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 .

Mansford has expanded its investment portfolio over the last few years. Over this time Andrew West has provided us with a full rating valuation service which has involved giving a view on liabilities prior to acquisitions, as well as conducting negotiations with Valuation Officers on our UK estate. The portfolio includes a wide range of properties from shops, offices and pubs to major leisure schemes. He has been particularly successful in mitigating our liabilities to empty property rate, which has been an issue on acquisition prior to implementing our development and letting strategy. I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew's expertise in rating valuation for all property types. The profile of property within his portfolio and the successes achieved are testament to his position as an extremely accomplished rating practitioner.

Leopold Hall, Partner, Mansford LLP