09/12/2011: Allianz acquires 80pc stake in Skyline Plaza shopping centre in Frankfurt
Joint venture with ECE and CA Immo
Allianz has taken an 80pc shareholding in the Skyline Plaza – a new shopping mall due to open in Frankfurt/Main in autumn 2013. It’s been sold by CA Immo Deutschland GmbH and ECE, although they have each retained a 10pc stake in the property. The total investment volume is around €360 million.
“Allianz’s investment in the Skyline Plaza is another highlight of our investment activity in Germany,” declared Stefan Brendgen, CEO of Allianz Real Estate Germany. “Thanks to the presence of ECE and CA Immo, we will have two outstanding partners at our side during both construction and subsequent operation. This acquisition takes us a major step closer to our goal of increasing the retail share in our portfolio.”
“We’re proud to have such an experienced and prestigious partner as Allianz on board. The Skyline Plaza is an exceptional project for us. Allianz’s early participation proves the attractiveness of this scheme at this prime location in Frankfurt,” proclaimed Alexander Otto, CEO of ECE.
Bernhard H. Hansen, CEO of CA Immo Deutschland and CTO of CA Immobilien Anlagen AG: “Skyline Plaza is another flagship project in Europaviertel alongside Tower 185. I’m especially pleased that this project, too, will be carried out to strict sustainability criteria – which is vital in order to succeed among both tenants and investors like Allianz.”
The Skyline Plaza is being built in Europaviertel – a brand new inner-city district emerging close to the main railway station, the Frankfurter Messe exhibition centre and the banking district. CA Immo is developing this dynamic area into a vibrant urban setting with plenty of real estate for offices, hotels, shopping and apartments.
Following its completion in autumn 2013, the Skyline Plaza will contain around 38,000 square metres of retail space on two levels accommodating about 180 retail units. The centre will also house a Meridian Spa covering an area of some 9,200 square metres. Moreover, planning includes a roof garden 10,000 square metres in size with a view of the Frankfurt skyline and featuring a mix of cafés, restaurants and relaxation areas. Benefiting from excellent transport links, the Skyline Plaza will include a multistorey car park as well for around 2,400 vehicles – and drivers will be able to quickly reach the city centre and the motorways.
Joint venture partners CA Immo and ECE will be building a conference centre at the same time as the shopping mall.
Allianz Real Estate Germany was advised during the transaction by Clifford Chance, Jones Lang LaSalle and Ernst & Young.