Despite globally economic uncertainty, Legal & General Capital has significantly increased its alternative asset commitments in 2022, backing the delivery of over 17,000 new homes, 2.7m sq ft of commercial real estate across the UK and US, and investing in multiple innovative clean energy businesses to support the transition to a low carbon economy.
Legal & General Capital’s commitments in 2022 mean it is on track to deliver against its stated ambitions to generate up to £600m in profit from alternative assets by 2025, with returns of around 10% to 12% per annum, across its key focus areas of housing, SME finance, specialist commercial real estate, digital infrastructure and clean energy.
In 2022, Legal & General Capital’s commitments have included:
- A landmark year in housing, backing the delivery of over 17,000 new homes across affordable housing, Suburban Build to Rent, Modular Housing, traditional build to sell, and key worker homes through its Oxford University partnership. Many of these schemes have been delivered through pioneering new joint venture models such as a 3,000 home partnership with Lovell and a 2,500 home partnership with Metropolitan Thames Valley Homes.
- Continuing to invest in major urban regeneration schemes, encompassed by LGC’s multi-billion pound commitment with the West Midland’s Combined Authority and new science and tech infrastructure through Bruntwood SciTech’s first Scotland-based scheme, Glasgow Met Tower. We have also started on site on a number of transformational schemes including major new infrastructure as part of our Oxford University partnership and beginning work at our development at Sheffield West Bar.
- Continued investment into clean energy transition start up’s and scale up’s across power, heat and transport. This has come through significant investments into companies such as net zero enabler Sero Technologies; marine technology business, Rovco-Vaarst; battery storage business, Brill Power; rooftop solar business, Sunroof; and an increased investment in UK manufacturer and installer of ground source heat pumps, Kensa Group, amongst others. We also invested in additional UK solar power infrastructure assets and provided cornerstone capital for two completed fund raises by sustainable infrastructure manager NTR.
- Increased investment in digital infrastructure, with LGC’s data centre business, Kao Data, becoming a multi-site platform
- Expansion into the US for the first time, creating a major life science and technology platform across regional markets through our new business Ancora L&G.
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