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L&G and Oxford University team up for £4bn housing scheme

Construction of affordable homes for staff and students to take place over next decade

Legal & General has teamed up with Oxford University in a £4bn partnership to build science parks and thousands of homes for staff and students over the next decade.

The insurance and pensions group will build 1,000 subsidised homes for university and college workers, 1,000 homes for research graduates and a further 1,000 for general sale or rent, on land provided by the university, in the first wave of the partnership.

The staff homes, which will include one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as some houses, will be rented out at a 20% discount to market prices, mainly to junior academic and support staff earning less than £40,000 a year. They will be located next to new research and laboratory facilities at a vastly expanded science park in Begbroke, north of Oxford.

A second science park and graduate housing are planned for the Osney Mead industrial estate. Rents will be pegged to student rents at other university and college accommodation, which range from £450 a month to £675 for a newly built ensuite room.

The university, which employs 20,000 people, will retain ownership of the land and issue 60-year leases to L&G. The company’s Future Cities business will fund the buildings and receive rent, but will eventually hand the properties to the university.

David Prout, the university’s pro vice-chancellor for planning and resources, said: “Our priority is to provide good-quality affordable accommodation for graduates and staff. If all goes well, we would hope to do more in future.”

The funding, up to £4bn over the next 10 years, will come from L&G’s shareholder and annuity funds as well as funds managed by L&G Investment Management.

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