Europa Capital, ConvergenCE acquire Akadémia Business Center
Pan-European real estate investment manager Europa Capital announced that it has acquired Akadémia Business Center in Budapest, in partnership with commercial real estate investor and developer ConvergenCE.
The acquisition has been completed on behalf of Europa Capital’s latest value add fund, Europa Fund VI.
Located on the banks of the Danube, on the corner of Akadémia and Arany János utca, the about 12,500 sqm building is located in a neighborhood that serves as the city’s primary business, political, tourism, and cultural center.
Akadémia Business Center has until recently served as the headquarters for Raiffeisen Bank, but with the bank now fully vacated it offers a new opportunity for refurbishment and repositioning. According to the press release, the objective is not only to create a building suitable for modern occupiers but also to transform the asset to a Net Zero Pathway, removing the reliance on greenhouse gases. The building will also be targeting both BREEAM, Wiredscore, and WELL certification.
ConvergenCE, which has acted as a local partner to Europa Capital in Hungary since 2005 will be responsible for the local asset management.
Works are expected to start on completion of the acquisition and will involve extensive internal renovation, the provision of new mechanical equipment, remodeling of common and office spaces.
Robert Martin, partner and head of investments at Europa Capital, comments, “Akadémia Business Center is in a top location and is an asset with a lot of opportunity to undertake our usual high standard of refurbishment with a focus on NZC pathway, wellness, and occupier requirements."
“Prime office availability in the heart of Budapest is scarce, underpinning the business case for the investment. On completion the property will be very attractive to those companies looking for a prestigious, downtown address with good wellness and sustainability credentials,” he adds.
Jason Oram, partner and fund manager at Europa Capital, says, “This investment demonstrates our conviction in a contrarian opportunity in the cycle for well-located office assets, as the market adjusts to the impact of the pandemic. The addition of Akadémia Business Center to our office portfolio offers another great opportunity to add value through extensive high-quality refurbishment, which we are confident of delivering through our well-established partnership with ConvergenCE.”
Csaba Zeley, managing director of ConvergenCE, added, “We are pleased to be partnering with Europa Capital again following the successful development of a number of projects including Eiffel Square, Kálvin Square, B52, and CityZen, all of which have since been sold. With its exceptional location and prominent façade, we believe Akadémia Business Center has the potential to be one of the most prestigious mixed-use commercial buildings in Budapest.”
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