Our History

Quintain creates value from investment in and development of property in London.  

Wembley Park

The Wembley scheme began through Quintain's acquisition of Wembley (London) Ltd in 2002. As part of the transaction, approximately 44 acres of exhibition land and car parks surrounding the National Stadium were acquired by the Company. In subsequent years an office block, further land, Wembley Retail Park and Stadium Retail Park were acquired, enlarging the scheme to approximately 85 acres.

Having secured planning consent for an initial 5.3 million sq ft of development, work began in 2006 on the redevelopment of Wembley Arena, including the 180 degree reorientation of the historic building to face the new National Stadium. Subsequently, 500 homes, a 660-bedroom student accommodation scheme, a West-End standard 361-bedroom Hilton Hotel and London Designer Outlet were completed. London Borough of Brent has also opened its new Civic Centre on the scheme.

Outline planning consent for the second phase of development, which will create 1,300 new homes, was secured in 2011. Construction is underway of 835 new homes which will complete in stages throughout 2016 and 2017.

Greenwich Peninsula

Following a land swap in 1999, the Company acquired 18.5 acres of land on the opposite bank of the River Thames to Canary Wharf. This land now constitutes part of the current 150-acre Greenwich Peninsula scheme immediately to the south of The O2. Quintain and its development partner secured permission for 14.1 million sq ft of development on the scheme in 2004, including consent to create 10,000 new homes for the capital. AEG were introduced to the scheme and have now transformed The Dome into The O2 and 350,000 sq ft of office space has been completed. In 2012 Quintain received the overwhelming approval of shareholders, with 99.9% of votes cast in favour, for a transformational transaction with Knight Dragon regarding the Peninsula. This deal secured £300 million of funding for development on the scheme and new fee streams for the Company. In November 2013, shareholders voted to realise future development profits from Greenwich Peninsula by selling our remaining 40% interest to Knight Dragon, for an aggregate price of £230 million.

Asset Management

At one point, Quintain generated significant income from the management of assets in specialist sectors such as science parks and student accommodation. More recently, the strategy has re-focused the Company on London, a city with international appeal, economic growth and continuing investment in infrastructure, which supports forecasts for substantial population growth through to 2031.

In 2012, Quintain acquired Grafton Advisors which since 2001 has provided strategic advice to the West End of London Property Unit Trust (WELPUT), an open-ended Jersey Property Unit Trust managed by Schroder Real Estate, with over 100 institutional investors. In March 2012, 100% of the share capital in Grafton Advisors was sold to Quintain where the team continues to advise WELPUT.

Using its specialist skills, our team provides its investment and asset management experience alongside the Schroders fund management expertise to ensure the continued strong performance of the WELPUT Trust.

WELPUT comprises a 10 asset portfolio totalling approximately £1.2 billion (Gross Asset Value) located across Central London with a diversified and strong occupier base, matching secure income with a balanced expiry profile.

Management and Ownership

Quintain was established in 1992 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. On 25 September 2015, a vehicle indirectly controlled by Lone Star Real Estate Fund IV announced that, by virtue of its control over 76% of shares in Quintain, the Company would be de-listed. As a result, the Company became a private entity on 23 October 2015.

Maxwell James was appointed Chief Executive of Quintain in May 2012, taking over from the Company's co-founder, Adrian Wyatt. At the same time, Nigel J Kempner, founder of Grafton Advisors, was appointed to the Board and subsequently named Investment Director. Simon Carter joined as Finance Director in May 2015.

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