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Carlyle Group acquires prime City of London property

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, says: “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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