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265 Strand

This week in… 2013

NTT Urban Development, a subsidiary of Japanese telecoms company Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation, bought 265 Strand for around £77m.

London skyline

This week in… 2014

LA-based firm Karlin Real Estate opened a London office with a war chest of $1bn to invest in Europe. The company said it was targeting commercial real estate assets through its debt and equity platforms.

AYKON Nine Elms

This week in… 2015

Middle Eastern developer DAMAC snapped up the ‘Jenga’ tower development – nicknamed for its design incorporating large interlocking blocks — in Nine Elms for around £600m.

Closed due to Covid sign

This week in… 2020

The government implemented a nationwide lockdown on everyday life in an attempt to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Sprucefield retail park

This week in… 2014

Intu agreed to buy Westfield’s Sprucefield Retail Park in Northern Ireland (pictured), as well as Westfield Derby and a 50% stake in Westfield Merry Hill in the West Midlands, in a trio of deals worth £867.8m.

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