Legal & General Capital Commits to Build 1,000 New Homes for Bracknell
Legal & General Capital (LGC), today announces plans to build 1,000 new homes at Crowthorne in Bracknell. It is also providing additional funding for infrastructure projects at the Crowthorne site, including a primary school, community centre, care home and over 100 acres of public green open spaces.
Legal & General Capital has also announced today that they have gone unconditional on the major development of the Northern Retail Quarter in Bracknell, a £200m, 50:50 joint venture with Schroders UK Property Fund to regenerate Bracknell town centre. The work will commence in the spring, be completed by 2017, and deliver new retail, commercial, and residential buildings, within landscaped public spaces.
Laura Mason, Director of Direct Investments at Legal & General Capital, said:
"Pension and Sovereign Wealth funds want to invest in the UK and help regenerate our towns and cities. Today we have announced our intention to build 1000 new homes and regenerate Bracknell’s town centre. This shows what can be done in partnership with a forward looking council, and we see no reason why what we’re doing here in Bracknell cannot be repeated across many more towns and cities in the UK."
Cllr Paul Bettison, Leader of the Council, commented:
"The Council welcomes this major investment into much needed housing and infrastructure in the wider Bracknell area – delivering 1,000 homes, a primary school, community facilities and improvements to roads and public transport, among other benefits. We are pleased to work with Legal & General on both this project and its separate major investment into Bracknell Town Centre’s regeneration, as we look to provide an even better quality of living and unlock future growth prospects for the local economy."
Bracknell Forest Council granted planning permission in January 2015 for the regeneration of the Crowthorne site. It was originally the former TRL, which was made up of an old vehicle testing track and empty 1960’s buildings.
The Crowthorne site is arranged over 250 acres, and the first phase of its development will begin this year and will include the delivery of around 200 houses, along with a primary school, works to create over 100 acres of public open space, and major improvements to the roads and public transport.
Legal & General Property will manage the development of the Crowthorne site on behalf of Legal & General Capital.
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Head of Group Corporate Communications
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Olivia Goodall PR Manager,
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020 3124 2777
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1. Legal & General Group Plc
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