News release

British Land and Royal London Asset Management announce joint venture to deliver world class science and innovation building at 1 Triton Square

JLL advised British Land on the formation of a new 50:50 joint venture

March 19, 2024

Kat Blake

Senior Communications Manager
+44 (0)20 7087 5781

British Land and Royal London Asset Management Property have announced the formation of a new 50:50 joint venture (‘JV’) to accelerate the delivery of 1 Triton Square into a best in class science and innovation building at Regent’s Place. The agreement values 1 Triton Square at £385m.

The new JV will combine British Land and Royal London Asset Management’s development and asset management capabilities to deliver a world class science and innovation building. The design is highly flexible, offering a mix of fitted and lab-enabled space as well as the potential to incorporate serviced offices to accommodate flexible requirements at the lower levels, whilst retaining best in class office space on upper floors.

1 Triton Square is located in the heart of the Regent’s Place campus within London’s Knowledge Quarter, which is home to leading research institutions including The Francis Crick Institute, The Wellcome Trust, The Alan Turing Institute and University College London. The campus’ location within this well-established innovation ecosystem makes it well positioned to capture the growing space requirements from these businesses.

The transaction delivers against one of British Land’s key strategic priorities to actively recycle capital, with proceeds being reinvested into future developments. The establishment of this JV partnership accelerates and enhances returns.

The JV marks an important milestone for Royal London Asset Management’s property team as it builds on its existing life sciences and innovation platform across the Golden Triangle of London, Cambridge and Oxford.

Royal London Asset Management is committed to responsible property investment across its portfolio. The strategy to reposition the existing asset at 1 Triton Square into a high-performing innovation centre aligns with this approach and reinforces the team’s core strategic objectives to maximise value and deliver long-term, sustainable solutions to meet evolving occupier needs.

Simon Carter, Chief Executive of British Land, said: “We are delighted to be working with Royal London Asset Management to deliver a world class science and innovation building at Regent’s Place.

We proactively took 1 Triton Square back from Meta to reposition it for science and innovation customers, with the expectation of unlocking significantly higher rents, whilst benefitting from a considerable surrender premium to further improve the economics.

This transaction is another example of how we drive value through establishing innovative JV partnerships, enabling us to flex our balance sheet, share the risk and crystallise the value created from Meta’s surrender premium.”

Mark Evans, Head of Property and Commercial Development at Royal London Asset Management Property, said: “We are thrilled to join forces with British Land to reposition 1 Triton Square for the science and innovation market. The partnership opportunity aligns with our wider strategy to leverage our platforms in new markets and continue to deliver on our commitment to purposeful investment.

We have long recognised the demand for best-in-class science and innovation space, particularly in the Golden Triangle, and the need for this space in supporting the UK’s economic growth. In testament to this strategic vision Royal London Asset Management has established 1.5m sq ft of holdings to meet these needs over the past 10 years. 1 Triton Square will increase our holdings to over 2.0m sq ft and will form a core part of our wider portfolio as we position life sciences and innovation as a core platform for further investment.”

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