Legal & General has acquired Quarry House in Leeds for €275m (£243m). Representing its eleventh Government hub deal, the deal brings its investment into the Government Hub programme to over €1.7bn (£1.5bn) and investment into Leeds to over €1.25bn (£1.1bn). Acquired on behalf of Legal & General Retirement, the 373,913ft² office-based building is situated on the eastern fringe of Leeds city centre and let to The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for 25 years, on behalf of the DWP. Quarry House marks Legal & General’s second Government Hub investment in Leeds in a month, having purchased Wellington Place on behalf of HMRC and NHS Digital in August.
Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal & General Group, said: “We have never had such a great opportunity to shape of our future cities in order to rocket fuel our economy and change lives for generations. Patient capital needs investment opportunities. That is why we will continue to invest in UK cities. Our latest Government Hub in Leeds is another great example.”
Kerrigan Procter, CEO of Legal & General Capital, commented: “Inclusive Growth has to be the goal for Future Cities. Clean energy, infrastructure, urban regeneration and technology are all the building blocks of our ecosystem, driving increased productivity and output. Investing in our cities and changing people’s health and happiness is the greatest multiplier of economic and social growth.”
Bill Hughes, Head of LGIM Real Assets, said: “As a business, we decided we could no longer be just about real estate. We had to be about wholesale economic and social solutions for towns and cities. Our FCC brought together partners from across the country to discuss the skills, expertise, capital and local requirements each city and town needs to thrive. Our transactions in Leeds exemplify this commitment, with €1.25bn (£1.1bn) invested into major regeneration projects such as the redevelopment of Headingley Cricket Stadium; a city centre Build To Rent scheme; and the mixed-use Thorpe Park Leeds scheme, as well as key infrastructure and Government Hubs.”
Tom Roberts, Head of Strategic Investment, at LGIM Real Assets said: “Our acquisition of Quarry House, Legal & General’s eleventh Government Hub investment, highlights the continued success - and our commitment to - the Government Hub programme. Our investment in the programme has now surpassed over €1.7bn (£1.5bn) and we have a very strong appetite to secure more. Aiding regional regeneration and supporting employment and productivity growth remains a key driver for us, whilst the Government Hubs Programme is a perfect match for Legal & General Retirement’s pension commitments, offering security through high-quality long-term investments.”