Activity evident in all investor classes in South Wales

Over £40m investment deals transacted in second quarter of 2015

28 July 2015

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Our investment team, comprising Graham Davies, Nick Lawley and Nick Golunski, has transacted over £40m worth of deals in South Wales in the second quarter of 2015. The level and quality of these deals reflect the current trend for increased investor interest in commercial property in the region and provides evidence of the attraction to each investor class.

These include:

  • Acquisitions for pension funds – attracted by the opportunities for rental growth and income yield;
  • Disposals to American private equity funds – attracted by high initial yield, providing generous premiums over low interest rates;
  • Acquisitions for private individuals investing through SIPPs – new pension rules making SIPPs more attractive as an investment vehicle for new clients.


Recent transactions included the acquisition of Helmont House, Cardiff on behalf of Knight Frank Investment Management for £34.6m (the biggest deal in Wales in the first half 2015) and the sale of Ty’r Llyn/Venture Court Swansea to Colony Capital/Quidnet Capital.


The size of our Investment team and combined breadth of our experience enables us to closely track local and national market conditions and fluctuations affecting the attractiveness of commercial property in Wales to all types of investors. We are negotiating a number of further acquisitions and are always happy to give investors the benefit of our expertise. Please contact Graham Davies, Nick Lawley, or Nick Golunski .

Cardiff Waterside is a significant property holding for Aviva Investors at almost 500,000 sq ft. Our experiences show the benefit of working with a regional specialist where occupational markets can be unlocked with a good team with excellent local contacts. Ben Bolton and his team have done this for us for many years and been fundamental to our success and a very low void rate in Cardiff.

Matthew Leach, Arriva Capital Waterside