Cold storage and logistics warehouse acquired for £53.4M

A long let cold storage and logistics warehouse development in Alconbury Weald, Huntingdon, has been acquired by LondonMetric Property for £53.4m.

The 300,000 sq ft building is pre-let on a 25-year lease to AM FRESH GROUP, an international agritech company that supplies the majority of UK supermarkets with a range of items including fruits, plant-based fresh goods and flowers.

LondonMetric said the rent of £2m per year equates to a low £6.70 per square foot and is subject to five yearly CPI+1 linked reviews.

The development is located at Alconbury Weald on the A1(M), with the nearby A14 interchange providing a direct link to Felixstowe port. The property will be fitted out with market leading robotics and automation and include an innovation centre and incubator for agri-tech R&D.

The building will be certified BREEAM Very Good and construction by AM FRESH has commenced, with completion expected in December 2022.

Andrew Jones, chief executive of LondonMetric, said: "This is a high quality development benefitting from a very long lease to a market leader in fresh produce and adding an exceptional building to our portfolio. We are excited about working in partnership with AM FRESH as we use our expertise to help deliver their new warehouse and build a long term relationship."

Mark Player, UK managing director of AM FRESH, added: "AM FRESH is excited to be involved in the unveiling of our latest site in the UK. The group continues to focus on our end-to-end value chain operating on behalf of strategic customers and grower partners alike."

Alvaro Muñoz, group chief executive of AM FRESH, said: "We are committed to driving cutting-edge innovation and technology across the fresh produce industry coupled with operational and sustainable efficiencies to pioneer new solutions. We strive to deliver high-quality fresh goods to UK consumers while creating a community of skilled employees to enrich the Huntingdon area for future generations."

Enrique Lopez, CFO of AM FRESH, added: "The new building will allow us to further develop our fruit business in the United Kingdom and continue to provide the market leading service that our customers have come to expect. This is an important addition to our global portfolio of logistics and production facilities, and we look forward to delivering the building with our new partners at LondonMetric."