Connaught Place & BKC among the Most Expensive Office Locations

Connaught Place in New Delhi and Bandra-Kurla Complex(BKC)in Mumbai have been counted among the top and most expensive office locations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Connaught Place: the low class business people are forced to sell their goods in the open market as offices have become hotter here.

Connaught Place: As offices have become hotter here, the number of street-marketers may increase.

According to Cushman & Wakefield’s annual survey titled ‘Office Space Across The World 2013′,  Connaught Place  in New Delhi and Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai are included among the most expensive office locations in the Asia-Pacific region. Surprisingly the list dropped Nariman Point from the top 10 list.

As per the global real estate consultant’s report, Connaught Place; where the yearly cost of office space per sq. ft. was $162, stood second in the top 10 list of the region and fourth in the worldwide list. While with $82 per sq. ft. of yearly cost, BKC ranked eighth in the list.

Meanwhile Nariman Point which was considered as one of the most expensive office locations in India was not included in the top 10 list.

Connaught Place emerged as the fourth most expensive office locations in the world. This is mainly due to the shortage of office space in the area, said Mr. Sanjay Dutt, executive MD, C&W. Continue reading

ICICI Bank and Sahara eye Parsvnath’s prime land in Delhi.

Real estate major Parsvnath Developers may soon be able to reduce a significant chunk of its debt, thanks to certain corporate giants showing interest in buying a prime piece of property it owns in the national capital.

The Sahara Group is engaged in discussions with Parsvnath to buy its commercial land near Connaught Place in New Delhi, according to sources. ICICI Bank is also among the contenders for the piece of land, it is learnt.

The 1.18-acre plot at Kasturba Gandhi Marg was bought by Parsvnath in 2008 for about Rs 200 crore, with the aim of constructing a retail-cum-office complex. But the realtor is now looking to sell it to cut mounting debt, currently at Rs 1,300 crore.

Although the Parsvnath management is looking for a price of Rs 700 crore, the interested parties are ready to sign a deal at Rs 600 crore, sources said. Property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle is advising Parsvnath on the deal.

Pradeep Jain, chairman, Parsvnath Developers, did not respond to repeated calls and e-mails. Mails to Sahara spokespersons did not elicit any response.

An ICICI Bank spokesperson said, “ICICI Bank has no plans to acquire this property.”

According to sources, ICICI is exploring the possibility of constructing a corporate house in the locality in partnership with Parsvnath, without acquiring the land.

Earlier, as part of its fundraising exercise, the company had entered into various deals with private equity funds.

In January 2011, Parsvnath signed an agreement with SUN-Apollo India Real Estate Fund LLC for an investment of Rs 100 crore in its premium residential project at Ghaziabad—Parsvnath Exotica. SUN-Apollo had acquired 49.9 per cent stake in the project SPV.

Then, the company sold a minority stake in Delhi-based residential project Parsvnath La Tropicana to JP Morgan for about Rs 150 crore. Through the deal, the previous investor, Red Fort Capital, made an exit. The company had plans to construct an office complex at Connaught Place along with the PE firm.

According to realty experts, demand for land at prime localities has risen as corporate houses look to move their headquarters to such locations.

Anuj Nangpal, director-investment advisory, DTZ India, a real estate consultancy, said, “Organisations are increasingly signaling their arrival or resurgence by moving their presence into the centre of metros. The branding benefit of such ownership of prime real estate far outweighs the costs. Further, employees are also increasingly assessing their jobs and future basis of their office infrastructure and the pride in occupying prime real estate clearly impacts long-term retention.”

Earlier, Business Standard had reported on the discussions being held by textiles major Alok Industries with various large corporate groups to sell its property at Peninsula Business Park in central Mumbai. Alok was looking at a deal in the range of Rs 900-1,000 crore.