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Europa targets last-mile logistics with new UK platform

Property investment manager Europa Capital is targeting last mile logistics in the UK with its newly launched British Light Industrial Platform.

The platform is targeting a GAV of more than £100 million in 18 months and has been established with a £27 million seed portfolio of three industrial assets located close to London and 88% occupied. Seven Dials will be the platform’s asset manager.

The new enterprise will mainly focus on income producing last-mile logistics and warehouse investments with the opportunity to create value through active asset management, such as refurbishment, re-letting activity and expansion through development.

Europa said the platform will capitalise on the positive market trends near major UK cities, where rental growth is underpinned by a reduction in supply and rising demand from the growing e-commerce sector.

“This new platform is a planned agglomeration strategy whereby we look to acquire smaller assets, which require active management, and then to improve liquidity further through creating scale,” explained Europa Capital partner James Fortescue.

Europa Capital was advised by Avison Young.