M&G Real Estate acquires GBP94 million Birmingham regeneration project

M&G Real Estate has acquired Selly Oak Retail Park, a major regeneration project in south west Birmingham. On completion, the GBP94 million scheme will provide 190,000 sq ft of high quality retail space in the affluent suburb of Selly Oak.


The acquisition was made on behalf M&G Real Estate’s Capital Solutions business under the leadership of Martin Towns.
The deal marks a second partnership with West Yorkshire Pension Fund in under a year following a three-party joint venture in July 2017 alongside an Asian Investor to acquire a GBP105 million central Manchester office building. Both deals demonstrate that pension fund capital can be put to work to provide not only attractive risk adjusted returns, but also clear socio-economic benefits.
This major investment project will deliver a valuable economic boost for the South Birmingham area offering quality retail, improved highways and canal side improvements. The park is almost completely pre-let to national retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, JD Sports, Superdrug and Nandos.
Louise Warden, Property Investment Manager of West Yorkshire Pension Fund, says: “This high quality asset provides a secure income stream for our members in line with the pension funds’ long-term objectives and has the added advantage of providing socio-economic benefits to Birmingham and the UK. We are delighted to have again partnered with the experienced team at M&G Real Estate on this transaction.”
Martin Towns, Head of Capital Solutions, M&G Real Estate, comments: “There is an increasing trend in global real estate for large institutional and sovereign wealth investors to partner with established fund management companies through joint ventures and separate accounts.  We believe in investing time to truly understand our clients’ unique preferences and requirements, using our skills and experience to create bespoke strategies and investment opportunities that work for them.”
Lucy Williams, Business Development Director at M&G Real Estate, adds: We are very pleased to cement our relationship further with West Yorkshire Local Government Pension Fund, helping them to meet their long term objectives through providing access to high quality UK real estate, delivering sustainable and growing income streams.”
With 100 real estate investment professionals in the UK and offices across Europe and Asia, M&G Real Estate has the expertise, resources and track record to deliver attractive, off-market opportunities for domestic and international institutional investors.