Japan's NTT Urban Development buys Melbourne office for A$72m

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Japanese group NTT Urban Development Corporation has bought an office building in Melbourne from an Australian Unity fund for A$72m (US$46.3m).

The Tokyo-headquartered firm purchased the property at 200 Victoria St in Carlton through its local subsidiary, UD Australia Pty Ltd, the buyer said.

200 Victoria St

The property offered 7,912 sq.m. of lettable space on the northern edge of Melbourne’s CBD, and had been held in Australian Unity’s diversified property fund.

The fully-occupied asset was anchored by the EPA (Environment Protection Authority), with a weighted average lease expiry by income of about two years.

Australian Unity said 200 Victoria St had a book value of A$72m, but was most recently valued at A$59.2m in October last year.

Melbourne office assets have attracted plenty of local and overseas investors in recent times.

In February, Singaporean-based ARA Asset Management and Canadian institutional investor QuadReal Property Group acquired a grade-A office development at 200 Victoria Parade in East Melbourne, as part of a new Australian joint venture.

Last year, Australian REIT Dexus and the Dexus Wholesale Property Fund teamed up to buy the 105,000 sq.m. 80 Collins Street precinct in Melbourne from Brisbane-based QIC Global Real Estate for A$1.476bn (US$1.03bn).

Australian property fund manager Charter Hall, Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and the Charter Hall Prime Office Fund acquired Telstra’s global headquarters in Melbourne’s CBD for A$830m (US$582.3m) last year as well.