Government-occupied Townsville office building sold in record deal

Government-occupied Townsville office building sold in record deal
Government-occupied Townsville office building sold in record deal

A major Townsville commercial office building has been acquired by Independent fund manager Castlerock, in the largest commercial office transaction in Far North Queensland.

The Melbourne-based group secured the State Government tenanted 445 Flinders Street in a deal brokered by Colliers for $92,855,000 million.

The deal represents a yield of 6.9 per cent on the passing income.

Settlement was pushed forward two months to the end of March due to a faster than expected influx of investors targeting long-term sustainable assets with strong and stable leases, according to the agents.

Castlerock director, Adam Bronts, said it was the company’s largest transaction to date and reflected a strategy to start moving into bigger transactions.

The purchase comes 18 months after Castlerock acquired 44 Nelson Street in Mackay for $52.4 million, again in a deal brokered by Colliers.

Both buildings are tenanted long-term by the Queensland Government.

“The purchase of Flinders Street in Townsville is our largest asset acquired to date and confirms our approach to purchasing long-term sustainable assets with long-term government tenants,” said Mr Bronts.

“It is a significant building in the city and a fantastic asset for our investors.”

445 Flinders Street acts as the region’s primary State Government headquarters and is 89 per cent leased to the government until September 2028, with a five-year lease renewal option.

Designed by ML Design, it is classified as an A-grade building comprising 11,383 square metres of floorspace across nine levels and offering the largest column-free floorplates in the local market.

It includes an additional 252 square metres of retail at ground level and three-level podium carpark accommodating 195 parking bays that offer Townsville’s best carparking ratio of 1:60.

It is occupied by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the Department of Health and Education.

The building also houses the Queensland Government’s North Queensland Recovery Centre, which because of its critical nature, has been highly specified and is able to operate without power or water for up to five days. Designed and built to an Importance Level Four classification, it can operate in the event of a natural disaster.

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