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Greenland Enters U.K. with $2 Billion Investment

Greenland Enters U.K. with $2 Billion Investment

Chinese property developer Greenland Holding Group will invest £1.2 billion ($1.97 billion) in two London development projects, marking its entry into the U.K. market. 

The state-owned developer will purchase the historic Ram Brewery development site valued at £600 million, according to a company announcement. The Shanghai-based company plans to develop apartments, social-housing units and commercial space. 

"London is the world's financial capital and is the most international city in Europe, with a mature economy," Greenland chairman Zhang Yuliang said in a statement. 

Greenland is purchasing the 7.75-acre Ram Brewery site, former home of the original brewery of British pub chain Young & Co's Brewery, from a property company backed by ARES Capital Management and Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Ltd., The Wall Street Journal reports. The deal includes planning permission for 661 new homes, including a 36-story tower with 166 units and 9,500 square meters of commercial space.

Greenland plans to invest another £600 million in a project near the River Thames in London's Canary Wharf with 98,000 square meters in gross floor area with plans to develop into the tallest luxury residential housing project in the U.K., the WSJ reports. 

The developer announced plans to enter the London market last October. 

Greenland has been aggressively pursuing international deals, making its first investment in the U.S. in July by purchasing a $1 billion stake in a downtown Los Angeles project.

Last October, the developer increased its U.S. portfolio by purchasing a 70 percent stake in the Atlantic Yards Apartment Project in Brooklyn.  

In the latest announcement, Greenland said it plans to invest $5 billion to $8 billion in new projects overseas, specifically targeting Canada, France and Singapore. 

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