CPPIB acquires stake in British shopping centre for $350 mln

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has agreed to acquire an interest in Grand Central Shopping Centre, a British regional shopping space. CPPIB acquired the stake for £175 million ($350 million) in a 50:50 joint venture with British property development and investment firm Hammerson. Grand Central, which opened in September 2015, provides 435,000 square feet of retail space in Birmingham, the United Kingdom’s second largest city.


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Forms Joint Venture with Hammerson to Acquire Stake in a Regional U.K. Shopping Centre

Toronto, Canada (February 12, 2016): Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture with Hammerson in relation to the Grand Central Shopping Centre (Grand Central) in Birmingham, U.K. CPPIB’s total acquisition cost for 50% of Grand Central will be £175 million.

CPPIB’s investment is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

Grand Central, which opened in September 2015, provides 435,000 square feet of high-quality prime retail space in Birmingham, the U.K.’s second largest city.

“Through this joint venture, we are once again demonstrating our long-term commitment to the U.K., and in particular, to regional markets around the country,” said Andrea Orlandi, Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Investments, Europe, CPPIB. “In addition, we are pleased to expand our strong relationship with Hammerson and look forward to working with them to deliver a world-class shopping destination in Birmingham.”

Grand Central is already home to a number of top U.K. retailers, and offers 40 premium stores and 20 casual dining brands. The shopping centre sits above the redeveloped New Street Station which, with Grand Central, now makes up a world-class ‘gateway’ to the heart of the city and is the busiest train station outside of London, expected to see footfall of over 55 million passengers annually.

About Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a professional investment management organization that invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to pay current benefits on behalf of 19 million contributors and beneficiaries. In order to build a diversified portfolio of CPP assets, CPPIB invests in public equities, private equities, real estate, infrastructure and fixed income instruments. Headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, New York City and São Paulo, CPPIB is governed and managed independently of the Canada Pension Plan and at arm’s length from governments. At December 31, 2015, the CPP Fund totalled $282.6 billion. For more information about CPPIB, please visit www.cppib.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Dan Madge, Senior Manager,
Media Relations,

Photo courtesy of Grand Central Shopping Centre