The Carlyle Group acquires prime City of London building from Amsprop to expand its ‘Uncommon' flexible workspace brand
17 MAY 2018, London, UK - Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) has acquired The Crosspoint building on Liverpool Street in London from Amsprop in an off-market transaction. This investment adds to the Uncommon flexible office and co-working business that Carlyle and the Adir Group launched in June 2017. Capital for this investment came from investment funds that Carlyle advises.
The building is to be rebranded ‘Uncommon Liverpool Street’, with an opening expected later this year. The 41,000 sq ft nine-storey office benefits from 360 degree views over the City skyline including two roof terrace gardens. Adjacent to Liverpool Street station, the site offers excellent access to the London underground, mainline railway services and, from 2019, the new Elizabeth Line Crossrail station.
Liverpool Street will be Uncommon’s fourth and largest flexible workplace facility in London, adding 850 workstations to the existing 1500-desk portfolio, which comprises operational assets in Islington and Borough, as well as a 26,000 sq ft facility in Fulham that is scheduled to open this summer.
Carlyle and the Adir team aim to expand Uncommon further across London, targeting locations with strong transport connections. The product aims to take advantage of changing working patterns and mind-sets, as well as occupiers’ increased requirements for flexible space, with high levels of service and a focus on the connection between employee well-being and productivity.
Uncommon’s workplaces are designed to appeal to established companies, small businesses and start-ups capitalising on the need to expand and contract as the size of their operations change.
Peter Stoll, Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, commented: “Crosspoint is a superb addition to Uncommon which will dramatically raise the profile of the business and improve its London footprint. From a property standpoint it is a brand new grade A office building with flexible floorplates, a lot of natural light, some spectacular common areas and terraces which fit perfectly into the exacting requirements for design that defines Uncommon. The incredible connectivity sits comfortably in the context of growing and changing work-life patterns in London.”
Chris Davies, Director at Adir Group said: “It’s a superb asset that matches our exact requirements and adds another flag on the London map for Uncommon. We will create a unique and creative environment, moments from a major transport hub, for our members to work and enjoy, while we support them in every way. We look forward to adding additional freehold sites to the portfolio over the coming months.”
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About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $201 billion of assets under management across 324 investment vehicles as of March 31, 2018. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,575 people in 31 offices across six continents.
About Adir Group
The Adir Group is headed by Gal and Tania Adir, and is focused on disrupting the property and lifestyle sectors with creative innovation. Uncommon is the latest venture in Adir's development as a creator of inventive brands, continuing their commitment to pioneering the most up-to-date advances in technology and design.
The group originally founded an award-winning residential development company over six years ago which has been successfully acquiring and developing residential assets in prime and near prime London since 2011 ranging between high value single dwellings to multiple unit schemes.
Using their expertise in residential redevelopment and interior design, Adir founded co-working brand Net.Works. in 2014 which was rebranded as Uncommon. Since then, they have developed the first site in Highbury and Islington, which has been operating successfully since April 2015.