Skanska Sells Major Budapest Office Project

The real estate fund that acquired the 387,500-square-foot Mill Park also purchased Promenade Gardens, another newly constructed office building in the Hungarian capital.
Mill Park
Mill Park

Skanska has sold Mill Park, a two-building office project in Budapest, Hungary.  The real estate fund of Erste Alapkezelő Zrt., a subsidiary of Erste Asset Management GmbH, acquired the asset for roughly $116 million, or about €100 million. The deal comes days after Erste purchased Promenade Gardens, a recently completed Budapest office building, from Horizon Development for an undisclosed amount.

The soon-to-be-completed Mill Park complex is located within the ninth district in the Central Pest submarket and is about 80 percent leased to multiple tenants. The 387,500-square-foot property, which is close to cultural and academic institutions, features outdoor coworking spaces, an amphitheater, restaurant and café. It also has a garden of nearly 60,000 square feet with a green area and recreational facilities.

Mill Park is designed to meet LEED Gold standards and is expected to come online this quarter. Skanska said the transfer of the two buildings to the new owner will occur during the third and fourth quarters and will be recorded this quarter by Skanska Commercial Development Europe.

Balázs Pázmány, head of the board of Erste Asset Management Ltd., told the Budapest Business Journal that Mill Park will provide long-term income for its investors and that it fits in with the fund’s desire to acquire newly built Class A office buildings. Promenade Gardens, a 269,097-square-foot office building in the Váci corridor, the city’s most developed business area, also fit those criteria. It is BREEAM and LEED certified and has already signed leases with international tenants, including Citibank and Celanese. At 97 percent leased, more signed deals are expected to be released soon.

In other recent commercial real estate news in Budapest, a Hyatt Hotels Corp. affiliate signed a management agreement in July with Városház Utca Projekt Ingatlanforgalmazó Kft. to open Hyatt Regency Budapest, a 231-key hotel, in early 2020. It’s the first Hyatt Regency in Budapest.

Skanska’s European moves

Mill Park isn’t the only European property the global development and construction company has sold in recent months. In June, Skanska sold K6, a 129,166-square-foot office building under construction in Helsinki, Finland, to Senate Properties for approximately $62 million. K6 is slated for completion next summer and is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. In May, Skanska sold Campus 6.1, an office building in Bucharest, Romania, to CA Immo for about $60 million. It is expected to be completed this quarter and is nearly fully leased. 

On the development side, in January, Skanska signed a contract with Blekinge County Council in Karlskrona, Sweden, to construct a new building for Blekinge Hospital for $41 million. Slated for completion in February 2020, the seven-story building will have more than 129,000 square for medical and laboratory activities.

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