Sale and leaseback of David Lloyd Leisure Newbury

September 7, 2017

The substantial freehold property was acquired by Orchard Street Investment Management for £17.58 million, which reflected a net initial yield of 4.5%. Coffer Corporate Leisure acted for the seller, David Lloyd Leisure.

The purpose-built club, which opened in December 2015, comprises over 59,000 sq ft of accommodation set on a 4.5-acre site. The premium facilities include: indoor and outdoor tennis courts, squash courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa facilities, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a member’s lounge and kids club, in addition to an on-site café/restaurant and 180 visitor parking spaces. The assets sole tenant, David Lloyd Leisure Ltd, has agreed a new 30-year lease subject to annual RPI linked rent reviews.

The property is situated in a predominantly residential area two miles south of Newbury’s historical town centre. The affluent and populous West Berkshire town is a commuting hub with frequent train services to both Reading (17 minutes) and London Paddington (48 minutes).

Tom Chadwick at Orchard Street, commented: "The supply of 30 year income with annual RPI reviews is very limited so we are pleased to add this first class asset to the portfolio.  This latest David Lloyd facility has firmly cemented its position as the leading fitness club in the wider area, experiencing robust client demand since opening, and we have high confidence in its prospects for continued growth."

Mark Sheehan, Managing Director of Coffer Corporate Leisure, commented: "This was an excellent opportunity to acquire a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility with the leading operator in the sector as tenant. This investment attracted many offers reflecting the strong David Lloyd Leisure covenant providing a long-term income. We are continuing to witness an outstanding appetite from investors for sale and leaseback properties in the leisure sector. Buyers like stability of trade and long-term indexed income which leisure leases often provide. These transactions provide tenants with great prospects to free up capital to reinvest into their portfolio."

Orchard Street was advised by CBRE on this transaction, while Coffer Corporate Leisure acted for David Lloyd Leisure.