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£210M Trafford Park Sale Falls As Pre-Pandemic Pricing Collapses

Developed by Harbert European Real Estate Fund III, Trafford Point is located on Ashburton Road West, close to J10 of the M60 motorway
Developed by Harbert European Real Estate Fund III, the 240K SF Trafford Point is located on Ashburton Road West, close to J10 of the M60 motorway

A £210M deal to buy a slice of the Trafford Park industrial estate has fallen out of bed as buyers back away from pre-pandemic pricing.

This is the second Manchester deal to have failed to complete, bringing the total to £720M. Bisnow is holding a webinar on investing in industrial on 23 April. 

Warrington Council was to have paid £210M for a selection of industrial and logistics assets at Trafford Park, Manchester, in a deal with U.S. investor Harbert Management Corporation.

The portfolio includes the 240K SF Trafford Point development close to junction 10 of the M60 motorway. 

Warrington Council has now walked away from the deal, but said it may come back later in the year, PlaceNorthWest reported.

The sale price is reported to be above the £200M asking price. The pandemic means that the asset’s risk profile has changed, the council told PlaceNorthWest.

Last week Manchester Airport Group’s efforts to sell a portfolio including a 50% stake in the Airport City development site was in doubt after asset manager Columbia Threadneedle pulled back from a deal, citing a material adverse change in circumstances. The £510M deal is currently off but repricing to reflect the new risk profile could mean the sale is resurrected.

"At this point talks are ongoing and we are unable to comment further," Columbia Threadneedle said in a statement to Bisnow.

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