Thursday, 05 November 2020
Goodman Group, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) and APG Asset Management N.V. (APG) have each allocated an additional £300 million of equity to investment vehicles in the UK, targeting the logistics sector.
The expansion follows the success of the Goodman UK Partnership (GUKP) established in 2015 to invest in prime industrial and logistics properties on a long term basis.
Stephen Young, Director – Investment Management, Goodman UK, said:
"The Partnership sees us continuing our investment in strategic locations that meet the rising demand for modern, well-located logistics properties. Building on the strength of the UK portfolio to date, this increased commitment provides us with the equity to support the future development and acquisition of best-in-class urban logistics space where supply is limited and demand is driven by consumers."
The additional commitment will be used to further expand the portfolio of high-quality, sustainable logistics and industrial properties strategically located on key arterial routes across the South East and M1/M6 corridors, as well as last-mile locations, particularly around Greater London.
Tom Jackson, Managing Director, Head of UK Real Estate, CPP Investments, said:
"Structural changes in the retail market and logistics supply chain, together with an acceleration of online consumerism, are driving strong demand for quality logistics space to service major population centres in the UK. We are delighted to be expanding our successful partnership with Goodman and APG to capitalise on the supportive sector fundamentals and increase our exposure to this asset class, ultimately delivering long-term value for CPP contributors and beneficiaries."
Goodman Group is one of CPP Investments' longest standing and largest global partners in real estate with partnerships established in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong and the US.
Speaking of the increased equity commitment, Max Remmers, Senior Portfolio Manager Real Estate, APG, commented:
"With this capital increase we continue to increase our allocation to this resilient segment of the property market, thereby focusing on supply-constrained infill locations which are benefiting from structural trends such as growing online penetration, supply chain reconfiguration and urbanisation. We are pleased to expand our partnership with Goodman and CPP Investments, which has proven to be successful in the UK as well as in other regions around the world. Goodman has been instrumental in developing and operating a significant part of APG's industrial and logistics exposure globally."