Hurstwood buys Aberdeen Energy, Innovation Parks

Manchester based property company AM Sci Tech – a subsidiary of Hurstwood Holdings – has finalised one of the most significant property deals in the Aberdeen area in the last decade.

The acquisition encompasses Aberdeen Energy Park and Aberdeen Innovation Park, two expansive science parks in Bridge of Don comprising more than 13 buildings, ground leases, a diverse community of 120 occupier tenants and 100 acres of untapped development potential.

The parks were bought from Moorfield for an undisclosed sum.

“The acquisition is the culmination of over two years of meticulous planning and dedication,” said Hurstwood.

“Both parks feature a wide array of traditional industrial and multi let office buildings as well as laboratories, primarily tailored to support science, oil, gas, and related businesses.

“With this acquisition, Hurstwood now solidifies its position as one of the most prominent property owners in Aberdeen.”

Hurstwood Holdings chairman and CEO Stephen Ashworth said: “I am delighted that we now have control of these two extremely important sites for the city of Aberdeen in Scotland, the energy capital of Europe.

“The UK must become more independent for its energy supply in the coming years, and Aberdeen plays an extremely important part in this journey.

“We are very excited about the future potential and prospects and extremely pleased to be playing our part in this as a UK-wide property company.”

AM Sci Tech’s acquisition secured the estates management team and associated services and contracts.

Going forward, management will be overseen by the team in Aberdeen and Hurstwood Asset Management, which is based at Hurstwood’s head office in Peter Street, Manchester.

Ashworth added: “Through considered and strongly focused asset management, the Parks have significant potential to improve its current income profile, which we believe could exceed £100 million in the next 10 years.”

King Street Real Estate acted on behalf of AM Sci Tech in the acquisition. Ted Murray of King Street Real Estate said: “We believe Scotland has been significant oversold on the last decade, in particular Aberdeenshire.

“The government’s recent plans to grant new North sea oil and gas licences will no doubt bolster demand for commercial space in the area and drive significant value for investors going forward.

“The parks themselves are made up of 13 office, laboratory and industrial buildings.

“Comprising 100 separate occupational and ground leases, we are delighted to have advised on such a highly complex transaction through to a successful conclusion.

“We look forward to a continuing involvement and working closing with HAM to realise the business plan over the coming years.”

Ritchie Watson, Corporate Lending Director at Together, which provided the funding for the deal, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with the AM Sci Tech team to provide the multi million pound funding needed to complete the purchase.

“Seeing Hurstwood Holdings continue to go from strength to strength and building a 15 year strong relationship with Together has been incredibly rewarding for us. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

King Street Real Estate acted as the broker and manager of the deal while Burness Paul handled the legal aspects.

Jayne Hindle, Hurstwood Group’s in-house lawyer and Julie Black, Director and Company Secretary of Hurstwood Group, worked alongside the brokers and legal teams to manage the deal.