UPDATE 1-BlackRock accepts offer Singapore office tower to Qatar fund for $2.5 bln

File picture of a BlackRock building in New York June 12, 2009.

Reuters/Eric Thayer

BlackRock Inc (BLK.N) has actually accepted sell a 43-storey workplace building in Singapore to Qatar Financial investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund, for S$ 3.4 billion ($ 2.5 billion), in exactly what the United States company stated was the largest-ever single-tower realty handle the Asia-Pacific region. Asia Square Tower 1, situated in the city-state’s monetary district, has more than 1.25 million square feet of net lettable area and has Citigroup Inc (C.N) as its anchor tenant, BlackRock and Qatar Investment Authority stated in a joint statement. BlackRock was encouraged by real estate expert companies JLL and CBRE. “Following this flagship transaction, we anticipate there will be increasing financier interest in Singapore prime office stock in the coming months,” Greg Hyland, head of capital markets Singapore at JLL, said in a different statement.

The sale comes as vacancy rates in Singapore’s office building sector are nearing their highest level in virtually a decade, with the supply of business area set to increase amidst slowing economic growth.

Designers are set to include 4 million square feet of workplace in Singapore this year and another 1.4 million next year, stated Nicholas Mak, executive director at SLP International Property Consultants. BlackRock also owns a second tower in the Asia Square advancement.

( Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Edwina Gibbs).

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