Chess piece in Padstow sells for $18.93m

Manufacturing and steel fabrication specialist Chess Engineering has sold its long-time base in Sydney’s south-west to a local developer for $18.93 million.

Chess Engineering has occupied the 8,039sqm site at 101-103 Fairford Road in Padstow for more than 40 years, but is moving to a larger premises to accommodate its business growth.

The sale reflects a land rate of $2,355/sqm and includes a leaseback to Chess Engineering until December 2023.

The high-profile site, on the corner of Bryant Street, features 6,884sqm of improvements across three high-clearance warehouses and split-level office space.

It is directly opposite a new Bunnings and near the M5 on- and off-ramps in Padstow, 22km from the Sydney CBD.

CBRE’s Keegan Ridings and Jon Orsborn from LJ Hooker Commercial Bankstown managed the sale campaign on behalf of Chess Engineering.

“A well-known local developer secured the site after a competitive campaign,” Mr Ridings said.

“The property attracted more than 140 enquires and 11 offers, from a range of users including investors, developers, self-storage groups and pub operators.”

Mr Orsborn added: “Groups were drawn to the property’s proximity to the M5 and South Sydney, as well as the significant exposure it offers.”

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