ARA Asset Management to sell Singapore office building leased by Alibaba: sources

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Real estate fund manager ARA Asset Management and UK property group Chelsfield are listing their jointly owned Singapore office building for about S$800 million, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The asking price for the building - located near the famous Orchard Road shopping belt and just 10 minutes drive away from the financial district - translates to S$3,319 per square feet (sq ft), the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter is private.

The 11-storey office and retail space, which measures over 241,000 sq ft, currently houses Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding and its South-east Asian online shopping unit, Lazada Group.

Representatives for ARA declined to comment. Spokespeople for Chelsfield didn't immediately reply to requests for comment.

ARA and Chelsfield purchased the building in 2019 for S$555.5 million under an equal partnership. The tower, previously known as the Manulife Centre, was later renamed to 5One Central following the purchase.

In June this year, the office was rebranded as Lazada One after the e-commerce firm and its parent company became a major tenant when they leased 140,000 sq ft of space while waiting for their own building in the financial centre to be redeveloped.

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