28 APRIL 2015

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has purchased the first refurbished part of the Television Centre development in White City, London - now the new BBC Worldwide HQ. The Aviva Investors Lime Property Fund (“Lime”) has acquired the leasehold from Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan for £67m, representing a net initial yield of 3.75%.

BBC Worldwide, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, have agreed a 25 year lease with annual uncapped RPI increases. The property was constructed in 1990 and known as Stage 6, an extension to BBC Television Centre. The building has recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment, providing office and ancillary accommodation over five floors. The surrounding area in White City is undergoing significant regeneration with retail, office and residential development planned over the coming years.

Lime, launched in July 2004 has over £1.4 billion under management as at April 2015. It is an open-ended fund that generates a secure and consistent income return by investing in assets with a high concentration of rents that are either inflation-linked or that have pre-agreed fixed uplifts.

Renos Booth, manager of the Aviva Investors Lime Property Fund, said: “This is an impressive building with iconic status. It is a great addition to our portfolio and will complement the existing assets as we look to generate a secure and predictable income stream for our investors.

“White City is undergoing significant regeneration with Television Centre as the centre of gravity for that regeneration and the area becoming increasingly attractive to occupiers looking for high quality accommodation in the capital. It has strong transport links into Central London and future rental growth is expected. Today’s acquisition provides the opportunity to capitalise on this emerging growth story whilst still in its infancy, to the benefit of our clients.”

Alistair Shaw, Managing Director of Television Centre, said: “White City is a great place to invest and we are delighted to welcome Aviva Investors as part of the Television Centre redevelopment which has all the components to create a great place.

“The new BBC Worldwide HQ is the first part of that regeneration to be completed and there will be a further 400,000 sq ft of new Grade A office accommodation delivered at Television Centre over the next two years. Demolition is already underway at Television Centre and, with a new Soho House club and hotel and 950 new homes, it will truly be a core driver for the regeneration of the exciting and up and coming White City area, creating thousands of jobs.”

JLL and Pinsent Masons acted for Lime and LSH for the BBC DTZ and Macfarlanes acted for the vendor, Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan in the deal.

The Lime Property Fund was recently awarded the Ten Year Absolute Award at the IPD/IPF Property Investment Awards 2015. The Fund received the award for the highest ten year absolute risk adjusted return, based on the highest ratio of ten year annualised absolute return against standard deviation or relative return.

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For more information contact:

Steve Ainger
Aviva Investors Media Relations
+44 (0)20 7809 8452

Ian Lindsley
Jefferson on behalf of Stanhope and Television Centre
020 7256 8912

Grant Bather
Aviva Investors Media Relations
+44 (0)20 7809 6252

Laura Cocker
Aviva Investors Media Relations
+44 (0)20 7809 8791

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