DWS grows its 'Build to Rent' presence acquiring an 80 million euro residential development in Barcelona

DWS today announced the forward purchase of a residential ‘Build to Rent’ (BtR) development in the Zona Franca district of Barcelona on behalf of one of its German retail real estate funds in an off market transaction from the developer Culmia, for 80 million euros.

This follows DWS's investment in late 2020 of almost 100 million euros in its first ‘BtR’ development in Madrid and Barcelona's metropolitan area comprising 320 residential units. Both transactions are part of an alliance between DWS and its management partner, Urban Input. This brings DWS’s total 'Build to Rent' portfolio in Spain to around 416 million euros.

Ronen Ribak, Head of Real Estate Transactions, Europe at DWS said: "With this new project, DWS continues to strengthen its commitment to the 'Build to Rent' segment in Spain and Europe. In the future, we will continue to invest in high quality, sustainable housing in excellent locations and, above all, affordable."

Having commenced construction, the Zona Franca project will comprise 210 high quality, affordable homes upon completion to be delivered over two phases in 2021 and 2022. Communal areas will include a swimming pool, library, green areas, multipurpose rooms and concierge, among others. As a "Net Zero Energy" building, its high sustainability standards will target a BRREAM "Very Good" certification.

Located in La Marina del Prat Vermell, it is the largest land development in Barcelona currently undergoing significant development and urbanization. It benefits from excellent connectivity with the centre of Barcelona through public transport and by road. 

Matthias Naumann, CIO Real Estate, concluded: "The dynamic location of this investment, along with buoyant residential drivers and limited BtR opportunities in Barcelona support the fund’s strategy to expand its residential portfolio in Spain."

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