Swiss cheese into Swiss Francs.
21 separate interests were acquired over a four-year period in order to piece together this prime, freehold Mayfair development site. The new apartment building will incorporate lateral living, private terraces, resident amenities, a private south-facing garden and a re-built Mirabelle restaurant and bar.
Initial leasehold interests acquired in 2006; complete freehold site assembled by 2010; detailed planning consent in 2013.
Tired vertical offices to wired horizontal apartments.
A prime residential scheme directly opposite St. James’s Park.
Acquired in 2006; 50% additional floor area consented in 2008; designs submitted to build new pavement and drop-off area in 2009; construction debt obtained in 2010; joint venture signed with the philanthropic interests of Lord Jacob Rothschild, and Mountgrange, in 2011; £100m-plus scheme delivered in 2014.
Stella (beer), steak (and chips), studio (apartments, upstairs), strong (London locations).
Realpubs was a small, ‘start-up’ pub business that Brockton helped to grow six-fold in three years, whilst simultaneously developing the upper parts into residential.
Platform established in 2007, new pubs acquired in 2008 (post-Lehman), sold for around £55m to Greene King plc in 2011.
St James’s Street
Facade built in 1888, building redeveloped in 1991, lease restructured in 2008.
Brockton worked closely with the building’s major occupier, a £35bn AUM investment management company, to restructure their lease in order to help address their space needs.
Acquired in 2006, Brockton then worked hard to deliver a 90% increase in NOI in 2007 and sold the asset for around £40m in 2008 (pre-Lehman).
West End Office
New Oxford Street, New District, New Ways of Working (and Playing).
Brockton acquired the vast former Sorting Office on New Oxford Street in 2013 and achieved planning consent, for around 300,000 sq ft of office and retail space, in 2015. The building incorporates double-height space across its one-acre floorplates, with natural light on all sides.
Crossrail will radically transform the area around Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Soho into arguably one of the best connected and most interesting parts of London. Brockton and its architects, AHMM, will radically transform the asset into one of the most unique, advanced and inspiring office buildings in the West End.
Working in conjunction with Landid, Brockton are investing into well designed, well connected and energy efficient town centre offices in the region.
The Thames Valley market reflects the globalised nature of the UK economy; the pharma, food, finance, tech, IT services, engineering, energy and manufacturing sectors are growing in the region, hiring talent and upgrading their office space.
(In the background is Windsor Castle, built in the 20 years after 1066 and occupied by The Royal Family, one of the oldest firms in the region. In the foreground is The Urban Building, built more recently, which provides 100,000 sq ft of flexible space for the next generation of firms in the Thames Valley).
One of Europe’s busiest and most creative street markets.
Camden Lock Market forms part of the wider street market in Camden, attracting over 20 million people annually. In the 3 years that Brockton owned the asset, a wide range of initiatives were implemented, ranging from the ‘financial’ (i.e. agreeing terms to restructure the Head Lease), to the ‘fundamental’ (i.e. agreeing terms to buy in adjoining space and preparing a redesign to add 40% more floor area), to the ‘fun’ (i.e. curating the F&B/fashion mix and bringing outdoor cinema and evening markets to Camden).
Acquired in 2012 and sold in 2014.
An urban block of one acre that requires radical repositioning.
Situated mid-way between Notting Hill and Kensington, this 14-storey office tower, retail block and car park was built in the 1960s. Fifty years later, the site requires a comprehensive redesign to deliver a prime, mixed-use scheme that is better integrated with its neighbours and streetscape.
Acquired in a joint venture with Development Securities in 2011.
High yields, high bays, low vacancy.
In 2012, Brockton began a contra-cyclical investment programme into high yielding industrial, in a joint venture with Dunedin Property. By 2015, the portfolio comprised around 115 estates totalling over
The assets are characterised by good locations close to major motorway networks, a wide variety of unit sizes and a flexible approach to leasing.
Investing in out-of-town assets for value, convenience and repositioning.
In 2011, Brockton established a joint venture with Pradera’s retail warehouse team to invest in and reposition out-of-town parks for the next generation of convenience-led consumer.
Within 36 months, the Brockton – Pradera joint venture acquired around £300 million of parks in towns from Cardiff to Warrington to Bangor to Milton Keynes and elsewhere.
Virtus Data Centres
A new and highly qualified developer of data centres, backed by a strong, experienced management team and substantial capital.
Virtus owns, designs, builds and operates the latest generation Tier III data centres, with a high quantum of power and a sustainably efficient PUE ratio.
A controlling interest in Virtus was acquired in 2011. An existing Tier III facility in Enfield is currently being leased up and the first phase of a new, speculative facility, 3 miles north of Heathrow Airport, was completed in January 2015.
Acquired in 2011, with multiple initiatives underway to re-position the wider
1 million sq ft, canal-side estate.
The Mailbox incorporates offices / TV studios, fashion-led retail, over 20 bars / restaurants, a 700-space car park, two hotels and rooftop apartments. Major pre-lets were signed in 2013 with both Harvey Nichols (to double the size of their store) and Everyman Cinemas (to build a new, 3-screen movie theatre).
In 2015, Birmingham will become the only city centre outside of London with a Harvey Nichols, an Everyman, a Selfridges and a John Lewis. In football terms, a result...Birmingham City (Centre) 4-2 Manchester City (Centre).