Hong Kong-based Gaw Capital Acquires Melbourne’s Bell City For $113M

Hong Kong-based real estate private equity firm Gaw Capital Partners announced the acquisition of Bell City mixed-use development for AUD$157 million (US$ 113 million) in Melbourne’s Preston precinct via GCP Hospitality, according to the company’s announcement.

GCP Hospitality is the hospitality arm of Gaw Capital Partners, a private equity fund management company focusing on adding strategic value to under-utilized properties in the global market. GCP Hospitality runs over 39 properties and provides hotel management, asset management, and business development services  in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Perth, San Francisco, Singapore and Yangon.

Bell City, located just 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport and the CBD, consists of two hotels totaling 844 guestrooms under the Mantra and BreakFree brands, a conference complex, commercial tenancies, a 600-space car park and serviced offices.

In response to the growing popularity of community living, GCP Hospitality will work to incorporate a ‘co-living’ concept with vibrant social areas, a co-working hub, a state-of-the-art fitness center, in-vogue restaurants and bars, and an outdoor pool. Moreover, the Group will roll-out its modern student shared accommodation brand: Campus.

Kenneth Gaw, president and managing principal of Gaw Capital Partners, said, “We are excited about the opportunities this acquisition presents. In addition to giving us a foothold in the Melbourne market, this major hospitality asset will allow us to effectively roll out multiple concepts within the same project. After this acquisition, we look forward to further expansion opportunities in the Australia market.”

Christophe Vielle, CEO & co-Founder of GCP Hospitality, said, “We are delighted to expand our footprint in Australia with this new acquisition. The increasing demand for modern community living concepts will allow us to introduce within Bell City an in mode ‘co-living’ concept as well as roll-out our student shared accommodation concept – Campus – which has been successfully launched in Hong Kong and is due to open in Perth’s city center in January 2019.”

In july this year, Gaw Capital Partners acquired a 50% stake in Spanish boutique hotel brand Hospes Hotel Group, in a joint venture with a Spanish investment company Omega Capital.