Associated British Ports launches transformed Property arm as a £3.5bn development and investment business

November 16, 2017

ABP, the UK’s leading port operator, today announces the launch of its transformed property arm as a £3.5 billion development and investment business with a 960 hectare (2,372 acres) land bank.

ABP Property owns sites in and around 21 major UK ports capable of creating as much as 30 million sq ft of accommodation for new logistics, assembly, manufacturing and other business operations offering the advantage of multimodal transport options – road, rail and sea.

To deliver this substantial range of development opportunities, a cornerstone of ABP’s commercial strategy, Commercial Director Jens Nielsen has assembled a specialist team.

Headed by Huw Turner, the team comprises property professionals with a diverse range of experience from property developer to commercial agency to end user.

ABP Property offers a variety of solutions aimed at meeting the needs of individual occupiers. This can range from providing buildings on traditional leases, to design and build, to partnership schemes and the provision of development funding.

ABP is in the midst of a £1 billion, five-year investment programme designed to create world class facilities for customers. At certain sites ABP Property will be investing substantially in infrastructure to enable development to proceed quickly.

ABP’s property division operates an existing investment portfolio amounting to approximately £2bn.

With sites in locations such as Southampton, the Humber and South Wales, ABP Property believes it can contribute to the regeneration of areas of under-investment and facilitate a major jobs-creation programme.

A good example of this is the £310m Siemens wind turbine blade manufacturing plant at Green Port Hull where ABP provided over half the development finance. This project has created around 1,000 jobs.

ABP Commercial Director Jens Nielsen said: “ABP Property comprises a genuinely-significant land bank and we have put together an experienced team to ensure investors, occupiers and agents can fully-capitalise on the opportunities that this space offers. Huw and his team across the UK have an impressive track record of delivering property solutions.”

Huw Turner, ABP Group Head of Property, said: “Our 21 ports serving key shipping, land and rail routes provide great opportunities to develop and utilise available land which offers accommodation solutions for the manufacture and distribution of goods locally, nationally and globally.

“Whether our customers’ business is port related or not, the size of our estate will enable clients to grow and expand while remaining in the same location. At the same time, occupiers will have the opportunity to expand their reach with the creation of additional buildings across other port locations where land is available for development.

“We provide a full one-stop service: from the start to completion of a project and beyond as we create a development partnership with our clients. ABP Property has the land, development expertise and financial resources for the delivery of new accommodation from specification to construction.”