Norwich Property Trust buys £268 million of new properties in third quarter

Article date: 11 October 2005

The Norwich Property Trust (NPT) acquired more than £268million of new properties in the third quarter of this year, thehighest amount of acquisitions that the fund has made in the past18 months.

The eight new additions to the NPT, which is managed by MorleyFund Management, were all purchased during the past eight weeks.These eight acquisitions were:

  • The Rydon Lane Retail Park in Exeter, purchased fromHenderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund for £56.5 million
  • Triangle Shopping Centre in Manchester, purchased fromBlackstone Group for £67 million
  • Prime office units at Trinity Gardens in Newcastle fromSilverlink Property Developments plc for £35 million
  • Five out of the eight properties were a mix of high streetretail and prime office units, with a geographical spread acrossthe UK in Glasgow, Leeds, Brighton, Cardiff and Sutton. Thesefive properties were acquired for £110 million from ING RealEstate Investment Management and formed part of the AbbeyNational portfolio sold to ING REIM.

Gerardine Davies, the manager of the Norwich Property Trust andfund manager at Morley Fund Management, said of the purchases:“With continued strong demand for commercial property,we’re pleased to have secured these quality assets for theportfolio, which fit well with the investment strategy of theNorwich Property Trust. Our scale gives us the opportunity to buyportfolios that include a whole spectrum of property types inlocations throughout the country. The properties we have acquiredare top quality within their specific markets and give the NPTbalanced exposure to both the office and retailsectors.”

The £1.813 billion Norwich Property Trust was the UK's firstAuthorised Property Unit Trust when it was set up in 1991. TheTrust offers investors exposure to a highly diversified portfolioof UK commercial property assets as well as some exposure toproperty company shares (enhancing liquidity and returns).

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For more information, contact:
MoninaVillaroman
Corporate Communications Manager
Morley Fund Management
Monina.Villaroman@morleyfm.com
tel +44 207 809 8618

Laura Cook
Corporate Communications Executive
Morley Fund Management
Laura.Cook@morleyfm.com
tel+44 207 809 8125

Notes to editors:
About Morley FundManagement
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**Not including mortgage assets, as at 30/06/05

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