Welcome to The Crown Estate
What we do
We are specialist owners and managers in two key areas: the West End of London, where we manage all of Regent Street and around half of St James's - and in prime retail property across the UK in locations including Oxford, Exeter, Nottingham, Newcastle and Harlow.
Through sales and acquisitions, property development and active asset management we take advantage of a dominant position in our areas of specialism to enhance the quality of our investments and the make-up of the portfolio.
In recent years we have made significant progress: our award winning £1 billion Regent Street investment programme has transformed the street into a 21st century international destination; our St James's properties are also now the focus of comprehensive £500 million regeneration plan; and we have constructed a major £1.5 billion portfolio of commercial assets outside of London, that makes us one of the country's largest owners of prime retail property.
Under the Crown Estate Act we have no fresh sources of capital, nor can we borrow. Consequently we operate a business model based on the effective recycling of our existing capital and increasingly, the formation of strategic partnerships. We are part of a number of joint venture property partnerships across the UK, the most significant of which is our partnership with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) on Regent Street.
As well as taking a commercial approach to property investment, we take seriously our role as steward of some of the country's finest buildings and streetscapes. We take a long-term view of managing our business to ensure our properties meet the needs occupiers and users for generations to come.
Our total commercial property is worth around £4bn. Spread throughout the United Kingdom, over half is located in central London and the West End.
- Regent Street
We own the freehold to Regent Street in its entirety and since 2002 have been implementing a major £1 billion Regent Street Vision investment programme.
- St James's
We own nearly 50 per cent of the buildings in St James's and the area is part of the core fabric of The Crown Estate.
- Regional assets
A £1.5 billion property portfolio, our regional investments are principally in the retail sector where we are specialist property managers but also include a range of industrial and office premises.
Both of our core London holdings include residential property: our ongoing investment in St James's aims to build on an established and significant residential community, whilst Regent Street's sweeping curve offers 50 modern apartments for city living.
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- 03 May 2013 New deal to kick-start retail regeneration in St James’s
- 26 April 2013 Watches of Switzerland to open largest flagship store on Regent Street
- 26 April 2013 Mayor of London unveils tribute to the late Sir Simon Milton
- 25 April 2013 Regent Street redevelopment, W4, reaches major milestone
- 15 May 2013 It’s All About Offices on Regent Street
- 10 May 2013 The Gate, Newcastle, awarded BCSC accolade
- 09 May 2013 The world comes to Regent Street
- 23 April 2013 Alastair Smart addresses New London Architecture event
- 22 April 2013 Quadrant 3 makes RTPI awards shortlist