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The week in global real estate - 29 June 2020

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A weekly update of the biggest real estate news from around the globe.

Institutional investors / REITs

  • Investment companies, Ivanhoé Cambridge Holdings, Bouwinvest Real Estate and Greystar Real Estate have announced a joint venture focused on funding purpose-built student accommodation in the Greater Paris region. The venture has an investment capacity of €1B. More info here.
  • Singaporean investors, Peakstone have purchased a 32,000 sqm office tower in Sydney from Dexus for $530M. More info here.


  • Tech company Atlassian has announced plans for the world’s tallest hybrid-timber tower to be built in Sydney’s new Tech Central precinct. The 180m, 40-storey tower will cost more than $1B to construct. More info here.
  • NASA is renaming its headquarters building after Mary W Jackson, the first female African American engineer to work for the agency. More info here.
  • WeWork is abandoning plans to move into a Manhattan office it agreed to lease two years ago. WeWork planned to retrofit the 10,600 sqm space before moving in. More info here.
  • WeChat owner Tencent is continuing plans for its master planned commercial district in Shenzhen, China. The development will have 2,000,000 sqm of floor area and prioritise green space and self-driving vehicles. More info here.


  • Valentino are suing their New York landlord to terminate their lease. Valentino claim that the lease has become void as it requires the store to be able to continuously trade under its brand, which has not been possible due to the COVID19 pandemic. More info here.
  • GNC has filed for bankruptcy and has announced it will close 1,200 stores as it looks for a buyer. The vitamin supplement company had declining sales before the pandemic. More info here.
  • British mall owner Intu have appointed administrators after struggling to secure a deal with creditors. The company had high net debt prior to the lockdown. Reduced rental income has added further pressure. More info here.


  • Amazon has agreed to lease a 93,000 sqm warehouse to be built on the site of a former paper-making factory in New York. The new multi-storey Queens warehouse will include rooftop parking and will function as a delivery station. More info here. 

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William Silk

Analyst | Stategic Advisory


William joined the Strategic Advisory team as an Analyst  in the Auckland CBD office in 2019, after completing studies at The University of Auckland. 

Specialising in research, reporting and analysis to support strategic commercial proprety decision making. 

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