The two disposals, Derwent Howe Retail Park, a 11,148 sq m site located in Workington, Cumbria, and Blackpool Retail Park, were sold for £53.4 million. Landsec sold Derwent Howe Retail Park, Workington to Supermarket Income REIT, whilst the sale of Blackpool Retail Park was agreed with Columbia Threadneedle.
Both transactions are in line with Landsec’s strategy to position the Group for long term growth and create value for all stakeholders. The disposals demonstrate the Group’s commitment to realizing capital in subscale sectors where it has little or no competitive advantage, allowing Landsec to reinvest into new value creating opportunities. Following the disposals, Landsec has seven retail parks remaining in its portfolio.
Phillip Davies Head of Investment, Landsec, commented: “In line with our strategy we have been increasing portfolio recycling as we look to make the most of Landsec’s strengths and invest in areas with greater growth possibilities. Retail parks represent a subscale sector for us and a clear opportunity to realize capital that can be better deployed in areas where we have a competitive advantage such as central London and urban mixed-use regeneration projects.”