10 Sep 2018
Legal & General's Leisure Fund grows to over £600m following acquisition of Birmingham's Broadway Plaza
Legal & General announces that it has acquired Broadway Plaza in Birmingham, on behalf of its Leisure Fund from Aviva Investors, for £46.95 million, growing the Fund to over £600 million.
The 280,000 sq ft leisure development is anchored by a brand-new Odeon Luxe Cinema along with a Hollywood Bowl, Travelodge, Nuffield Health, Rock Up and an independent casino. The scheme is also soon to open an indoor adventure golf offer to add another large footfall generator. The scheme generates a total net income of approximately £3.5m per year.
Odeon Cinemas and Hollywood Bowl, have both recently committed to new 15 and 25 year leases respectively giving a WAULT on the asset of 14 years to expiry with over 80% of the income geared to indexation or fixed growth. The car park has also recently been updated at a cost of £9 million.
This acquisition follows the leisure fundings recently exchanged by the Fund in Stafford (Waterfront Leisure) and York (Vangarde Leisure Park) to be anchored by Odeon and Cineworld respectively and completed in early 2019.
This is a great addition to the Fund, presenting an opportunity to improve a dominant edge of city leisure scheme with strong anchor tenants.
"The leisure sector continues to grow with more innovative concepts emerging. Our dedicated Leisure Fund has grown to over £600m following this acquisition and is continuing to grow with exciting new developments in the pipeline. This scheme presents an opportunity for us as specialist leisure owners to continue to evolve the leisure offering in order to achieve the best results for our investors.
Andrew Ferguson, Senior Fund Manager, Legal & General
The scheme has seen significant improvements in the past 18 months and with the opening of the Odeon Luxe and new Hollywood Bowl, the scheme is the dominant leisure offer in Birmingham city centre with further potential to move forward.
Mark Smith, KLM Retail