Urban space is what shapes our lives and decides our behaviour. At Urban Input, we like to think we contribute to making this space a better, more productive and user-friendly environment. Our focus is buildings and land, and our mission is to create new spaces or upgrade existing in the most innovative and efficient manner possible, through design-led thinking.
Given the complexity of acquiring and managing buildings, developments and sites, we act as a local partner for capital looking to get into the right real estate projects. Our planning of process and communication with our investors ensures that we are doing our utmost to identify and mitigate risk before it happens.
We provide the full asset management package to real estate investors, from setup of vehicles to hold the assets, through development process, tenant management and successful exit.
We are based in Barcelona, but operate nationally, and in all sectors, with special focus currently on the office and residential markets.
We have to date managed and sold one of the leading office projects in the Barcelona market and continue to be active in the prime district, using Building Information Modelling (BIM) and a continued commitment to LEED certification to deliver the best Grade A space coming up in the next few years.
We have a small in-house team with extensive experience in the real estate and finance sectors both in Spain and internationally. This allows us to understand our investors’ needs while remaining deeply-rooted in the local market.
Where we run development projects, we set up specialist teams in each case, to ensure that we have the best structure the project requires.
Mario has successfully closed Real Estate transactions with a value in excess of €3bn and has closed transactions in most asset classes, multiple geographies and across the capital structure. Mario’s career has taken him from real estate financing in Citi and Goldman Sachs to direct investing in real estate at Benson Elliot and Och-Ziff.Mario has a Master’s of Science degree in Economics and Econometrics and also holds positions as board member at UNIQ residential (Spanish residential developer), Northstar Realty Corp (New York listed REIT) and EnergyDeck (real estate related green-tech platform).
Marc is an expert in Asset Management and Development in Real Estate assets in Spain. With background in land zoning process and planning holds a degree in Business Administration. During the earlier stages of his career, Marc was responsible for the administration and management of a group of companies in the IT and real estate sectors. Marc then started working in the Land and Development department at Aguirre Newman in Barcelona. He then took over as Director of the department between 2002 and 2004. Marc is currently in charge of the day-to-day asset management of our projects.
Rafael has experience in real estate asset management, leasing, valuations and investment sales across all asset classes and throughout Spain. He began his career in the financial sector (Grupo Santander) before joining Aguirre Newman where he was Head of the Barcelona office of Aguirre Newman, the largest multi-disciplinary Spanish brokerage business. He has Degree in Business Science and a Master’s degree in Construction and Real Estate Company Management from Universitat de Barcelona and a PDG from IESE business school in Barcelona.
Howard has been working in the real estate sector since 1993 first in the London market and since 1998 in Spain. His UK experience was in the valuation, investment and agency areas of business. He is a founding partner of Urban Input (2004) and has been involved on both the investor relations and transaction sides of the business. He was also responsible for the link-up with the Bream Group local partner network in 2010.
Howard has a BSc (Hons) in Land Management from Reading University and is on the RICS Continental European Educational Standards Board.
An example of a successful value creation process from conception to exit, we worked with Benson Elliot, a UK based private equity fund, to create one of the most prominent office buildings in the Barcelona market of recent times.
The asset was acquired from Solvia, the real estate arm of Banc Sabadell, after an extensive redesign of the original project proposed in 2011. We received delivery of the 21,000 sqm office complex in 2013, and successfully let the property to multinational anchor tenants ADP and Henkel, as well as other international occupiers. Sold to swiss fund manager UBS in 2015.
Cornerstone was unique in a number of ways. It was the first LEED Gold office building in Barcelona city, the only office complex with private garden plaza in the city, as well as offering the most competitive service charge in it’s class.
Another of our recent projects has been to find capital for a newly formed urban residential developer, Uniq Residential .
Uniq has now successfully acquired six projects in Barcelona and Madrid in prime central locations.
Urban Input sourced and negotiated the provision of capital for the acquisition and development of the projects, and will continue to be involved to ensure capital is available on an ongoing basis.
We have recently picked up the Asset Management of Tanger 66, an industrial building less than 2 blocks from Torre Agbar and Glories. We are delighted to be working with UK & European Investments on the conversion of this 8,000 m2 building to office use.
We will retain the building’s industrial features, to provide cool, clear spaces whilst still obtaining grade A quality. In line with our policy on other developments, we will be going through the LEED certification process to ensure that the building makes the most positive impact possible on its environment. This kind of space is becoming a “must have” in other cities (think Clerkenwell or Shoreditch), and will be unique within the prime office area of Glories.
We recently exited our landmark office project in the prime Glories office district in Barcelona. The project is designed by architects Battle I Roig, and provides 24,500 sqm over 17 floors and column-free floor plates of up to 1,800 sqm. In line with our commitment to building better, more sustainable Grade A product, it is currently on target to be the first LEED Platinum office building in the city.
We have been managing the project on behalf of Benson Elliot, our previous partner in the successful Cornerstone office complex we sold last year. An exit at this point illustrates our capacity to add value, and combined with entering at the right time and pricing, to generate risk-reduced returns for our partners. The purchaser was Inmobiliaria Colonial.
Urban Input secured the transaction, carried out in-depth due diligence, negotiated and structured a successful acquisition, managed the design process of the building achieving highly efficient floor space, managed the successful licence application, carried out a full tender process and supported the sales process, as well as managing the SPV and other relevant local issues.
We recently closed the acquisition of an asset-backed debt package. Given the relative complexity of the asset, this is just the kind of transaction we like to get involved in, where we have an opportunity to demonstrate our on-the-ground expertise in real estate management, and where there is potential to add real value. We partnered with a UK based investment manager with significant experience in this type of transaction in the Spanish market.
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