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British Land to partner with London Design Festival 2016

04 May 2016

British Land has today announced that it will be partnering with the London Design Festival as Headline Partner at this year’s event in September. Now in its tenth year, the Festival is one of the world’s leading design exhibitions with over 400 events and installations taking place across the capital. British Land will work with the London Design Festival as they champion and encourage design engagement across London and it is the first time a major headline partner has been involved.

The partnership demonstrates British Land’s ongoing commitment to create Places People Prefer and underlines the importance design plays in creating places in which people want to work, shop and live. The company has a long history of working with leaders in architecture, art and design to enhance and enliven places and environments in tune with modern lifestyles.

British Land CEO, Chris Grigg, said: “Our vision is to create Places People Prefer and design forms an integral part of delivering buildings and environments that make a positive difference to people’s lives. Our partnership with the London Design Festival celebrates the world’s leading designers across different design disciplines. It’s a great partnership for us; at the heart of good design is the challenge to deliver the most impact and best outcome for the user whether it is an individual product, a single building or the wider environment.”

London Design Festival Director, Ben Evans said: “We are delighted that British Land is supporting the Festival as Headline Partner this year. Last year, British Land collaborated with us to celebrate the achievements of some key figures in the design world through the highly successful British Land Celebration of Design awards, rewarding talent and achievement alike. This year we welcome their greater involvement, as champions of innovation design, upholders of sustainable values and as leaders in the wider world of architecture and design.”

Running from 17th – 25th September, British Land and The London Design Festival will work together to host the prestigious awards evening, the British Land Celebration of Design. For the second consecutive year this awards ceremony forms a key part of the Festival, honouring and celebrating those who have made a significant contribution to the world of design.

Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838
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Notes to Editors

About British Land

We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £19.7 billion (of which British Land share is £14.4 billion), as valued at 30 September 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to finance these places effectively.

UK Retail assets account for 51% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 49% of our portfolio is focused on London. We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 7.5 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share).

We were awarded the 2016 Queen's Award for Enterprise, the UK's highest accolade for business success, for our continued economic, social and environmental achievements over five years. Our industry-leading sustainability strategy is a powerful tool to deliver lasting value for all our stakeholders. By supporting communities, improving environments and growing economies, we create Places People Prefer and enhance long-term returns. Further details can be found on the British Land website at

About the London Design Festival

The London Design Festival is a key constituent of London’s Autumn creative season, alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival. Established in 2003 its role is to celebrate and promote London as the world’s design capital and gateway to the international design community and it has now established a reputation as one of the largest and most exciting design events in the world. This year the Festival will run from 17-25 September and over 400 events and installations will be on offer across the capital, from an exciting programme at the V&A to a major installation in Trafalgar Square plus over 300 partners who will participate in the nine day Festival.

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