Lincoln MGT, a joint venture between Lincoln Property Company and MGT Investment Management, has acquired Station Hill, a six-and-a-half-acre development site in central Reading from Sackville Developments Reading Ltd, a joint venture between Stanhope and Benson Elliot.
The Station Hill site is situated directly in front of the main entrance to Reading Railway Station, which has recently undergone a major redevelopment and enhancement in advance of the opening of Crossrail in 2019. The site, which already has outline planning permission and an agreed Section 106 for a combined office and residential development, is one of the largest development schemes outside of London and has a GDV exceeding £750m.
Lincoln MGT is a strategic joint-venture between the US developer Lincoln Property Company and UK based MGT Investment Management. The joint venture combines the commercial and residential development experience and operating skills of Lincoln Property Company, which is one of the largest full-service real estate companies and the second largest manager of multi-family / PRS units in the United States, with the pan-European investment experience and strategic focus of MGT Investment Management.
Henry Morris, Manging Director at MGT Investment Management said: “We are delighted to have secured this outstanding mixed-use development site, which is the first investment for Lincoln MGT in the UK. The Lincoln MGT partnership brings complementary skill sets to the joint venture with MGT leading on acquisition and investment management, and Lincoln Property Company leading on development, construction, leasing and property management.”
Troy Javaher, Managing Director of the European operations at Lincoln Property Company said: “The site occupies an exceptional location next to Reading station, which has benefitted from a massive infrastructure improvement in recent years with the station’s redevelopment and the expected delivery of Crossrail’s Elizabeth line in December 2019. We understand the strategic importance of this infill development to Reading’s continued economic growth, and we look forward to working with the council, the local community and other stakeholders to bring forward an outstanding mixed-use development.”
David Camp, Chief Executive of Stanhope plc, said: “Sackville Developments Reading Ltd (SDRL) is pleased to confirm that it has sold its interest in the Station Hill development to Lincoln MGT. SDRL has prepared the site for development, including demolition and other works and the creation of a successful temporary events space and the Biscuit Tin coffee shop for the community. We have worked very effectively and closely with Reading Borough Council over many years to ensure that the redevelopment brings forward the maximum benefits of regeneration to the area around the station and we are delighted that it is in safe hands with the new owners to deliver this fantastic scheme for Reading.”
James Jakeman, Partner, Benson Elliot, said: “Benson Elliot and Stanhope have worked closely together over the last number of years to deliver one of the south east’s most strategically important and high-profile development opportunities. It has been an exciting undertaking to be involved with and having accomplished our objectives against the backdrop of a strengthening local market and beneficial large scale infrastructure projects, we are now in a position to hand the site over for its next phase and to crystallise value on behalf of our investors.”
Lincoln MGT was advised by LSH and Knight Frank.
The vendor, Sackville Developments Reading Ltd, was represented by CBRE.
Lincoln Property Company
Lincoln Property Company was founded in Dallas in 1965 and is one of the largest full-service real estate companies in the United States.
Lincoln has developed more than 130 million square feet of commercial projects and 212,000 multi-family units at a total cost of over $31 billion. Lincoln is one of the largest managers of commercial and multi-family/PRS in the United States and will bring best-in-class operational expertise to the marketplace.
As an investor, Lincoln has also acquired more than $19 billion of assets. Lincoln manages over 403 million square feet of assets valued at more than $76 billion.
Lincoln has been active in the European real estate market since the early 1990s, developing more than 27 million square feet in 9 European countries between 1997 and 2014. Lincoln’s current European platform focuses on both development and investment opportunities, with offices in London and Prague.
MGT Investment Management
MGT Investment Management is an independent pan-European real estate investment and asset manager. MGT identifies long-term trends in real estate use as drivers of income and capital performance. MGT’s strategies are driven by fundamental analysis of such long-term trends.
MGT’s first strategy is called Millennial Cities, which focuses on property investment opportunities arising in cities which are most affected by the lifestyle choices of the Millennial generation. The strategy has been developed through bespoke modelling of economic, demographic, productivity, technological, housing and transport data in all of Europe’s major cities.
MGT is based in London with associated offices in Berlin and Amsterdam. MGT’s principals have previously worked together at Europa Capital, where they were actively involved in a programme investing more than €10 billion in European real estate since 1995.
Established in 2017, Lincoln MGT is a strategic joint-venture between Lincoln Property Company and MGT Investment Management.
The joint-venture combines the commercial and residential development experience and skills of Lincoln Property Company, which is one of the largest full-service real estate companies in the United States, with the pan-European investment experience and strategic focus of MGT.
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