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HKMA in London property project

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 November, 2013, 1:57am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 November, 2013, 1:57am
 

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has entered into a 50-50 joint venture with British-based Great Portland Estates to develop the Hanover Square Estate project in Mayfair, London.

The London-based real estate investment trust said it sold the site for £202 million (HK$2.5 billion) to the venture. The site will be developed as a mixed-used project of office, residential and retail spaces.

A spokesman for the HKMA said yesterday the regulator would pay £101 million for a 50 per cent stake of the site.

"We believe the partnership will create long-term value, which is in line with our real estate investment objective," the HKMA said in a statement last night. "London has proven to be a strong, liquid real estate market with robust demand for grade A office and retail assets over different market cycles."

It said the project, with its prime location and growth potential, met its investment criteria.

Hanover Square Estate was a long-term investment, so its success should be measured over the medium to long term - 10 years or longer - the HKMA said.

Great Portland was granted permission in 2011 for a 208,000 square foot redevelopment project incorporating a new Crossrail station. Once completed, it will provide 163,500 sqft of grade A office space across three buildings, 32,700 sqft of prime retail and restaurant space predominantly fronting New Bond Street and six residential units.

The HKMA's investment came on the heels of a string of Asian and Chinese investments in London. In July, Ping An Insurance paid £260 million for the Lloyd's Building.

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WTF is the HKMA doing investing in a real estate development in London? There are so many levels of idiocy here I don't even know where to start! Real estate development, no matter how liquid or large a market the project is in, is far beyond the risk profile that a monetary authority should be taking on. Development is an illiquid investment, full stop. Do you see the US Fed investing in real estate development? Then there's the question of why London? London is in the midst of a real estate boom/bubble - it may go for a few years yet, but this is hardly a low-risk environment. If the management of HKMA want to be developers too, they should not be doing so with HKMA funds!
 
 
 
 
 

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