe rregional sales.  The proceeds of sales will be recycled for future acquisitions."