British Land Company Plc

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British Land Company (LSE: BLND) is a UK-REIT that started out as a company based in London in 1856.

BLND began as a way for ordinary people to have the right to vote. After the Reform Act of 1832, people could vote if they owned a "forty-bob freehold." Companies bought up large tracts of land, then sold freehold rights to obtain a rent of 40 shillings (bob), or two pounds per year, to qualify to vote.

British Land continued to operate as small real estate company. Almost all of its records and many of its properties were destroyed during the World War II bombings. On March 31, 1970 it merged with Union Property Holdings (London) Limited. Its Managing Director Sir John Ritblat built the company into a major player in corporate real estate.

On January 1, 2007 BLND became a real estate investment trust. Now they are one of the largest such companies in the United Kingdom, probably the second largest. They own or manage 13.5 billion pounds of property, of which their net equity is 8.5 billion pounds. Stephen Hester is CEO.

Their focus is on "Out of Town" (suburban) retail properties (66% of their portfolio) and office buildings in London (32% of their portfolio), and they're expanding into Western Europe.

Their concentrate on prime retail properties. In 2006 they began selling off properties where their retail tenants did not expect to do well. This helped prepare them for the credit crunch/recession of 2007-2009.

British Land Company Retail Properties Include:

Teesside Shopping Park, Stockton-on-Tees; New Mersey Shopping Park, Speke; Sainsbury's, Cambridge; Meadowhall, Sheffield; St Stephen’s, Hull; Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon; Bon Accord and St Nicholas Centre, Aberdeen; Parkgate Retail Park Rotherham, Parkgate Retail Park Debenhams, Oxford Street; Market Street, Manchester; Spain, Madrid, Nassica Retail Park Spain, Madrid; Birmingham, Rackhams Store; Manchester, Debenhams; Stockton-On-Tees, Teesside Shopping Park; Glasgow, Glasgow Fort Shop Park; View Details for Aberdeen, St Nicholas & Bon Accord Shopping Centres; Oxford Street, Debenhams; Peterborough, Serpentine Green, Tesco; Chester, Broughton Shop Park; Leicester, Beaumont Leys; Surrey Quays Shopping Centre; Milton Keynes, Kingston Centre; Oldham, Centre Retail Park; Inverness, Inverness Retail Park; Preston, Deepdale Retail Park; Cambridge, The Beehive Centre; Clifton Moor Retail Park, York; Llandudno, Mostyn Champneys; Dartford, Prospect Place Retail Park; Manchester, Denton, Crown Point; Swindon, Orbital Shopping Pk; Doncaster, The Wheatley Centre; Portugal, Lisbon, Sintra Retail Park; Walsall, Crown Wharf Retail Park; Leeds, Birstall Shopping Park; Northampton, St James Retail Park; Newport, Harlech Retail Park; Chester, Debenhams; Fareham, Whiteley Village; Bury, Woodfields Retail Park; Cardiff, Debenhams; Oxford, Debenhams; Glasgow, Shandwick Square Shopping Centre; Wakefield, Westgate Retail Park; View Details for Clapham Junction, Arding & Hobbs; Bradford, Forster Square Retail Park, Phase 2; Cwmbran, Cwmbran Retail Park; Colchester, Tollgate Centre; Cardiff, Roath, Sainsburys; Weston Super Mare, Sainsburys; Kingston-Upon-Hull, Kingswood Retail Park; Dumfries, Cuckoo Bridge Retail Park; Southport Town Lane, Tesco; Chelmsford, Debenhams; Southampton, Bursledon, Tesco; Leyland Towngate, Tesco; Dundee Kingsway, Tesco; Sunderland, Hylton Riverside Retail Park; Orpington, Nugent Shopping Park; Leeds, Westside Retail Park; Lincoln, Valentine Retail Park; Grimsby, B & Q Peakes Park Way; Londonderry, Lisnagelvin; North Shields, B & Q; Neasden, Tesco; Bradford, Forster Square Retail Park, Phase 1; Nottingham Bulwell, Tesco; Bournemouth,Debenhams; Lincoln, B & Q Triton Road; Glasgow, B & Q Leggatston Road; Southampton, Sainsburys; Sheffield, Sainsburys; Bury, B & Q Bridge Hall Lane; Newton Aycliffe, Tesco; Elgin, Springfield Retail Park; Crawley, Sainsbury's; Dundee Riverside, Tesco; Bradford, Sainsburys; Exeter, B & Q Avocet Road; Croydon, Purley Way, Sainsbury; Swansea, Sainsburys; York Foss Bank, Sainsburys; Brislington, Tesco; Rugby, Sainsburys; Kempston, Sainsburys; Leicester, Sainsburys; Nottingham, Sainsburys HL; Preston, Sainsburys; Cambridge, Sainsburys; Crawley, West Green; Hereford, Sainsburys; Mansfield, St Peter's Retail Park; Leytonstone, Tesco; Ashford, B & Q Norman Road; Woking, Lion Retail Park; Ashford Kent, Tesco; Pontypridd, Tesco; Evesham Worcester Road, Tesco; Chiswick W4, Sainsburys; Altrincham, Sainsburys; Feltham, Tesco; South Woodford E18, Sainsburys; Northampton, Sainsburys HL; Coleraine, Riverside Retail Pk; Macclesfield Sainsbury's; Barrow-In-Furness, Cornerhouse Retail Park; Banbury, Oxford Road Sainsburys; Grimsby, Sainsburys; Newton Abbot, Tesco; Oxford, Botley Road Retail Park; Hereford Abbotsmead, Tesco; Locksbottom, Sainsburys; Bridgwater, Sainsburys; Bromley By Bow, Tesco; Ashford Stanwell, Tesco; Islington N1, Sainsbury's; Burton Upon Trent, Sainsburys; Formby, Tesco; Newmarket, Studlands Retail Park; West Ealing W13, Sainsburys; Ferndown, Tesco; Barnstaple, Tesco; Potters Bar, Tesco; Nottingham, Giltbrook Retail Park; Barrow-In-Furness, Hindpool Retail Park; Portsmouth, Sainsburys; East Kilbride Retail Park; Kimberley, Sainsburys; Wadebridge West Hill, Tesco; Walthamstow E17, Sainsburys; Ingleby Barwick, Tesco; Hove Church Road, Tesco; Cardiff, Thornhill, Sainsburys; Chadwell Heath, Sainsburys; Barnstaple, Barnstaple Retail Park; Liverpool Allerton, Tesco; Montrose, Western Road, Tesco; Redcar West Dyke Road, Tesco; Maidstone, The Minor Centre; Hayle, West Cornwall Shopping Park; Blackpole, Sainsburys; Pontardawe Neath, Tesco; Plymouth, Matalan; Weymouth, Jubilee Close; Bath, Homebase; Blackwood, Blackwood Retail Park; Newport Gwent, Sainsburys; Richmond, Homebase; Plymouth, Marsh Mills Retail Park Phase 2; Camberley, Homebase; Newton Abbot, Kingsteignton Retail Park; Bexhill-On-Sea, Sainsburys; Beckenham, Sainsburys; Stockton, Debenhams; Hove, Peacock Estate; Forres Nairn Road, Tesco; Birkenhead, Sainsburys; Feltham, Homebase; Sheldon Coventry Road, Tesco; Hounslow West, Somerfield; Bodmin, Sainsburys; Derby, Homebase; Dinnington Undergate, Tesco; Harrow Weald, Homebase; Bath, Weston Lock Retail Park; Walton On Thames, Homebase; Reigate, Homebase; Edinburgh, Fort Kinnaird; and St David's, Cardiff.

British Land Office Properties Include:

London EC2, Broadgate Estate; London NW1, Regent's Place; London W1, Seymour Street York House; London NW1, Regent's Place North East Quadrant; London SE1, Great Suffolk Street, C& Hackney, Chart Street, Addison House, C&W; Victoria Street No 39; London SW1, Ebury Gate; Whitechapel, Dock Street, C&W; London, 2-3 Eldon Street, Eldon House; London W1, 16 17 & 18 Berners Street; London W1, Yalding House Great Portland Street; London W1, Nos 95/99 Baker Street; London W1, Poland Street, Nos 52-53 Swan House; Birmingham,103 Colmore Row; 201 Bishopsgate & The Broadgate Tower, London EC2; London EC3, 122 Leadenhall Street, The Leadenhall Building; London NW1, Osnaburgh Street; London, EC2, Ropemaker; and Theale, Clearwater Development.

Other properties include: Coventry, New Century Park; Croydon, Valley Leisure Park; Leeds, Electric Press; Thatcham, Colthrop Lane; and Wembley Hotel, Travel Lodge.

Developments include: Puerto Venecia, Zaragoza, Spain; 201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower; 10 and 20 Triton Street; and The Leadenhall Building.

The British Land Company Plc treats the issue of sustainability very seriously. They believe it's everybody's duty to do their part to conserve resources.

From 2003 to 2006 they were recognized as a world market leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Other awards include: 2nd place in the FTSE 100 Company Transport Survey from the Environmental Transport Association. National Green Apple Awards, Gold Winner for Best Environmental Practice (for Eastgate Centre in Basildon), and Sustainable Developer of the Year 2007 by the Building Sustainability Awards.

All their properties in London have received the target or provisional rating of Excellent from the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

British Land Company is a Real Estate Investment Trust in England well-positioned to profit from economic activity there.

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