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Thu, 28 April 2016

Ascott to Acquire Property in Islington, London

Ascott is acquiring a prime property in the heart of Islington, London through its serviced residence global fund with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).

 Ascott will invest a total of 52 million (Sin$100.4 million) in the 108-unit property which will be named Citadines Islington London.

Citadines Islington London is the US$600 million funds third investment, barely five months after its maiden acquisition of two properties in Paris and Tokyo in November 2015.

 Ascotts fund with QIA provides the financial boost to support our acquisitions and growth as Ascott gears up to achieve our global target of 80,000 apartment units by 2020. Making our third acquisition within five months is a testament to Ascotts strong alignment of interest with our capital partners, said Mr Lee Chee Koon, Ascotts Chief Executive Officer. The addition of Citadines Islington London will strengthen Ascotts position as one of the largest international serviced residence operators in Europe, with an asset size of over Sin$1.5 billion. Our portfolio in the region will increase to more than 5,300 units in 45 properties across France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Georgia and Spain. We aim to double our portfolio in Europe to 10,000 units by 2020.

Set up through a 50:50 joint venture with QIA in July 2015, the serviced residence global fund is Ascotts largest private equity fund. It invests in serviced residences and rental housing properties with an initial focus on Asia Pacific and Europe. In November 2015, Ascott and QIA announced the funds investment in two properties in Paris and Tokyo for US$137 million. The luxury serviced residence near Champs-lyses, La Clef Champs-lyses Paris, is set to open in 2018, while Somerset Shinagawa Tokyo is already operational.

In London, Ascott operates close to 1,000 units across seven properties Ascott Mayfair, The Cavendish, Citadines Barbican, Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden, Citadines South Kensington, Citadines Trafalgar Square and Citadines St Mark's Islington.

Citadines Islington London

Scheduled to open in 2019, Citadines Islington London is close to Londons West End, the United Kingdoms premier entertainment quarter and Europes largest shopping district with major tourist attractions and countless bars, restaurants and nightclubs. It is also a 10-minute walk to The Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club.

Islington has excellent transport links, with the nearby St. Pancras International station providing easy access to the Eurostar railway that links to other parts of Europe.

The serviced residence will be part of the prime Islington Square, an integrated development developed by Sager Group, in association with Cain Hoy. Islington Square will also comprise 263 new homes and 170,000 square feet of retail and leisure facilities.

Citadines Islington London will offer modern living within a restored Edwardian building the former Royal Mails sorting office, where its baroque facade and ornate detailing from more than a century ago will be preserved.

 The serviced residence will have classic rooms, studio and one-bedroom apartments. Its facilities will include a breakfast and lounge area as well as a gymnasium.

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