Primary Health Properties announces forward funding acquisition of new primary care centre

Primary Health Properties announces forward funding acquisition of new primary care centre

LONDON: Primary Health Properties PLC, one of the UK’s leading investors in modern primary healthcare facilities, has contracted to provide development funding for the construction and acquisition of a purpose-built primary care centre in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland for an anticipated total cost of €18.0 million.

Agreements for lease for an initial term of 30 years have been signed with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and a local GP practice, which will relocate to the centre on practical completion.  The lettings will be accretive to the overall WAULT of the PHP portfolio and will provide for approximately 90% of the income from strong government backed covenants.

The building, which will comprise an area of 5,333m2, is to be constructed to the new Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) regulations in Ireland.

This acquisition will increase PHP’s portfolio to a total of 511 assets, of which 17 are in Ireland, with a gross value of just under £2.5 billion and a contracted rent roll of £132 million.

Harry Hyman, Managing Director of Primary Health Properties, commented: “We are delighted to announce this transaction, one of a number of development projects the Group is pursuing at present in the UK and Ireland.  The property, which is due for practical completion at the end of 2021, will support both the HSE’s strategy of healthcare provision in Ireland and PHP’s strategy of delivering modern healthcare facilities let on long lease terms to tenants with a secure covenant.  We have a strong pipeline of opportunities in the UK and Ireland and are well positioned to continue to grow our portfolio and to support the healthcare systems in these markets through the provision of modern, primary care infrastructure.”

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