RCSI seeks €57m for city office block

Proceeds of Beaux Lane House sale to fund college improvements

Beaux Lane House is at the rear of St Stephen’s Green shopping centre

Beaux Lane House is at the rear of St Stephen’s Green shopping centre

Wed, Jul 9, 2014, 01:10

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is to sell an office block at the back of the St Stephen’s Green shopping centre in Dublin.

The proceeds of the sale will be used to fund improvements at its city centre campus and to integrate it with the Ardilaun Centre, on St Stephen’s Green, which was previously occupied by Eircom.

DTZ Sherry FitzGerald will be quoting €57 million for the freehold interest in Beaux Lane House, a six-storey over basement building fronting on to Lower Mercer Street, where the main tenant is chartered accountants firm BDO.

The 12-year-old block is fully occupied and producing a rent roll of €2,739,120, which will rise to €3,136,950 when the college remains on the lower ground floor and starts paying a rent of €322 per sq m (€30 per sq ft) under a new 10-year lease.

BDO, the world’s fifth-largest accountancy firm, leases 59 per cent of the building on four floors on a 20-year lease from 2002. Other tenants in the 9,775sq m (105,217sq ft) block are Legal and General, Michael Page, Riot Games and Hartley & Marks.

The €57 million selling price equates to a net initial yield of 5.27 per cent and a capital value of €5,694 per sq m (€529 per sq ft) after allowing €30,000 for each of the 45 car parking spaces.

The building is arranged around a central atrium allowing natural light to permeate through much of the block. It is fitted out to the highest specifications with access to the upper floors via two high-speed lifts.

Clive Roche of DTZ Sherry FitzGerald said significant interest from domestic and international investors was expected because of the potential to take advantage of the ongoing growth in office rents.

This is the second phase of the RCSI’s plans for the development of its St Stephen’s Green campus. The college recently laid the foundation stone for an €80 million education facility on nearby York Street.

RCSI chief executive Prof Cathal Kelly said that the reinvestment represents significant progress on the college’s journey to becoming a leading international health sciences institute with a global reputation for the education and training of healthcare professionals and researchers.

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