Property fund manager Centennial has secured a 10-year lease with air-conditioning giant Daikin at an industrial and logistics facility at Royal Park in Adelaide. 

Centennial bought the 31,120 sqm property, which is now fully leased, for $5.4 million almost two years ago. 

Daikin will move into its new Royal Park DC headquarters on Brandwood Street upon completion, comprising 7,580 sqm of office, warehouse and showroom space. 

National construction group, FDC Construction & Fitout was appointed to redevelop the site. 

The 10-year lease was brokered by Savills’ Darren Curry and Steve Bobridge.   

Joining Daikin will be major national logistics group, Allied Express, which has committed to leasing a 5,250 sqm warehouse facility over five-years that was brokered by Martin James of JLL. 

The site had been vacant for a number of years when Centennial acquired it, however the group’s Executive Director and CEO Industrial & Logistics Paul Ford said the site possessed all the key elements to becoming an institutional-grade of scale asset within the Adelaide market.    

At the time of purchase, Ford said the site held enormous potential for value-adding due to its unrivalled location, generic design and flexibility that would appeal to a broad range of industry sectors and usages and was acquired well below land value. 

“Royal Park DC and its soon-to-be-finished warehouse and hardstand areas is a prime example of our national strategy of sourcing mid-space and functional assets that offer strong connectivity to major distribution networks in often land-constrained, inner-ring/urban locations at scale,” Ford said.   

“It also supports our key focus of working with high quality occupiers that are often starved of institutional service in their ‘mid space’ requirements.” 

Michael Trad, Daikin Australia’s General Manager of Supply Chain and IT, said the company was drawn to Royal Park due to factors including geographical location, size and distribution capabilities. 

“The proximity to ports and Daikin customers presented us with a solution that would improve our effectiveness in the market. The Centennial team has been able to accommodate our unique design requirements to align the site to our operational needs,” Trad said.  

“The investment to centralise our entire Adelaide business into one site will showcase a consolidation of the state sales and service offices; a new state-of-the-art training academy; trade and spare parts outlet, together with a Daikin operated warehouse housing Daikin Australia’s full product range of both Australian-made and imported products.” 

Savills’ NSW Director of Industrial & Logistics, Darren Curry said the Royal Park DC was an ideal location for Daikin given its proximity to the motorway and ability to leverage its corner location and generic design to offer a wide variety of space options and usages. 

“Competition for the site from prospective tenants was high and combined with Adelaide’s tight vacancy rates in the industrial and logistics sector – sitting at just 1.3 per cent (Q4 ’22) – plus very little new supply coming onstream in 2023, I expect demand for quality sites such as Royal Park DC to remain strong,” Curry said.