Grosvenor and The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) have announced today that they have agreed terms to enter into, upon completion of HSH’s purchase of a 50% interest in 1-5 Grosvenor Place, SW1 in London, United Kingdom, a 50:50 joint venture partnership that seeks to redevelop the site.
The newly formed partnership will aspire to redevelop the 1.5 acre site opposite the gardens of Buckingham Palace and overlooking Hyde Park into a mixed use scheme incorporating HSH’s first hotel in the UK – The Peninsula London.
Mr. Clement K.M. Kwok, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HSH, commented: “London is one of the world’s most important financial centres and a key international gateway city for business tourism. This project is consistent with our Group’s long term strategy, representing our desire to further expand in Europe.”
Mr. Peter Vernon, Chief Executive Officer of Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be working in partnership with Asia’s longest standing hotel operator whose expertise will be invaluable to delivering an exceptional scheme in such a prominent location in central London.”
The partnership will be formed following HSH’s acquisition of Derwent London’s 50% leasehold interest in the site for £132.5 million (approximately HK$1,564 million, exclusive of value added tax and other applicable taxes).
HSH and Grosvenor will work together to design and submit a planning application to develop the site following an extensive consultation phase with the local community.
For more information contact:
Naomi Curtis/Sorrel Basher, Press Office
020 7312 6479/6101
Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through our skills in placemaking anddesign, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. The core portfolio comprises 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in London, which first came into the Grosvenor family in 1677. Ownership and active management of its London estate remains at the heart of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s strategy. Investment assets comprise the largest part of its portfolio. Grosvenor Britain & Ireland also undertakes development across London, and in selected city centres around the UK. As at 31 December 2012, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £4.8bn.