Stopper City’s well proportioned Half Moon Street development, tied down by Boots chemist at its lower level as its main flagship pharmacy in Cork, and involved overhead by workplaces for Apple Europe, is available to be sale as an investment, with a guide price of €34 million.
Developed on a carefully gathered site during the 2000s, facing the rear of Corks’ driving cultural institutions the Opera House and the Crawford Gallery, the Half Moon Street venture was finished in 2009, done by the late Owen O’Callaghan, pair with his company OCP’s Opera Lane retail and condo development on Academy Street and St Patrick’s Street.
It procures a present income of €2.6 million, is depicted as “one of the most significant prime investment opportunities to launch to the market in Cork in recent years.
National and overseas investor demand is expected, given the offer of a 7.07% return on the investment based on current rents.
The striking building of almost 120,000 sq ft, and designed by Wilson Architects in a glazed curve which reflects and mirrors the bulbous top of the Crawford Gallery red brick extension, stretches from the corner of Paul Street and plaza, along Half Moon Street from Emmet Place, and up and along a portion of Lavitts Quay, close to previous O’Callaghan Properties developments on the quay and at Paul Street.
Among the properties previously on the site was Arthurs’ electrical services company, and the garage and newsprint store for the Cork Examiner/Evening Echo, the old HQ of Thomas Crosbie Holdings, and the Cork Arts Society, in a building still preserved and now occupied by Half Moon OCP tenants Henry J Lyons Architects.
Also relocated during the development was Matthews, the family-owned active outdoors leisure and clothing company, who’d occupied the prime corner slot on Paul Street in the overall redevelopment site.
They were first wooed by rival developers, Howard Holdings, who planned a hotel and mixed uses on the quay and along Half Moon Street, but which was eventually acquired by O’Callaghan Properties. Among the tenant mix is a hair salon, Koppers.
Selling agents of the blue-chip tenanted building are CBRE and Savills, and vendor Brian O’Callaghan, now MD of O’Callaghan Properties, said they were bringing the investment to the market “as a direct response to the high levels of interest from both Irish and international investors in Cork in recent months.”
“We are currently developing the largest office complex in Cork at Navigation Square and the sale of Half Moon Street will further help to position Cork as a high-quality investment location for institutional investors.”
There’s a weighted average unexpired rent term (WAULT) of 4.12, and a WAULT to the expiry of nine years.
Joint agent Kyle Rothwell of CBRE added there was scope to help rents, particularly the workplaces as of now leased to Apple Europe at €22 psf, with “significant asset management and reversionary potential”.
“We believe this will appeal to both domestic and international firms looking for strong value add potential.”
Domhnaill O’Sullivan of Savills, noted “a dearth of assets of this grade on the marketplace. It is surrounded by a myriad of local amenities with a waterfront setting and extensive views of the River Lee. Its close proximity to prime retail on Patrick Street and Opera Lane will also prove attractive to prospective investors”.