Howard Kennedy advise Ballymore on sale of major ground rent portfolio

Law firm Howard Kennedy is advising leading developer Ballymore on the sale of a large ground rent portfolio.

Known as Project Oak, the portfolio will include ground rent receipts from 3,654 units across eight of Ballymore’s sites, including phase one of Embassy Gardens in Vauxhall and phase one of London City Island in Canning Town.

The total income from the sites is £1.8m, with the sale expected to attract bids in excess of £65m. Ballymore will sell only the income from the ground rents, retaining the freehold and the management of the assets.

A Howard Kennedy team of 12, led by Real Estate partners David Philips and Kate Woodgate and supported by associate Katy Klingopulos is advising on the structure of the sale and providing full due diligence information to all 3,654 units. The team will advise on the sale, which is expected to complete towards the end of this year.

The eight sites are:

  • High Point Village, Hayes, UB3
  • London City Island Phase 1, Canning Town, E14
  • Embassy Gardens Phase 1, Vauxhall/Nine Elms, SW8
  • Pan Peninsula, Canary Wharf, E14
  • Tower Warehouse, Wapping, E1W
  • New Providence Wharf, Blackwall, E14
  • Ontario Tower, Blackwall, E14
  • Providence Tower, Blackwall, E14

David Philips said:


David Philips, Partner
It is rare that such a large portfolio of ground rents are put up for sale, and even more so when concentrated into a few key assets. We are delighted to be part of this landmark deal.
David Philips, Partner

John Mulryan, Managing Director, Ballymore said:

We have come up with a way of selling the investment, the income, while maintaining the control of the freehold and maintaining quality. We will continue to manage the estate and the people who have bought from us.
John Mulryan, Managing Director, Ballymore

CBRE and KPMG are also advising Ballymore.

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