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Real Estate Development

Our international real estate team has unparalleled experience in dealing with all aspects of development. The international market, whilst often complex and challenging, still presents opportunities for development and commercial success. Our unmatched expertise in this area allows us to guide and support clients in achieving their objectives.

Latest examples of work

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      Airport City

      Advised Argent in relation to the development of the £800 million Airport City project at Manchester Airport, a joint venture with Manchester Airport Group, Beijing Construction Engineering Group, Carillion and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. Airport City will provide 5 million square feet of commercial development, including offices, hotels, manufacturing and logistics.

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      Bracknell town centre regeneration

      Advising Bracknell Forest Town Council on its major town centre regeneration which includes retail, restaurant and bars, leisure, housing, a new town hall, and library, a food superstore, significant public realm, a new bus station, police station and magistrates court as well as ancillary uses and extensive highways works.

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      Shell Centre

      The mixed-use development of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank for Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar is one of the largest developments in London. It will comprise up to 798 homes, 76,000 m sq. of office floor space including a new headquarters building for Shell, up to 6,000 m sq. of retail floor space and up to 2,500 m sq. of community leisure space as well as associated basement, plant and infrastructure. We have advised the Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar joint venture on the planning, forward funding agreements and provided strategic construction procurement advice including developing template professional appointments and trade contracts for multiple phases of development.

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      Chelsea Barracks

      Advising in relation to all design and construction aspects of the high profile, politically sensitive, redevelopment of the 12.8 acre Chelsea Barracks site, including developing a flexible procurement strategy for multi-phased development of residential accommodation together with associated infrastructure and public realm aspects.

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      The Stage, Shoreditch

      Acted for the long term owners of The Stage, Shoreditch, who have secured the development of a new £750m GDV mixed-use scheme. The site is less than five minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street station, and incorporates the remains of Shakespeare’s 16th century Curtain Theatre, where Romeo and Juliet was first performed. The deal will see the owners retain the freehold while granting new 250-year leases to a consortium of investors, including Cain Hoy Enterprises, Galliard Homes and MG Properties, in order to develop the 2.3 acre site.

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      £2.2bn residential property portfolio

      Advising Ballymore on a JV with Eco World Investment Co, a property investment company based in Malaysia, to develop three major residential projects in London, forming the £2.2bn Project Ace portfolio. In total the developments have a GDV of c. £2.2bn and will deliver circa 2,800 homes and 250,000 sq ft of commercial, leisure and offices. The Embassy Gardens Project is due to feature a world first 'floating' rooftop pool which will link the top of two ten-storey towers.

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      Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) projects

      Advising on many of the HCA’s largest funding transactions under the Build to Rent and large infrastructure programmes, recently advising on funding transactions in the residential sector with developers including Canary Wharf Group, Qatari Diar Delancey, Grainger, Berkeley, Crest Nicholson, Mill Group and Bovis Homes as well as registered providers including Notting Hill and Genesis. We have also worked with the HCA on funding transactions with banks and investors such as Barclays, M&G and RealStar.

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      £2bn King's Cross development

      Advising King's Cross Central Limited Partnership and Argent in connection with the £2 billion development of King's Cross, including the development of the new Google office building. King's Cross is one of the largest urban regeneration areas in Europe and includes 50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes, 20 new streets, 10 new public squares, a district heating system and over 67 acres for 45,000 people who live, work and study in the area.

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      East Wick and Sweetwater

      Our team have been acting on the appointment of a development partner for East Wick and Sweetwater, areas within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which will be developed, in partnership with Balfour Beatty and Places for People, to provide 1,500 affordable, private sale, and PRS units.

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