M&G Real Estate has formed a joint venture with Aberdeen Asset Management to create a new fund structure, known as The Two Rivers Limited Partnership, with a value in excess of GBP210m.
Under the terms of the deal this new fund has acquired a direct 100 per cent interest in the Two Rivers Shopping Park in Staines-upon-Thames, with both parties each taking a 50 per cent share.
The fund is invested on behalf of M&G Real Estate and Aberdeen Asset Management internal clients.
Positioned in the affluent Surrey commuter town of Staines-upon-Thames, Two Rivers is a 380,000 sq ft prime retail and leisure scheme that occupies an edge of town centre location and is anchored by national retailers including Waitrose, Boots and Next along with Vue cinemas.
Aberdeen will continue to manage the asset, as it has done since the Two Rivers scheme was developed in 2001, on behalf of the Limited Partnership.
Simon Moscow, director, fund management at Aberdeen Asset Management, says: “Two Rivers Shopping Park has consistently outperformed its benchmark since opening in 2001 and we are excited to be announcing our joint venture, which provides our client funds with direct access to a retail and leisure asset of the highest quality. Exposure to prime assets such as The Two Rivers Shopping Park is extremely valuable and we intend to further enhance that value with asset management initiatives going forward.”
Peter Langly-Smith of M&G Real Estate says: “We are very pleased to have gained exposure to this dominant shopping park. Opportunities to invest in hybrid assets of this scale and nature are rare, and reflect our desire to invest in properties that are well placed to outperform against a backdrop of an ever-changing retail landscape. M&G Real Estate still has further capital to invest.”
CWM advised M&G Real Estate. Jones Lang LaSalle represented Aberdeen Asset Management.