Property fund acquires Rutherglen trade park in maiden multi-million-pound Scottish deal

A trade park near Glasgow has been acquired in a maiden Scottish acquisition for a £100m industrial property fund.

Comprising four units, Clyde Gateway Trade Park in Rutherglen is located three miles south east of Glasgow in the heart of the Clyde Gateway regeneration area. Picture: White House Studios

Clyde Gateway Trade Park in Rutherglen has been acquired for £2.35m by the fund, which is managed by property investment company JR Capital and industrial asset manager Chancerygate.

Comprising four units ranging in size from 5,000 square feet to 7,000 sq ft, the trade park is located three miles south east of Glasgow in the heart of the Clyde Gateway regeneration area.

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The current occupier at the development is Evolution Fastners, a manufacturer of high performance fastners for the construction industry and Scottish vehicle conversion specialist Allied Vehicles.

The purchase by the fund brings its total investments to some £50m, comprising 650,000 sq ft of industrial space across 12 assets.

The fund has a further £50m to spend over the next 12 months and intends to raise additional capital. It is targeting multi-let industrial investments across the UK in lot sizes of about £3m to £15m.

JR Capital head of investments, Michael Ferris, said: “We are pleased to have completed our first site acquisition in Scotland and added Clyde Gateway Trade Park to our growing portfolio. The investment helps us gain access to an important market with strong underlying fundamentals.

“We have a strong appetite to invest in the industrial property market and are looking forward to an active year as we aim to expand our portfolio across Scotland and the UK.”

Chancerygate asset manager David Tyson added: “This investment is indicative of the confidence we have in Scotland’s industrial property market, with growing demand for high quality light industrial and warehousing set to sustain thanks to the strong diversity of demand in the market.

“Clyde Gateway Trade Park presented us with a good opportunity to enhance the geographical spread of our portfolio. The deal is a great way to kick off a year in which we’ll be looking to further expand the range of industrial property assets in the fund’s portfolio.”

Chancerygate is also a multi-unit industrial developer with 22 sites ranging from Livingston to Bournemouth. At the end of last year, it exchanged contracts to acquire a 7.5-acre site in Sighthill, Edinburgh.

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