Dutch-German investment manager Primevest Capital Partners and digital car park operator ParkBee have teamed up for the acquisition and operation of two prime car park assets in Rotterdam. Primevest has purchased the asset for around €14 million for its Primevest European Parking Fund IV, while digital car park operator ParkBee will run the daily operations under a long-term lease contract.
The two car parks are located at Wijnstraat 78 & 100, in the heart of Rotterdam’s inner-city business district between its main shopping area and the old port of Rotterdam, with the central business district, Maritime Museum, the Markthal and Cube Houses among the attractions served by the car parks.
Rutger Schuur, CIO at ParkBee said: “The assets offer ample opportunity for improved performance as digitalisation helps us to increase use by directing drivers to empty spaces. With our smart systems we help customers to find the most convenient parking location for the most attractive price across our large network of digitally connected garages. We see substantial opportunities in Rotterdam to increase turnover by encouraging short term use from the adjacent business district as well as from visitors to the city and local residents. Centrally-located car parks and knowledgeable owners such as Primevest allow us to deliver a better all-round user experience and make optimal use of existing urban infrastructures such as the Wijnstraat car parks.”
Bas Magielse: Fund Manager Primevest: “Digitalisation adds value to an asset, making off-street parking quick, cheap and easy as smart operators like ParkBee use technology to direct users to vacant parking bays. Purpose-built car parks reduce the number of vehicles parked on the streets and smart traffic systems lower congestion and pollution thereby making a positive contribution to the environment. This is a win-win for all concerned: from car users to municipalities to operators and investors.”
Primevest has capital available to invest in prime inner city car parks and remains acquisitive. Car parks have proven to be resilient, offering stable long-term cashflows and providing diversification benefits to institutional real estate investors. As a vital part of the infrastructure of cities, their resilience is supported by the trend of removing on street parking to open up public space while keeping cities accessible.
Primevest was advised by technical consultant RPS and law firm CMS NL.
About Primevest Capital Partners
Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that specializes in innovative real estate and property investments. Due to the extensive industry knowledge with a focus on specialized investment sectors such as parking, telecommunications and affordable, contemporary living, Primevest Capital Partners has developed into a leading provider in these areas. Our top priority is to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns for our customers. In doing so, we pay attention to sustainable income and value creation. Primevest Capital Partners currently manages assets of €1.8 billion, spread across eight sector-specific funds and three individual institutional mandates. Primevest Capital Partners currently has 40 employees at its locations in Utrecht and Berlin.