Landid/Brockton JV sells Slough's Urban Building
A joint venture between Landid and Brockton Capital (the Landid/Brockton JV) has sold The Urban Building in Slough to a client of Standard Life Investments.
The Landid/Brockton JV recently repositioned The Urban Building to create high-quality, contemporary workplaces for modern occupiers and their employees. As the most active office developer in the Thames Valley, representing around 25% of the market, the Landid/Brockton JV’s investment combines excellent design, character, connectivity and sustainability to optimise experience, environment and value for their occupiers.
The Urban Building, a 98,000 sq ft building on Albert Street, Slough, has achieved two lettings to date, to KP Snacks and Caffè Kix. Both buildings have been rebranded in line with the Landid/Brockton JV’s ongoing strategy to reposition or redevelop outmoded office assets to meet today’s occupier requirements.
Trevor Silver, managing director of Landid, said: “We have sold The Urban Building ahead of schedule, reflecting the current demand for office investments in prime Thames Valley locations, especially those on Crossrail. Our repositioning strategy has created office environments with enduring occupier appeal, allowing businesses in the Thames Valley to manage costs and compete for talent without compromising on location.”
Tony Edgley, partner at Brockton Capital LLP, said: “This perfectly captures our strategy to create institutional quality investments from overlooked or redundant assets, which can respond to the needs of the next generation of occupier. To compete in today’s market, property developers and investors must have a deep understanding of how to create a community within an urban office setting, providing the right combination of design, connectivity, sustainability, value and character. These qualities are embodied in The Urban Building, creating appeal for occupier and investor alike.”
The Landid/Brockton JV is looking to commit up to £250m to acquire similar investment opportunities, in the Western Corridor, Greater London and selected UK cities. It is currently developing three major office buildings: The Charter Building, Uxbridge; Thames Tower, Reading; and The Porter Building, Slough, for completion between Q4 2016 and Q3 2017.
The Urban Building is located in the heart of Slough and has been transformed into a substantial, state-of-the-art, mixed-use workspace of high specification.
There is currently a growing list of high-calibre companies looking for quality offices in the area, The Urban Building is positioned to meet this demand. There is also a large, highly-skilled workforce that lives or commutes within the Thames Valley area.
JLL advised the Landid/Brockton JV. Colliers represented Standard Life Investments.