Shoosmiths Leeds advises on £13m office to residential conversion deal

Shoosmiths Leeds advises on £13m office to residential conversion deal
Richard Outhwaite

Select Developments and Investment Group has been advised by the Shoosmiths Leeds team on a £13 million office to residential conversion deal.

The deal concerns the 72,975 sq ft office space, Aspect in Bracknell, which is now being lined up for a high quality residential scheme with up to 121 units with possible expansion to provide 146 units.

It is the latest real estate deal of this kind advised on by Shoosmiths in Leeds after the acquisition of a £10 million GDV office to residential scheme, Q3 Residences, Hayes in late 2016, at which apartment sales are scheduled to complete in February 2018.

“Aspect is a substantial office park in a key Thames Valley location and this deal will bring much-needed high quality new homes to Bracknell,” said Shoosmiths’ Leeds-based real estate partner, Richard Outhwaite.

“The team included myself as well as real estate senior associate, Neil Bradley. We are seeing a growing market for office to residential conversions across the country as the demand for housing continues and people’s working habits are changing, meaning many office buildings are under occupied and no longer in use.

“Our expertise in the Shoosmiths real estate team in Leeds and Manchester means we are well-placed to handle this kind of development transaction.

“With a team of more than 65 real estate lawyers and staff in both cities, Shoosmiths’ continues to build one of the North’s leading real estate practices.”