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Four new lease agreements in ‘Scheepvaarthuis’ Groningen

9-10, 2017

HighBrook Investors, a New York based real estate private equity firm, has secured four new leases for its multi-tenant office Scheepvaarthuis at Laan Corpus den Hoorn 200 in Groningen realising an occupancy rate of over 90 percent. New tenants in this modern and high quality multi-tenant office are Hofsteenge Zeeman Groep, Datanext, MediaCT and iWink.

HighBrook Investors acquired the Scheepvaarthuis in December 2016 as part of the acquisition of the Hanzevast office portfolio. At the time of the acquisition, in which Equity Estate acted as advisor to HighBrook Investors, the Scheepvaarthuis was fully vacant.

Hofsteenge Zeeman Groep B.V., accountants in the public sector, has agreed on a long term lease of the third floor (640 m2). Datanext, an innovative company in Marketing Automation and Big Data solutions, signed a contract for the lease of office space located on the half of the ground floor (285 m2). MediaCT BV, a leading e-commerce development company for webshops, signed a long term lease contract for the first floor (640 m2) as well as a part of the ground floor (121 m2). iWink, a developer of technology channels for marketing & communication professionals such as websites, intranets, digital newsletters and narrowcasting screens, leases out the second floor of the building (640 m2) as well as a part of the ground floor (121 m2) in the building. In this way, MediaCT and iWink share half of the ground floor of Scheepvaarthuis offering both tenants combined spaces for lunch, meetings, events and recreation.

International real estate advisor Cushman & Wakefield advised HighBrook Investors in all leasing transactions except the lease with Hofsteenge Zeeman Group. MediaCT was advised by Thijssen Vos Bedrijfsmakelaars in Groningen. Hanzevast, the seller of the property in December 2016, assisted in the negotiation of the leases with Hofsteenge Zeeman Groep, iWink and MediaCT.

In 2017 the Scheepvaarthuis at Laan Corpus den Hoorn is fully renovated and transformed into a modern multi-tenant location providing high quality large office floors combined with ‘living room-like’ work areas and meeting rooms. The office comprises approximately 2,675 m2 divided over 4 office floors and a basement. Having finished the asset management plan and realising an occupancy rate above 90 percent from full vacant when acquired, HighBrook Investors has now instructed the sale of the building. Equity Estate acts as advisor to HighBrook Investors in the sale, international real estate advisor Cushman & Wakefield is mandated for the marketing and sales of the property.

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