Sentinel Spends $103m on Brisbane CBD Tower


Brisbane-based Sentinel Property Group has snatched up Makerston House in Brisbane CBD's “North Quarter” precinct from investment management company Challenger in a $103 million swoop.

The asset acquisition, which is 100 per cent leased, was sealed on a net passing yield of 7.85 per cent.

The 30 Makerston Street building, located opposite the Queensland Police Service headquarters and 50-metres from the Brisbane Transit Centre and Cross River Rail, marks Sentinel’s largest purchase in its 10-year history.

ASX-listed Challenger has been busy divesting assets, with the recent sales of its $150 million Next Hotel on Brisbane's Queen Street mall this month to Salter Brothers, and the $200 million sale of major office tower 31 Queen Street in Melbourne.

Challenger said the recent sell-down is part of its strategic decision to reduce its real estate asset allocation and shift into fixed-income investment.

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Sentinel Property Group managing director Warren Ebert said the purchase forms part of it growing Sentinel Regional Office Trust.

The trust also comprises assets including 200 Creek Street Brisbane, 8 Buller Street in Port Macquarie, 11 Argyle Street, Newcastle, and Central Plaza and River Quays in the Townsville CBD.

The 14-level building, which spans a 1,796sq m site, has a 4.63 year WALE and is leased to the Queensland government along with other state projects which include the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail network and the $2.1 billion Brisbane Live precinct.

Sentinel has a national portfolio of more than 40 retail, industrial, office, land, tourism infrastructure and agribusiness assets across six Australian states and Territories with a total value of more than $1.14 billion.

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