6.25 acre industrial site in Selsdon will accommodate a major new Travis Perkins facility providing an enhanced range of building materials and value-added services for construction customers
Investment will ensure construction customers serving the capital and surrounding areas will have easy access to building materials locally
The site’s build area can easily be re-configured to serve all of the Group’s lightside, heavyside and specialist construction customers
Northampton 9 October 2023: Travis Perkins plc, the UK’s largest distributor of building materials and a leading partner to the construction industry, has today announced the purchase of a 6.25 acre industrial goods yard in Selsdon, South Croydon.
The site, which is split into seven plots, was purchased from The Arch Company on a 146-year head lease and is part of the Group’s long term property development strategy to invest in sites for the Group’s businesses to create destination branches delivering enhanced product ranges and value-added services for trade customers.
This goods yard in Selsdon is conveniently located near the M23/M25 intersection to provide easy access for trade customers serving the City of London and the capital’s West End, which are within 13 miles of the site. The site is adjacent to the railway, but does not include any railway arches.
With essential services, such as builders merchants, increasingly being pushed further out of urban conurbations, this investment will help to ensure that construction customers serving the capital and surrounding areas will have easy access to building materials locally.
Commenting on the announcement, Nick Pinney, Group Property Director said: “At Travis Perkins Group we continually review our property portfolio to identify value creation opportunities. The Selsdon property is a high-quality asset that will give us a great opportunity to develop a site that will feature one of the largest Travis Perkins general merchant branches in the country, enhance our wider customer proposition in Croydon and secure our presence there for the longer term.”
Craig McWilliam, CEO of The Arch Company, added: “We’re delighted to sell this site to one of our existing customers, Travis Perkins plc. We are focused on investing in our core estate of arches and former railway properties, and we’ll use proceeds from this sale to continue funding Project 1000, our £200m plan to bring a thousand empty and derelict spaces into use by 2030.”
The build area at the Selsdon site can easily be re-configured to suit the Travis Perkins Group portfolio, which alongside the Travis Perkins general merchant also includes Toolstation and the specialist building materials distributors BSS, Keyline and CCF. This combination of businesses enables the Group to provide unparalleled service to tradespeople in the area, right through from smaller general builders to large specialist contractors.
Travis Perkins plc currently has a freehold property portfolio valued at around £1.1bn with the market value of the estate having grown by almost £600m since 2010. During this period, the Group's active management of the portfolio has also generated net proceeds after reinvestment of over £100m and profits of over £300m.
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About Travis Perkins plc
Travis Perkins plc is a leading partner to the construction industry and the UK’s leading distributor of building materials to trade customers. The Group operates a number of market leading businesses, including Travis Perkins general merchant, Toolstation and specialists in the civils (Keyline), heating and ventilation (BSS) and drylining and insulation (CCF). With annual revenues of around £5bn, the Group employs nearly 20,000 colleagues across the UK, but also in France and Benelux through Toolstation. The company has a proud heritage that spans over 200 years. For more information, please visit www.travisperkinsplc.co.uk
The Arch Company
The Arch Company owns and manages 5,200 properties across England and Wales and is the country’s leading provider of space to small and medium sized businesses. Two thirds of the properties are in London with others concentrated in metropolitan centres like Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, and Bristol. Three quarters of the properties are railway arches with the rest former railway buildings and land sites. The Arch Company, which was formed in 2019 and is jointly owned by Blackstone and TT Group, exists to make space for businesses to thrive. For more information, please visit: www.thearchco.com