Centuria announce acquisition of Moore Street Optus Centre in Canberra

Centuria announce acquisition of Moore Street Optus Centre in Canberra
Centuria announce acquisition of Moore Street Optus Centre in Canberra

Centuria Capital Group (Centuria) has announced their acquisition of 10 Moore Street, Canberra.

The property known as the ‘Optus Centre’ will be directly purchased by Centuria Diversified Property Fund (CDPF) for $35 million from commercial property group Quintessential.

Commenting on the acquisition, Centuria’s Head of Real Estate and Funds Management, JasonHuljich, said Strong support from investors and financial advisers in the CDPF has seen the funds inflows increase significantly this financial year, allowing the fund to make strategic purchases.

“10 Moore Street is a centrally-located property – ideally positioned in Civic, the heart of Canberra’s CBD precinct."

“The building has been fully regenerated to a very high standard by Quintessential Equity – all the work done over the years has been of a high quality, and the actions undertaken to improve the environmental footprint of the building has resulted in a 5-star NABERS energy rating, further enhancing the quality of this acquisition.

It has a 4.3 year WALE (as at 1 June 2019), and is currently 98% leased to a mix of tenants, with a 12-month rental guarantee on approximately 2% (123 sqm) of vacant space, which Mr Huljich is confident about leasing.

One of Centuria’s A-REITs, the Centuria Metropolitan REIT (CMA), owns two properties nearby– at 54 and 60 Marcus Clarke Street, about 100 metres from 10 Moore Street – so we are familiar with the area, and have had very good leasing success there: we understand what appeals to tenants,” he said.

Russell Bullen, Quintessential Equity’s Chief Executive Officer, said the group is very pleased with the sale of the 6,709sqm building, which he calls a “top-tier office investment”.

“Since we acquired the building in 2014, we’ve completed a full regeneration and successful releasing campaign at the property, future-proofing it for years to come."

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