IFSC block sold to insurance firm for over €40m

Italian company buys one of the district's original office buildings

3 Harbourmaster Place, which contains office space of 4,919sq m over five floors and 41 basement car-parking spaces.

Demand for the original office buildings in Dublin's IFSC continues to hold up with another block, 3 Harbourmaster Place, selling to an Italian insurance company at a yield of 5.2 per cent.

Several other blocks bought in the past three years by Irish investment funds and REITs have been, or are due to be, refurbished to capitalise on the significantly higher rents available in the area.

Colm Luddy of CBRE and Domhnaill O'Sullivan of Savills secured in excess of €40 million – more than €2.5 million above the guide –for 3 Harbourmaster Place which was sold on the instructions of receivers Grant Thornton.


Anglo Irish Bank


provided the original funding for the investment in 1995 to two groups of high profile investors headed by former chairman of the bank Seán Fitzpatrick and the late auctioneer and property investor

David Courtney


The two groups of owners were in a position to claim 100 per cent capital allowances on the tax-driven investment over the initial 10-year period.

Another of the original office buildings in the IFSC, the slightly larger 2 Harbourmaster Place, was sold at the end of 2014 to Ardstone Capital for €37.85 million in a deal that is showing a net yield of 5.4 per cent.

The €40 million obtained for 3 Harbourmaster Place works out at €8,131 per sq m (€755 per sq ft).

The building is strategically located overlooking George’s Dock and close to Connolly railway station where the transport services include the Dart, Arrow and suburban rail and regional schedules, and the Luas Red Line.

The top class office accommodation extends to 4,919sq m (52,094sq ft) over five floors and comes with 41 car-parking spaces at basement level.

The office accommodation is fully let, producing a rental income of €2,456,000 per annum.

Around 50 per cent of the rent comes from Depfa Bank while Danske Bank accounts for a further 23 per cent of the revenue.

Both companies are paying relatively strong rents of €516 per sq m (€48 per sq ft).

Another tenant, Allianz, is paying a similar rent while ANP International Finance struck a deal at €409 per sq m (€38 per sq ft) and Afilias agreed to pay €323 per sq m (€30 per sq ft).

With a weighted average unexpired lease term of around 4.38 years, the new owners should be able to negotiate surrenders to allow them to upgrade the various floors with a view to increasing the rent further.

The clever design and layout of 3 Harbourmaster Place allows considerable flexibility with three wings off a central core allowing sites to range in size from 2,232sq m (24,024sq ft) to 1,068sq m (11,495sq ft).

Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan is the former commercial-property editor of The Irish Times