Legal & General, on behalf of its Limited Price Inflation Fund (LPI), announces that it has expanded its investment portfolio to £1.8 billion following a string of deals amidst the coronavirus pandemic, as it commits to long-let, secure income investments backed by strong covenants
14 Jan 2021
LPI has invested over £130 million in three significant deals in recent months, delivering over 240,000 sq ft of new real estate, including one of the largest office lettings of 2020, a new Government hub and a university teaching facility with Keele University.
LPI has exchanged contracts to forward purchase The Interchange, a 120,000 sq. ft., eight storey office building in Cardiff Central Square. Marking one of the largest office lettings in the UK in 2020, the new office building will be let on completion to over 1,800 Legal & General Group employees, relocating from their existing offices in Cardiff. The office building forms part of the £140m Interchange development, and is an integral part of Legal & General’s wider £450 million regeneration scheme in Cardiff city centre. The state of the art new office and associated services will provide staff with a collaborative, agile space to meet changes to working practices in the wake of Covid-19. Construction is due to be completed in Q4 2022.
As part of Legal & General’s £1.5 billion investment in Government Hubs, the LPI Fund has commenced funding of a 90,000 sq. ft. office building in Peterborough. The office building will be let on a 25 year lease from completion to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to be occupied by 1,000 members of staff from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and HM Passport Office. The scheme supports regional job growth and flexible working practices in the wake of Covid-19.
Alongside these two significant milestones for the Fund and office sector, LPI has also committed to fund a part two/three-storey, 30,000 sq. ft. veterinary college at Keele University, plus an additional 26,000 sq. ft. of space to be sub-let by the University. This new veterinary college, which is currently under construction, will help meet the UK’s undersupply of purpose-built teaching facilities for veterinary students, with only eight currently in operation. The Harper & Keele Vet School will be leased to Keele University on a 40-year income strip deal, providing teaching facilities, including a lecture theatre, tutorial rooms and a laboratory.
The 90,000 sq. ft. office building in Peterborough will be developed by Bride Hall Developments and The Harper & Keele Vet School will be developed by Noviniti.
The Interchange building will be delivered by Legal General Capital and Rightacres. Legal & General’s LPI Fund were advised by Knight Frank.
Derek Gilby, Senior Fund Manager at LGIM Real Assets: "Amidst the Covid-19 crisis; secure, long-term income streams, underwritten by strong covenants, have remained robust. Against this backdrop, and aligned with LPI’s investment strategy, we have committed to a string of deals, enhancing our portfolio and positioning the fund for a strong start to the year. We expect to see further growth to our £1.8 billion investment portfolio in the coming months.
In line with Legal & General’s commitment to level-up regional economies and provide state-of-the-art, flexible work and teaching space which promotes job creation, we are delighted to be starting work on a major new HQ for Legal & General – which will see over 1,800 staff relocate, a new Government Hub in Peterborough and a state-of-the-art veterinary college at Keele University."
Notes to editors
Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. With almost £1.3 trillion in total assets under management*, we are the UK’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, alternative asset origination, life insurance, workplace pensions and retirement income. Through inclusive capitalism, we aim to build a better society by investing in long-term assets that benefit everyone.
* at 30 June 2021
Legal & General Investment Management is one of Europe’s largest asset managers and a major global investor, with total assets under management of £1.28 trillion (€1.43 trillion; CHF1.55 trillion; $1.75t trillion; JPY181 trillion)*. We work with a wide range of global clients, including pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, fund distributors and retail investors. Throughout the past 40 years we have built our business through understanding what matters most to our clients and transforming this insight into valuable, accessible investment products and solutions. We provide investment expertise across the full spectrum of asset classes including fixed income, equities, commercial property and cash. Our capabilities range from index-tracking and active strategies to liquidity management and liability-based risk management solutions.
*LGIM internal data as at 31 December 2020. The AUM disclosed aggregates the assets managed by LGIM in the UK, LGIMA in the US and LGIM Asia in Hong Kong. The AUM includes the value of securities and derivatives positions.
(As of June 2021)
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