Legal & General has acquired Quarry House in Leeds for £243 million. Representing its eleventh Government hub deal, the deal brings its investment into the Government Hub programme to over £1.5bn and investment into Leeds to over £1.1bn.
Acquired on behalf of Legal & General Retirement, the 373,913 sq ft 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. Worth a combined value of £454m, the investments are creating and supporting 15,000 local jobs, while driving regional economic and productivity growth.
The deal closed the same day that Legal & General hosted its inaugural Future Cities Commission (FCC) in Leeds, where it pledged to invest significant further capital into UK cities, in partnership with the public sector and local communities.
Speaking at the event, 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. $17tn earns less than nothing globally and we have growing pools of pension capital in the UK. 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.”
“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,” said Kerrigan Procter, CEO of Legal & General Capital.
”Our transactions in Leeds exemplify this commitment, with £1.1 billion invested into major regeneration projects such as the redevelopment of Headingley Cricket Stadium; a city centre Build To Rent scheme; and the mixeduse Thorpe Park Leeds scheme, as well as key infrastructure and Government Hubs,” said Bill Hughes, Head of LGIM Real Assets.
“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 £1.5bn 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,” Tom Roberts, Head of Strategic Investment, at LGIM Real Assets.
Jones Lang LaSalle and Clifford Chance advised Legal & General on the acquisition of Quarry House. It has been purchased by Legal & General from R20.