Hermes pays £36m for Croydon’s Threepenny Bit Building

Posted on 13 May, 2015 by Cliff Goodwin

Asset adviser Hermes Investment Management has made its second multi-million pound purchase in Croydon this year.

Hermes pays 36m for Croydons Threepenny Bit Building

Last month the British Telecom Pension Fund vehicle acquired the South London town’s only dedicated dining and leisure complex, when it paid Aberdeen Asset Management £33m for Grants Entertainment Centre.

The City-based firm, which also has an office in Singapore, has now spent £36m to buy One Croydon from a joint venture between Wainbridge Global Opportunities London and Princeton Investments. Designed by famed architect Richard Seifert, the landmark building offers 170,271sq ft of Grade A office space over 23 floors.

Located next to East Croydon Railway Station, the tower has recently undergone an extensive internal and external upgrade which, Hermes chief executive Chris Taylor confirmed, was a big influence on his funds decision to buy the office block.

“The acquisition of One Croydon is consistent with our long-term investment approach seeking to capture the benefits from major urban regeneration programmes in the UK’s key strategic commercial centres,” said Taylor.

“Croydon Town Centre is undergoing significant regeneration with major new regional shopping and leisure facilities, enhanced public realm, new urban housing and excellent transport infrastructure.

“We believe One Croydon will benefit from its pivotal position at the heart of the town’s exciting future as a dynamic commercial centre close to Central London,” he added.

Completed in 1970, the distinctively shaped One Croydon — formerly the Noble Lowndes Annuities Tower — has been known by various nicknames over the years; the most popular have been the Fifty-Pence Building, the Wedding Cake and Threepenny Bit building, due to its resemblance to a number of threepence coins stacked on top of each other.  Despite a previous £3.5m refurbishment in the late 2000s it was branded by Channel 4 as one of the UK’s top eyesores.

In a parallel deal, commercial agents Stiles Harold Williams and Savills have let two floors of One Croydon to Sussex Innovation Centre, a sub-department of the University of Sussex. The 14,472 sq ft letting tops off what local agents confirm has been one of the busiest years in the town’s office market since 2007.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts

Aldi’s Expansion Plan

British Steel on the verge of collapse with over 20,000 jobs at risk

Paris watches as flames engulf one of France’s most famous landmarks

Debenhams on the brink of administration as board reject Ashley’s bid

Emmanuel Macron pushes for a new Europe with European Parliament elections on the horizon

Brexit impacts property market

Brexit uncertainty impacts the property market


Creative Christmas window displays

Toronto downtown skyscrapers

Brief history of skyscrapers

Savvy promotions attract early Christmas sales for retailers

Are savvy promotions attracting Christmas sales for retail stores?

Greenfield developments

Greenfield developments: The facts

facts about converting chapels churches

Things to consider when investing in church or chapel conversions

Lincoln Castle 1068

Exploring Lincoln Castle’s Georgian and Victorian Prison

the leopard inn Burslem

Facts about The Leopard Inn, Stoke-on-Trent

ancient high house Stafford

The majestic Ancient High House in Stafford

retro video game arcades

Retro video game arcades: The comeback

industrial style offices

How to achieve an industrial inspired office