LandSecs sells Manchester’s Printworks for £108m

Land Securities has sold The Printworks in Manchester to DTZ Investors for £108m.

Redeveloped and reopened in 2000, The Printworks is a city centre leisure destination, covering 368,770 sq ft over four floors.

The landmark site is anchored by the 20-screen Odeon cinema, which houses the only IMAX screen in Manchester. There are also 17 food and drink venues, including brands such as Tiger Tiger, Hard Rock Café, Yates, Wetherspoons, Wagamama and Nandos, together with a health club.

The venue has an annual footfall of over seven million people, linked to events at the nearby MEN Arena. The scheme generates a net annual income of £6.75m, with over 99% of the income secured to national multiple covenants.

The Printworks represents a rare opportunity to acquire a major freehold investment located in the core of the city - Tony Brothwell, DTZ

Polly Troughton, head of the leisure portfolio at Land Securities, said: “We have created value at The Printworks through asset management, resulting in the lowest level of vacancy rates for a number of years. This sale crystallises the increased value the team has delivered.”

Tony Brothwell, fund manager at DTZ Investors said: “We have been looking to gain exposure to the vibrant central Manchester retail and leisure market and The Printworks represents a rare opportunity to acquire a major freehold investment located in the core of the city on an attractive yield basis.”

JLL acted on behalf of Land Securities, and Cortex Partners acted on behalf of DTZ Investors.

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