Building 510, London Biggin Hill Airport

Biggin Hill TN16 3BN

Overview

  • Biggin Hill Airport is strategically located within the M25, 14 miles east of Central London
  • 6 minutes from Central London by helicopter
  • Ranked within top 15 airports in Europe for business
  • 18% market share of London's private jet travel
  • 750 destinations in 75 countries
  • Dedicated UK Port of Entry with on-site Border Agency
  • Purpose-built high specification airport hangar and associated flight support centre totalling 73,356 sq ft with direct airside access
  • Site area 3.27 acres
  • Long Leasehold until Jan 2120, at a current rent passing of £228,099 pa
  • Let to Biggin Hill Airport Ltd until 6th June 2026 subject to a mutual break on/after 6th June 2021, at a rent of £728,099 pa
  • Net rent currently receivable £500,000 pa
  • Sub under-let to Bombardier and Signature
  • Opportunity to simplify structure in June 2021 and increase the net rent receivable/secure vacant possession

Location

The Property is located at London Biggin Hill Airport which is approximately 17 miles to the south east of Central London, 16 miles to the south west of Dartford, 9 miles to the south east of Croydon and 8 miles south of Bromley.

The town is located on the A233 which connects through to Junction 4 of the M25, 8 miles to the south east. Biggin Hill is one of only three airports located within the M25.

Central London is 6 minutes by helicopter. Other major nearby transport links include the Channel Tunnel, linking Folkestone/Ashford with the ports at London Gateway and Dover.

Situation

The airport is accessed via the A233 which connects with the A232/A21 through to Junction 4 of the M25. The property itself is situated immediately to the south of the runway with direct airside access.

London Biggin Hill Airport

  • London Biggin Hill Airport (LBHA) totals c.500 acres with three terminals and a runway extending to 1,820m, with the capacity to accommodate a Boeing 737/Airbus 320. It is home to 70+ businesses including Bombardier, Signature Flight Support, Textron Aviation, Castle Air Charter, Zenith Aviation and Formula One
  • The airport has 18% market share of London's private jet travel with flights to 750 destinations in over 70 countries. It is ranked within Europe's top 15 business airports. Services include VIP handling, hangarage, support and maintenance for a range of business jets
  • The airport provides a gateway for business passengers to Central London with competitive opening hours (06:30-23:00); all weather landing aids; Border Agency on site; 6-minute helicopter transfer into Central London
  • Alongside £60m+ of private investment in new hangars/infrastructure, funding has recently been approved for the London Aerospace and Technology College to open in 2020 which will provide a national base for the development/employment of newly qualified aero-engineers. Planning permission has also been granted for a boutique hotel adjacent to Building 510 together with a new flying school

Description

Building 510

Building 510 comprises a modern purpose-built maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hangar/ancillary accommodation constructed in 2011 together with a fixed base operations facility (FBO) constructed in 2012, totalling approximately 73,356 sq ft.

We understand that the overall initial build cost was in the region of £17.25m. The MRO benefits from the following specification:
  • Steel portal frame construction
  • 10m minimum eaves height
  • Clear 89m span with six aluminium power sliding doors providing clear openings of 59m wide x 9.6m high
  • 5mm resin finish floor with integral DPM
  • Two overhead cranes with 2-tonne lifting capacity which span the entire floorplate and can be remotely controlled
  • A sky-walk glazed bridgeway joins the FBO and offices at either end of the facility
  • Ratio of external/internal lighting provides the most effective share of light to support under/above maintenance
  • Recessed floor boxes with single/triple phase power and compressed air connections
  • 24/7 security, CCTV monitoring and gatehouse facility
  • 500kva standby generator with ability to provide 5 days continuous power
  • Dedicated airside apron extending to approximately 50m, providing direct airstrip access
  • Complies with all industry standards for the maintenance/repair of private jets
  • Grade A ancillary office accommodation benefitting from air-conditioning, raised floors and suspended ceilings

The FBO facility is fitted out to a top specification providing passengers with a high end arrival/departure experience and also includes a fully operational Border Control.

Externally, there are 70 spaces for cars in a secure site with barrier controlled access via a 24-hour manned gatehouse.

Accommodation

The property has been measured in accordance with the RICS Code of Measuring Practice (6th edition). Further information can be found in the Schedule of Accommodation link below.

Site

The site has an area of approximately 3.27 acres (1.32 hectares).


Tenure

The Property is held long leasehold from 1st January 2010 for a term of 100 years, i.e. unexpired term of approximately 91 years.

The ground rent is subject to 5 yearly rent reviews linked to RPI currently set at £228,099 per annum. The next review is in January 2020

Tenancy

The Property is sub-let in its entirety to Biggin Hill Airport Ltd under an FRI lease (subject to a Schedule of Condition) for a term of 10 years expiring 6th June 2026 with a mutual break option on/after 6th June 2021, subject to 18 months' prior notice. This tenancy is excluded from the Landlord and Tenant 1954 Act. The current passing rent is set at £703,099 pa; the Vendor will top-up the rent to the fixed increase of £728,099 pa on 7th June 2019. There is a RPI uplift on 7th June 2021.

The property has been further sub-let in its entirety to Bombardier and Signature.

Further information can be found in the Tenancy Schedule link below.


Covenant Information

Biggin Hill Airport Ltd
Biggin Hill Airport Ltd provides specialist aviation and related services for the Business and General Aviation sector at Biggin Hill Airport. The company has a D&B rating of 3A1. Further information can be found in the Covenant Schedule link below.

Bombardier (Short Brothers)
Short Brothers plc is an aerospace company based in Belfast. Founded in 1908, it was the first company to make production aircraft and in 1989 was bought by Bombardier. Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

In 2016, Bombardier doubled its capacity at London Biggin Hill Airport by moving into Building 510 which accommodates over 100 technicians. The facility services aircraft, including scheduled/unscheduled maintenance, modifications and installations for Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft. This is Bombardier's primary maintenance operation for UK/Europe having recently relocated from Germany.

Short Brothers is a subsidiary of Bombardier Inc. Bombardier Inc is a global leader in the transportation industry with over 68,000 employees worldwide across 28 countries. For the year ending December 2018, global revenues totalled $16.2 billion - see www.bombardier.com

Signature Flight Support
Signature Flight Support is one of the largest global Fixed Base Operations companies operating in over 200 locations worldwide delivering essential support services for business/private aviation including refuelling, hangarage, maintenance, repair/overhaul as well as a high-end passenger arrivals/departures experience. They have a D&B rating of 4A1 - see www.signatureflight.com. Further information can be found in the Covenant Schedule link below.


VAT

The Property is elected for VAT purposes and it is anticipated that the sale can be treated as a Transfer of a Going concern.

ASSET MANAGEMENT

  • Simplify/re-gear the existing sub-lease structure
  • Exercise the mutual break option in June 2021 within the Biggin Hill Airport Ltd lease to create a direct relationship with Bombardier/Signature Flight Support
  • Increase the net rental income currently receivable from the property
  • Secure vacant possession and drive rental growth upon reletting
  • Secure vacant possession for own occupation in 2021

RATING ASSESSMENT

The Property has a rateable value of £595,000. The current uniform business rates multiplier is 49.3p.

EPC

D(80) and D(87). Certificate available upon request.

DATA ROOM

There is a dataroom containing relevant legal/lease documentation - access available upon request.

Note: The asset is held in a Jersey based SPV.

Proposal

We are instructed to invite offers for the Long Leasehold interest in Building 510.

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