Acquisition of core Lyon office property

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets completes acquisition of core Lyon office property from LaSalle Investment Management

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets (“AXA IM - Real Assets”), a global leader in real asset investments and the leading(1) real estate portfolio and asset manager in Europe, announces that it has completed, on behalf of a flagship core fund, the acquisition of CityOne, a core office property in Cité Internationale, a leading business district in Lyon, France, from LaSalle Investment Management.

CityOne comprises two identical eight storey buildings on the bank of the Rhône river, which are independently accessed and operated. Built in 2004 and designed by the renowned Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the properties provide 17,170 sqm of office space that is almost fully let to 21 tenants, as well as two ground floor retail units. The tenancy provides both diversity and resiliency of income, with three anchor tenants demonstrating strong covenants. The scheme holds a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for its sustainability credentials and has an 81-space underground carpark as well as roof terraces for tenant use on the top floors.

Lyon is the country’s best performing office market after Paris, accounting for some 40% of investment volumes outside of the capital and enjoying high levels of growth as more companies choose to relocate there. CityOne’s location in the Cité Internationale sub-market positions it in one of the most sought-after commercial areas of Lyon, benefitting from its good transport connections and pleasant surrounding environment, drawing a diverse mix of occupiers. CityOne is adjacent to Lyon’s Parc de la Tête d’Or, which provides a significant amount of green space for the building’s occupiers to enjoy. There are also a wide selection of retail, leisure and cultural amenities on offer in the vicinity.

John O’Driscoll, European Head of Transactions at AXA IM - Real Assets, commented: “This acquisition is a rare opportunity to invest in a prime office property within Cité Internationale, an in-demand office destination in the largest regional market in France. This purchase of CityOne is directly in line with our strategy of investing in core assets in first class locations that aim to provide highly visible and secure income streams.”

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1 Source: INREV/ANREV Fund Manager Survey – May 2018 – in terms of assets under management


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1 Source: AXA IM unaudited data

2 Source: AXA IM - Real Assets’ unaudited data

3 Source: INREV/ANREV Fund Manager Survey – May 2018 in terms of assets under management

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