LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General) announces that it has made its first acquisition into the self storage sector, with the landmark acquisition of the Iron self storage portfolio.
31 Jul 2019
The portfolio includes three brand new facilities located in Cannock, Northwich and Bolton, providing 140,000 sq. ft. of lettable space. The facilities will be managed by SureStore. Management Services. The stores combine traditional self-storage space, with glass fronted trade counter units for retail customers as well as co-working office space and external drive-up units.
The acquisition has been made on behalf of its UK Property Fund (“The Fund”). Since its launch in 2006, the Fund has grown from £100m to over £3bn today as it continues to see steady capital investment from retail investors. The Fund continues to diversify its holdings into more operational and alternative assets such as its recent investments into Build-To-Rent (BTR), hotels, healthcare, student accommodation and now self storage.
Tom Caines, Alternative Investment at JLL, commented: “It’s fantastic to see the continued trend of institutional funds investing in the self storage sector. Investor demand has grown strongly in the past 18 months, especially for new build stock of this grade. The key to this transaction was ensuring the deal was structured to include a ready-made management team, and we were delighted to achieve a result that suited all parties.”
Andy Wood, of SureStore Management Services commented: “We look forward to managing these assets on behalf of Legal & General moving forwards, and are excited to be working alongside them as they grow their new platform.”
Matt Jarvis, Senior Fund Manager of the UK Property Fund: “The Fund has had a strong focus on investing in operational real estate such as hotels, BTR and self storage. In line with our strategy, this latest acquisition provides a platform of assets within the self-storage sector where the Fund will benefit from the expertise that the management agreement with SureStore will provide. The high-quality, purpose-built properties are also in early stages of operation which should mean we see a growth in income as they reach a stabilised level.”
Notes to editors
Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets (LGIMRA) is a division of Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), one of Europe’s largest institutional asset managers and a major global investor. LGIM manages £1.28tn in assets (as at 31 December 2020), working with a range of global clients, including pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, fund distributors and retail investors.
LGIM Real Assets has assets under management of £36.3bn (as at 31 December 2020) and is one of the largest private markets investment managers in the UK. Investing in both debt and equity and across the risk/return spectrum, LGIM Real Assets actively invests in and manages assets across commercial, operational and residential property sectors, as well as infrastructure, real estate, corporate and alternative debt.
Taking a long term view in order to future proof our investments, LGIM Real Assets continues to lead the industry in ESG performance, considering all environmental, social and governance issues at asset level as well as portfolio level. In 2021, we are implementing a strategy as part of our commitment to net zero carbon emissions across the real estate equity business by 2050, and have also committed to measuring social value across 20% of our platform by the end of the year.
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