Construction on a 56 room (112 key) Quest Apartment hotel in Ascot has commenced following the successful completion of a $11.5 million development fund by M/Group and subsequent settlement of the 2,211sq.m development site. It is the second property undertaken by M/Group for the apartment hotel giant, with the first in Joondalup currently nearing completion.
The Quest Apartment Hotel in Ascot is located at 266 Great Eastern Highway, near Perth Airport and enroute to the Perth CBD. Its strategic location is in close proximity to Ascot racecourse, Optus Stadium, Crown Casino, Perth CBD and Perth airport, and is serviced by a road network that will see some 63,000 vehicles pass the site each day.
The property is being constructed by M/Group’s building division, M/Construction, which is currently engaged on a number of multi-residential and commercial projects across Perth, including Quest Joondalup.
M/Group Managing Director, Mr Lloyd Clark, said M/Group’s recent success and track record in fully subscribing property funds suggests a thirst in the market for secure investments.
“It’s difficult to dispute the investment potential and returns of a project that has a long- term lease agreement with a multi-national operation, as well as an independent valuation uplift created through the development delivery process,” he said.
“Quest Ascot is one of several property funds M/Group has successfully subscribed, largely due to a group of investors that now follow our projects based on our capacity to deliver.”
Quest is Australia’s largest apartment hotel operator by number of properties and is the second largest by the number of rooms. The Ascott Limited (wholly owned by Singapore’s CapitaLand) owns 80% of Quest . It has over 43,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities around the world with a further 31,000 units under development. Ascott is the largest serviced residence provider in Australiasia and is targeting to double its global portfolio to 160,000 units over five years.
The Quest Ascot development project was negotiated by M/Group in an off-market arrangement.
“We are delighted by our growing investment portfolio and the success it has had in recent months. Some of our investment offers have out-performed expectation, which both demonstrates a solid model and market interest for income-generating funds,” Mr Clark continued.
“We are currently working on a number of new opportunities to meet investor demand.”
M/Group is an integrated property organisation that has over $185 million of Investor funds under management with a projected asset value of approximately $1 billion. The company recently expanded its portfolio to the eastern states to add to its string of regional shopping centres with one centre recording an independent valuation uplift of $10.5million in under a year.
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M/Group acquires third sub-regional shopping centre in QueenslandRead more
M/Group has acquired a third sub-regional shopping centre asset, Pialba Place Shopping Centre in Hervey Bay, QLD. The acquisition was made as part of an investment model that has already proven highly successful in the first two of its shopping centre assets.
The Centre was acquired in an off-market transaction for $36million, of which $22million was raised through a company-managed property investment fund. The purchase price represents a yield of approximately 8% on passing net income. The asset is 3.5 hours drive from Brisbane at the gateway to Fraser Island and located on a 4.38 hectare site that occupies an island block surrounded by three street frontages.
M/Group Managing Director, Mr Lloyd Clark, said the site was identified for its development potential and possesses the same return prospects as the company’s current shopping centre portfolio.
“Our model is to acquire assets that provide strong income returns to our investors whilst implementing strategies that reposition the assets. We first look to acquire assets with solid fundamentals and overriding lease covenants that also offer value add opportunities that can improve both the shopping experience and investment returns,” he said.
“The model has already proven successful at Wodonga Plaza in Victoria, which recently recorded an independent valuation uplift of $10.5million in just over a year. We also expect similar results from our WA Asset in Albany, Chester Pass Mall, following the announcement of development plans and an agreement with an ASX National retail group to relocate its premises to the Centre.
Wodonga Plaza was acquired for $ 43.5 million in 2017 and is now operating at almost 100% occupancy. It’s increased Weighted Average Lease Expiry (WALE) has gone from under 4 years to just over 6 years.
Albany’s Chester Pass Mall received a valuation uplift of $5 million from its original purchase price of $20million, again on the back of a ‘hands-on’ leasing strategy. M/Group is expecting a further significant valuation up-lift following the agreement with an ASX National retail group, as well as pursuing other tenant negotiations to further improve amenity at the Centre.
M/Group Director, James Collis, who manages the company’s assets, said M/Group has already identified a number of opportunities at Pialba Place that could further increase the shopping centre’s capital value in the short, medium and long term, including a gap analysis that provides several opportunities for future retail.
“Pialba Place is extremely well located and backed by a good local economy, growing population and a number of blue-chip tenants, including Coles and Big W. This, of course, is pivotal in providing secure long-term income,” he said.
“M/Group is already working on plans to reposition the Centre, including investing in a refurbishment. We take a very hands-on management approach to back filling and renegotiating tenancies for immediate gains.
Settlement of Pialba Place took place Friday, 8 February 2019.
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M/25 Apartments by Match | Construction Completed December 2018Read more
Construction completion has been achieved at M/25 by Match in the prime location, Mount Lawley, just minutes from cafes, restaurants and bars.
M/25 Apartments by Match consists of 30 residential apartments and retail space on the ground floor. Each apartment has its own spacious balcony or courtyard for all-year outdoor entertaining.
Christmas comes early with the arrival of new Wodonga Plaza RetailRead more
Christmas will come early at Wodonga Plaza with the announcement that even more new retail outlets will be open by early December.
The local community shopping hub has announced that Rivers and Ally Fashion will be opening, as well as Mastercut Meats – all opening in the coming weeks.
Centre Manager, Ms Cherie Daly, said the Centre is literally buzzing and its new retail tenancies will be great for the community in terms of employment opportunities and shopping variety leading up to Christmas.
“With the arrival of Rivers and Ally Fashion, Wodonga Plaza secures its place as a verified fashion destination, complimenting the broad range of fashion retail already in the Centre with baby wear through to menswear and women’s fashion,” she said.
“Our 140-seat food court is also taking shape with Quick Kababs who opened this week, laying claim to the first of three new takeaway outlets to arrive in the Centre. It all speaks volumes for the Wodonga community and the confidence these businesses have in our region.”
The activity continues with Chemist Warehouse now open having taken over the Amcal Pharmacy, and extended leases in place from Millers, Autograph and Noni B. Harmony Massage will move to a brand new location next to Jay Jays, allowing for an expansion of Goldmark in the wellness centre’s previous space which will include a brand new fit out in the New Year.
Wodonga Plaza’s fashion offer will also be supplemented in the lead up to Christmas with Style Supply Co pop up arriving in December.
Mr James Collis from centre owner M/Group, said he is thrilled at how the company’s vision for the centre has come together, and more so by how much the community and tenants have embraced the company’s $4million refurbishment.
“Who would have thought just 12 month ago there would be so much activity and excitement taking place at Wodonga Plaza. We’re so pleased to have had the opportunity to shine a light on the importance of this regional shopping centre hub to attract national brands, such as Rivers, Ally Fashion and CottonOn Mega, to give the community even more options,” he said.
“As we move towards Christmas, Wodonga will now have an even greater environment to enjoy the festive season. We thank the community and our tenant networks for their support and belief in the vision.”
Christmas festivities will kick-off on 8th December with the arrival of Santa and a free Christmas craft workshop being held between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December, 2018.
The community is invited to follow the Wodonga Plaza Facebook Page and/or subscribe to its newsletter via www.wodongaplaza.com.au for regular updates.
Form Apartments by Match | Construction Completed August 2018Read more
Construction completion has been achieved at Form by Match located in prestigious Port Coogee Marina Estate. The interesting block formations designed to maximise natural light, views and orientation benefits give this apartment development a presence like no other in the area.
Home in WA | Master Builders WA | Construction Award 15th September 2018Read more
M/24 Apartments in Leederville won the Master Builders Award for Best Multi-Unit Development between $10-$20million. See it here on Home in WA where they speak to Jason Robertson from Master Builders WA and our very own Michael Read, Director of M/Construction behind the construction of the apartments.
(*Story and footage courtesy of CH7 Perth and HOME in WA!)