High Yielding Industrial Investment

28 Burrel Road | St Ives | Cambridgeshire | PE27 3LE


subject to contract



  • Freehold industrial / warehouse investment

  • Established commercial location in affluent Cambridgeshire town

  • Secure income - let to Tradeteam, part of DHL

  • Active management opportunities

  • £525,000, subject to contract

  • 9.0% Net Initial Yield

  • Low capital value of £46 per sq ft


St Ives is a prosperous and historic Cambridgeshire market town, approximately 96 km (60 miles) north of London, 24 km (15 miles) north of Cambridge and 8 km (5 miles) east of Huntingdon.

The town benefits from good road communications being served by the A1 (M) and the M11 via the A14 which also links the East coast ports of Felixstowe and Harwich. In addition, Huntingdon rail station is easily accessible and provides a fastest journey time to London Kings Cross of 1 hour 15 minutes.

The town attracts many people with its regular markets held every Monday and Friday, large Bank Holiday markets and an award winning Farmers' Market held on the first and third Saturday of each month.


The property is prominently situated within the established Somersham Road Industrial Estate and is accessed via Burrel Road, close to its junction with Caxton Road.

St Ives town centre is less than 1.6 km (1 mile) to the south-west, the A14 is approximately 4.8 km (3 miles) to the south and the A141 is some 6.4 km (4 miles) to the north-west. Other occupiers in the immediate vicinity include HSS Hire, Acushnet Europe (Titleist, FootJoy & Pinnacle brands), Cambridge Sensotec and Webtec Products.


The property comprises a detached industrial warehouse unit built in the late 1980’s. The unit is of steel portal framed construction with brickwork and steel sheet cladding under a pitched coated steel roof.

The warehouse benefits from a single loading door and a minimum eaves height of approximately 5.33 metres (17½ feet). There are two storey ancillary offices to the front, and a car parking & yard area to the side.


The property has been measured by Commercial Measured Surveys and provides the following Gross Internal Area;

Ground Floor Warehouse 810.3 sq m 8,722 sq ft
  Offices 124.7 sq m 1,342 sq ft
First Floor Offices 128.6 sq m 1,384 sq ft
Total   1063.6 sq m 11,448 sq ft

A set of floor plans is available to download and the measured survey report is available for assignment to a purchaser.

Rateable Value

According to the VOA 2017 draft valuation, the Rateable Value for the property is £53,500.

The Uniform Business Rate is 48 pence per pound.


We estimate the site area to be approximately 0.21 hectares (0.52 acres).

A Phase I Environmental Risk Assessment was carried out by Environ in February 2014 which concluded that “the site is considered to be a low-moderate risk in respect of ground contamination”. A copy of the report is available to download.




The property is let to Tradeteam Limited for a term commencing on 10th November 2015 and expiring on 31st December 2020. There is a tenant’s break option on 31st December 2018, subject to six months’ notice. The current passing rent is £50,000 per annum (£47.01 per sq m / £4.37 per sq ft). The lease is subject to a Schedule of Condition and is inside the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

The tenant also occupies the adjoining unit, which they own freehold.

Market Commentary

The subject property is let at a discount to prime rents in the surrounding area.

We understand that prime headline rents in Huntingdon, on the Ermine Business Park, are currently in the order of £70.00 per sq m (£6.50 per sq ft).

22 Edison Road is situated on the Somersham Road Industrial Estate, less than 0.4 km (0.25 miles) from the subject property. The premises comprise a modern industrial unit totalling 491.74 sq m (5,293 sq ft). We understand the property is currently under offer in excess of £70 per sq m (6.50 per sq ft).

Unit 10d, Harding Way, St Ives is less than 0.8 km (0.5 miles) to the south of the subject property. Comprising a modern semi-detached warehouse unit totalling 320 sq m (3,447 sq ft), the property was let to Korten Limited in July 2016 at a rent of £21,000 per annum equating to £65.62 per sq m / £6.00 per sq ft.

Units B3 & B4 Tower Close, Huntingdon comprises two warehouse units constructed in the early 1980’s totalling 927 sq m (9,976 sq ft) and 1,074 sq m (11,557 sq ft) respectively. The units are available individually at £53.81 per sq m / £5.00 per sq ft.

Due to the shortage of industrial/warehouse properties in St Ives, we believe the subject property offers good prospects for future rental growth.

Unit 1, 9 Burrell Road comprises a detached industrial/warehouse unit constructed in the 1980’s totalling 650 sq m (7,000 sq ft) with 2 storey office accommodation and including some surplus land of approximately 0.5 acres. The property was sold in December 2016 at a figure of £400,000 equating to £614 per sq m / £57.00 per sq ft (excluding the development land).

46 Edison Road is situated on the Somersham Road Industrial Estate, less than 0.4 km (0.25 miles) from the subject property. The property, which comprises a detached warehouse unit totalling 2,539 sq m (27,337 sq ft) is currently being offered with vacant possession at a figure of £1.2 million, equating to £473 per sq m / £44.00 per sq ft.


Tradeteam Limited, (Co. No. 03078367) has reported the following figures:

  31st December 2015 31st December 2014
Turnover £117,999,000 £131,614,000
Pre-Tax Profits £2,710,000 £5,603,000
Shareholders’ Funds £35,911,000 £33,512,000

Tradeteam is part of DHL, the world’s largest logistic company. With a comprehensive network of operations across the UK, Tradeteam provides local and national drinks delivery solutions to both the ‘on’ trade and ‘off’ trade, distributing leading brands for blue-chip companies. The ultimate parent company is Deutsche Post AG. For further information please visit www.tradeteam.com.


The property has been registered for VAT. It is anticipated that the sale will be treated as a Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC).


We are instructed to seek offers in the region of £525,000 (Five Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Pounds), subject to contract, reflecting a net initial yield of 9.0% and a capital value of £493 per sq m / £46 per sq ft, assuming purchaser’s costs of 4.8%.

Investment Considerations

  1. An opportunity to acquire a freehold industrial/warehouse investment;

  2. The property is situated in an established commercial location in an affluent Cambridgeshire town;

  3. The investment provides secure income;

  4. The property provides asset management opportunities;

  5. A purchase at the asking price reflects a low capital value;

  6. A purchase at the asking price will provide an investor with an attractive net initial yield;

Contact Us

Singer Vielle   +44 (0) 207 935 7200
Neil Singer neil@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 478 9120
Dale Henry dale@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 701 1356
Richard Wolfryd richard@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 701 1353
Faye Langoulant faye@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 478 9122
Louanne Malan louanne@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 701 1386

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Michele Salter msalter@brecher.co.uk  
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