London icon, Battersea Power Station, sold for £400 million

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Joint sales advisers, Knight Frank and Ernst & Young Real Estate Corporate Finance, announce today the exchange of contracts of the 39.1-acre Battersea Power Station site, the last significant piece of prime central London remaining for redevelopment.

London icon, Battersea Power Station

London icon, Battersea Power Station

We have now found a skilled and extremely professional purchaser who we feel can take on this site and produce the best result for London.

Joint sales advisers, Knight Frank and Ernst & Young Real Estate Corporate Finance, announce today the exchange of contracts of the 39.1-acre Battersea Power Station site, the last significant piece of prime central London remaining for redevelopment.

Following a global marketing process that started in February 2012 and covered all major world wealth centres, a consortium comprising SP Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees’ Pension Fund of Malaysia have exchanged contracts on the site for £400m.

Fergal O’Reilly, director at joint agent Ernst & Young Real Estate Corporate Finance, says, “The international marketing campaign has achieved a fantastic result, which some thought unlikely if not impossible, returning a number of highly credible bids from across the globe, and ultimately resulting in an exchange of contracts with the SP Setia consortium. The sale of Battersea Power Station (BPS) is testament to the continuing draw of London as a centre for global investment.”

“The successful process demonstrates Knight Frank and Ernst & Young’s global reach and expertise in marketing such a high profile, internationally renowned asset. SP Setia was the highest deliverable bid from the process and provides our clients and the creditors with a significant return."

Stephan Miles-Brown, head of residential development at joint agent Knight Frank, says, “Throughout the six-month marketing process, which attracted investors from countries as diverse as Kazakhstan, South Africa, China, Indonesia and Brazil, we enjoyed excellent support and encouragement from all key stakeholders: in particular – the London Borough of Wandsworth, the Mayor’s office, Transport for London, and English Heritage.

“We have now found a skilled and extremely professional purchaser who we feel can take on this site and produce the best result for London – the re-development of a prominent, listed building at a prime, waterfront location. The finished scheme will be the jewel in the crown of the Nine Elms Development. Knight Frank and Ernst & Young have relished their roles in selling an icon and will observe its development with great interest.”

The current planning consent has provision for 3,500 homes and 1.7 million square feet of office space, as well as for hotel and retail units. It will also provide London with two new Underground stations, extensions from the Northern line.

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Rosie Cade, Residential Development PR manager, Knight Frank, +44 (0)20 7861 1068, +44 (0)7500 033488 rosie(dot)cade(at)knightfrank(dot)com
Alice Mitchell, commercial PR manager, Knight Frank, +44 (0)20 7861 1744 alice(dot)mitchellat)knightfrank(dot)com
Adam Holden, Media Relations Manager Ernst & Young, +44 (0)7917 000028, aholden(at)uk(dot)ey(dot)com

Knight Frank LLP is the leading independent global property consultancy. Headquartered in London, Knight Frank and its New York-based global partner, Newmark Knight Frank, operate from 242 offices, in 43 countries, across six continents. More than 7,067 professionals handle in excess of US$817 billion (£498 billion) worth of commercial, agricultural and residential real estate annually, advising clients ranging from individual owners and buyers to major developers, investors and corporate tenants. For further information about the Company, please visit http://www.knightfrank.com.

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