APAM market Talisman House for £19.5 million

Commercial property asset and investment manager APAM has Talisman House for sale and could be the biggest deal since the pandemic.

It instructed Knight Frank to market Talisman House for £19.5m reflecting the initial yield of 11.77%.

The property could sell more than Neptune’ Energy’s headquarters in the city earlier this year which was marketed at £15.25m.

The building comprises more than 96,000 sq ft in more than six storeys. Talisman House is currently let in its entirety to Repsol Sinopec Energy UK.

Sinopec and Repsol acquired stakes in Talisman Energy – the original occupier of the building – in separate deals during 2012 and 2015.

The Holburn Street building was developed in 2000 and over the last three years Repsol Sinopec Energy UK has undertaken rolling refurbishment programmes, including recently incorporating state-of-the-art integrated operating centres.

The company is also involved in a partnership to develop a large-scale green hydrogen facility on Orkney from its Aberdeen base, underlining its commitment to the North Sea.

Knight Frank’s analysis found that take-up doubled between the second and third quarters of 2021.

Douglas Binnie, associate at Knight Frank, said: “Talisman House is a well-known building in Aberdeen, let to a strong occupier in Repsol Sinopec, which has solid ties to the city – not least in its modernisation of its office, but equally through its major hydrogen project on Orkney. While the asset offers a high yield, it is also a high-quality property in a good location in the city.

“A higher, and more sustained, oil price has helped lift Aberdeen’s commercial property market, with increased deal activity and renewed activity from occupiers. All things being equal, we expect to see increased investor appetite for the city as we move into 2022, with the occupier market continuing to recover and, with that, investment activity picking up.”

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