Legal & General and PGGM to develop £500m London BTR scheme

Legal & General and PGGM have expanded their UK built-to-rent (BTR) venture with the acquisition of sites in London for a £500m (€576.8m) development.

The two adjacent sites in Wandsworth has been acquired by Legal & General’s BTR fund, PGGM and Legal & General Capital for an undisclosed sum.

Legal & General said the site will provide around 1,000 homes and 85,000sqft of commercial space.

The €211bn Dutch asset manager PGGM and Legal & General partnered in 2016 to construct homes in the UK.

With this latest acquisition, Legal & General said it has brought its total BTR pipeline to nearly 5,000 homes across the country. The latest scheme is Legal & General’s largest scheme to date.

Dan Batterton, head of BTR rent at Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets said: “This latest acquisition is another great example of Legal & General investing in a location with significant urban regeneration potential and providing large scale sustainable rental schemes which will have a positive socioeconomic impact.

“The location is highly desirable for renters and, with 1,000 units planned for the site, demonstrates Legal & General’s ambition to make a real impact on the delivery of new homes within the UK.”

Paul Miller, MD principal investing at Legal & General Capital, said: “As renting continues to become a tenure of choice in the UK, the delivery of high density, high-quality developments with vibrant communities is becoming more and more important.

“To do this, we need to deliver schemes which offer well-connected housing options, which are carefully integrated into the public realm, maximising our existing infrastructure and supporting economic growth.”

Mathieu Elshout, senior director private real estate at PGGM, said: “Our growing BTR venture with Legal & General continues to deliver on our goal to have a positive impact on the UK’s built environment over the long term.

“As a responsible investor of Dutch pension capital, we are delighted to be partnering with Legal & General on this flagship scheme, delivering quality and affordable homes for elective renters and helping to tackle London’s growing housing crisis.”

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