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2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE I-4 First Test

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:00

Despite both my parents having careers in the fashion industry, the fashion gene appears to have skipped me. My approach to fashion mirrors my attitude toward just about everything from cars to cuisine—KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Yet even I can appreciate the game-elevating styling the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P250 R-Dynamic SE brings to the table. Despite lacking the Posh Spice seal of approval, the fashion-forward Range Rover Velar brings a lot to the crowded two-row luxury crossover space—and it’d better, considering how pricey and late to the game it is.

Built on a modular architecture shared with the Jaguar F-Pace, the Range Rover Velar is designed to fill the narrow white space between the baby Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. This luxury crossover is intended to be the Range Rover line’s most carlike offering while still providing the off-road capability that the Land Rover badge demands. Given this goal, the Range Rover design team fully delivered—especially with a well-equipped sample like our Velar R-Dynamic tester. The extra-sporty Velar R-Dynamic is strikingly handsome and concept car pretty, with a rakish station wagon–esque look outside and a beautifully finished cabin inside.

With the Velar’s neck-snapping looks bound to bring buyers into the Range Rover section of the showroom, Land Rover was content to borrow three (quite good) powertrains from the Jaguar F-Pace—a 180-hp turbodiesel I-4, a 380-hp supercharged V-6, and the base engine found in our Velar P250 tester, a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that produces 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of toque. Like the F-Pace, all Velars get an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

Despite the Velar P250 R-Dynamic SE’s sporty looks, its performance at our test track was far more modest. Our four-cylinder Velar accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and went through the quarter mile in 16.0 seconds at 85.7 mph. That’s substantially slower than our comparably equipped Velar P380 R-Dynamic SE long-termer, which needs 5.7 seconds to hit 60 mph and runs the quarter mile in 14.2 seconds at 97.7 mph.

Comparing our turbo-four Velar P250’s acceleration figures to its V-6-powered stablemate is admittedly unfair. But compared to other four-cylinder-powered luxury crossovers—like our 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic long-termer or a 2018 Volvo XC60 T5 we tested recently—the Velar P250 is still a bit poky compared to those admittedly shorter and lighter-weight models. The Mercedes hits 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and runs the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 89.6 mph; the Volvo is faster still, hitting 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and completing the quarter mile in 14.7 seconds at 91.5 mph. The Velar P250’s unhurried performance continued in our figure-eight test, where it lapped our course in 26.9 seconds at an average 0.65 g, trailing both its German and Swedish rivals. Still, it doesn’t feel so slow out on the road.

The Velar is unquestionably the most carlike vehicle Land Rover makes. From behind the wheel it just feels like a big, tall station wagon. The Velar’s ride and handling team deserve the lion’s share of the credit here. The ride is firm, sporty even, but not in any way punishing. It dispatches even the most brutal impacts fairly quickly and without tossing your head around or sending things in the cabin flying—kind of surprising considering the 20-inch wheels on our tester. Steering is nicely balanced in the default Comfort setting, too. It’s well weighted and reasonably accurate at the same time. Dynamic mode ups feel, making it more direct, sharp, and, yes, sporty. It’s good for cutting up a good back road (and quite fun doing that, too), but Comfort should leave most drivers more than satisfied.

Despite the Velar’s four-cylinder engine holding it back in track tests, it’s actually a pretty nice little motor. It makes its power down low in its rev band, and the Velar’s smart-shifting eight-speed auto helps make the most of it. Although it isn’t fast, the Velar feels quick enough around town and for most freeway driving. Most remarkable is how smooth the four-pot is—even working at wide-open throttle, the engine doesn’t transmit any vibration or harshness into the cabin.

For all its shortcomings at the test track, the place the Velar needs the most work is inside the cabin. Like many high-fashion items, the Velar’s cabin is high on style but low on functionality. First the good: The Velar’s interior is downright gorgeous. From the Union Jack­–cut leather seats to the beautiful dashboard design, this middleweight Range Rover is just as stunning to sit in as it is to look at. Material quality is on point—as it should be considering its $61,095 starting price and $76,435 as-tested price—and the seats both fore and aft are comfortable and spacious.

That’s all well and good, but the Velar’s infotainment suite leaves a lot to be desired. The Velar, like the latest Range Rover Sport and Range Rover, features a high-resolution dual-screen infotainment suite. The setup looks nice, but it’s difficult to use, at best. The top screen handles everything from navigation and off-road info to media and phone duties, and the bottom screen is responsible for climate control, seat massage, drive mode, and phone and media functions. Although there are some effective touchscreen infotainment systems out there—Volvo’s Sensus system and Tesla’s infotainment suite spring to mind—Range Rover’s system is slow to respond, unintuitively laid out, and difficult to use while driving. For example, to change the satellite radio station, you have to take your eyes off the road and tap a small, square button on the top screen to manually cycle through stations. You’d better hope you don’t have to jump more than three or four stations, because by that point the system starts to lag behind your inputs. The system frequently makes what should be a one- or two-keystroke task into a multistep operation. It all goes back to four letters: KISS. It’s possible to work around a lot of poorly engineered infotainment systems by simply plugging in your iPhone or Android device and using either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but unfortunately, neither of those alternatives is currently available on the Velar—or any Land Rover vehicle, for that matter.

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar P250 ultimately delivers the fashion-forward experience its presence promises. It’s beautiful to behold inside and out and has exceptional material quality. It, like many fashion-forward items, lacks a bit of functionality—in this case, sacrificing some performance and infotainment user-friendliness—but the Velar’s unmistakable style largely makes it all worth it.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P250 SE R-Dynamic BASE PRICE $61,095 PRICE AS TESTED $76,435 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 2.0L/247-hp/269-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,391 lb (50/50%) WHEELBASE 113.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 189.1 x 76.0 x 65.6 in 0-60 MPH 7.7 sec QUARTER MILE 16.0 sec @ 85.7 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 117 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.84 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.9 sec @ 0.65 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 18.0/28.0/21.4 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 21/27/23 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 160/125 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.83 lb/mile

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Luftgekühlt: The R Type of Cars and Shows – The Lohdown

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:00

As we sat in his office, working through the blurbs for this month’s cover, creative director Alan Muir took stock of my enthusiasm and noted with raised eyebrow and clipped Highland brogue, “I know why you’re so excited about this cover. Takes you back, doesn’t it?”

Indeed it does. Before I joined the Motor Trend team in 2007, I was editor-in-chief of Sport Compact Car. In its heyday, SCC was the magazine of record for the serious business of high-performance compact cars. It is with great pleasure that we can bring some of that back in Christian Seabaugh’s fantastic cover story on “R Type” of freakishly fun four-cylinder compacts. During peak SCC, when the scene was ablaze with Neon SRT-4s, Mitsubishi Evo MRs, and all the aftermarket go-fast bits that went with them, I doubt anyone could have imagined that only about a decade later, 150+ hp/liter and “drift mode” would be available right out of the showroom and with a factory warranty. Times sure have changed.

Or have they? Early in the cycle for the August issue, I did something I haven’t done since those SCC days: I showed a personal car at a car show. And not just any show, but the fifth installment of the celebration of air-cooled Porsches that is Luftgekühlt. Doing so required significant help from my friends, as the quality of vehicles on display at all previous Lufts has been beyond just kühl; stepping out with a subpar 1987 911 Turbo wouldn’t do. So after expert training on a Meguiar’s MT300 Dual Action polisher, a fresh set of Pirelli P Zeros (sized by Magnus Walker and installed at the flagship P Zero World near Beverly Hills), and a period-correct Thule 300 rack (for holding my Walden longboard, naturally), I thought I was ready for Luftgekühlt 5.

I was not. Show organizers Howie Idelson, Patrick Long, and Jeff Zwart take special pride not only in assembling the most astonishing collection of classic Porsches but also in displaying them in the most perfect—and increasingly nontraditional—venues. This year, that location happened to be in our backyard, at the enormous and strikingly appropriate Ganahl Lumber yard in Torrance, California. But don’t take my word for it; here are some from several Motor Trend staffers who spent their Sunday at the sold-out event:

Everything from the placement of the cars to where the light was hitting them—perfect. It was rad to see all the kids at the event with cameras shooting all the cars! Everyone was there solely for one reason: their passion for air-cooled Porsches!—Carol Ngo, social media editor

Still in Luft.. ???? #Luftgekühlt #Luft5 #aircooled #356 #Gmünd #porsche #handhammered

A post shared by Carol Ngo (@carolngo) on Apr 24, 2018 at 2:29pm PDT

The image of the Vic Elford’s 908K, parked on a wood pallet all by its lonesome, just as the sun clipped the top of the lumber gantries, gave new meaning to “golden hour.”—Mark Rechtin, executive editor

They say certain Porsches have a glow to them. #Luftgekuhlt

A post shared by Mark Rechtin (@mark.rechtin) on Apr 22, 2018 at 8:31am PDT

The catwalks in the main building and the ability to see cars through gaps in the lumber was something that really made the show for me visually.—Jade Nelson, photographer

Full Banana #mediumformat #pentax67 #film #filmphotographic #luft5 #luftgekühlt #porsche #porsche911 #carrera #portra160

A post shared by Jade Nelson (@jnphotoworks) on Jun 8, 2018 at 12:00pm PDT

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Schroder European REIT sees NAV rise 4.9%

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 08:59
Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust has announced a 4.9% increase in net asset value (NAV) to €187.1m, according to half-year results up to 31 March.
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Bellway posts bullish update on 10,000 home sales target

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 08:37
Bellway has said it is on track to record annual sales of more than 10,000 homes for the first time in its history, in a bullish trading update issued today.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer flunk passenger-side crash test

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:01
Two of the most popular crossover SUVs for families don't provide nearly the same protection for front-seat passengers as they do for drivers, the IIHS said Tuesday. In its demanding passenger-side small-overlap crash test, the IIHS bestowed "Poor" ratings on the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2018 Ford Explorer. By comparison, the two crossover...
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Rebooted Hummer H1 Aims for Perfection

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 00:00

If you think the original Hummer H1 is or could be a perfect SUV, then keep reading. Mil-Spec Automotive (MSA) rolled out its Launch Edition H1 and if you like what you see, you can have one as long as you have at least $218,499 on hand.

MSA says its custom-built Hummer takes all the greatness of the H1, ditches its weaknesses, and adds plenty of sorely needed luxury bits. It’s available in five configurations: a four-door hardtop pickup, hardtop slant-back, hardtop wagon, hardtop SUV, or a two-door hardtop pickup with an extended bed.

The company starts with a donor H1, strips it to the frame, and rebuilds the truck using its specialized team in Wichita, Kansas.

“We spent two years researching, designing, and developing prototypes in our quest to build the perfect truck and we have achieved our goal with our Launch Edition,” said Adam Mitchell, MSA CEO in a statement.

A 6.6-liter turbocharged Duramax V-8 powers the beast that offers 500 hp and a claimed 1,000 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new body is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and gets an in-house textured body coating with a ceramic underbody. Heavy-duty front and rear bumpers are added along with lots of LED lighting and military-styled alloy wheels. Inside you’ll find marine-grade hand-stitched leather, fancier seats, a premium audio system, and lots of optional luxury appointments over its starting price.

Have fun parking that beast in the big city, soldier.

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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Gets an Update

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 23:06

Mustang fans, rejoice: For 2019, Ford has given the GT350 a host of upgrades across the board targeting aerodynamics, chassis refinements, and a new tire compound.

Ford first introduced the GT350 as a 2016 model, touting it as the “best handling Mustang of all time.” Stiffer chassis bracing, magnetic ride control, and Brembo-sourced brakes underscored the Mustang’s track-focused mission. In its quest to improve the GT350’s performance chops for 2019, Ford focused on refining these key attributes, drawing on experience from its Mustang road course racing programs, as well as the upcoming Shelby GT500.

Improved aerodynamic updates are among the most visible changes, with the GT350 receiving an optimized grille closeout up front and a redesigned rear spoiler out back. That spoiler is also available with an optional “Gurney flap,” a small tab affixed to its top trailing edge, providing greater aerodynamic efficiency and increased downforce at high speeds.

To take full advantage of these higher speeds, Ford worked with Michelin to redesign the tread pattern and compound of the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. With these tires, Ford claims better grip, improved linear and lateral acceleration times, and shorter braking distances, also aided in part by revised antilock braking tuning. Underneath, Ford updated the suspension with recalibrated springs and revised damping to accommodate these higher thresholds.

The heart of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 continues to be a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8 producing 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, paired to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission. In our 2016 review, we recorded a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a figure-eight performance of 24.2 seconds at an average 0.82 g. We’ll report back once we’ve had a chance to see if the updates made for 2019 allow us to improve upon these figures.

When the sound of the V-8 isn’t enough, the GT350 now offers a 12-speaker B&O PLAY system, controlled via Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. New standard features include dual-zone automatic temperature control and Homelink garage door opener.

The 2019 GT350 will be on dealer lots starting in early 2019. New owners will also receive a complimentary enrollment in Ford’s high-performance driving school so they can fully appreciate all of the GT350’s improvements.

Source: Ford

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2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Editions Add Performance, Cosmetic Upgrades

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 21:33

GMC has been applying incremental changes to the Yukon every model year to keep it fresh since its 2015 redesign. For 2019, GMC is adding two Graphite Editions. Buyers can order the special edition treatment on Yukon or Yukon XL models, and with either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Based off the SLT trim, the 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition comes with minor cosmetic changes. These include black roof rails, black chrome grille mesh insert and fog lamp surrounds, gloss black beltline moldings, 22-inch wheels with Carbon Flash Metallic pockets, gloss black-accented assist steps, and a body-color grille surround.

The Graphite Performance Edition ups the ante with the 6.2-liter V-8 engine from the Yukon Denali. That engine, like on the Denali, is paired with a 10-speed automatic. This special edition, also based on the SLT, gets similar upgrades from the Graphite Edition plus 22-inch gloss black wheels, Magnetic Ride Control, Bose Active Noise Cancellation, a head-up display, 8-inch infotainment screen with navigation, trailer brake controller, and an active two-speed transfer case for four-wheel drive models.

The Onyx Black exterior goes particularly well with the black accents, but the Graphite Editions are also available in White Frost Tricoat and Dark Sky Metallic paint jobs. Both Graphite Editions will go on sale this summer, and prices will be announced closer to the launch date. This summer, GMC is also bringing out Black Editions of the 2019 Acadia and Terrain.

Source: GM

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Report: Porsche to Introduce Cayenne Coupe

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:45

Is Porsche ready to launch a competitor to the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe? According to Autocar, a coupe variant of the upcoming 2019 Cayenne could go on sale as early as next year.

Unlike the 911 and Cayman, which are actual coupes, the Porsche Cayenne coupe adopts the loose definition put forth by the other Germans: a four-door SUV with a rakish hatch. Up front and underneath, the coupe would be nearly identical to its Cayenne counterpart, save for a unique front bumper design. But past the rear doors, the roof would taper off in dramatic fashion, adding a touch of sportiness (and reducing cargo space in the process). The Cayenne coupe would complete its transformation out back with a taillight design reminiscent of the Panamera.

Underneath the hood, the Porsche Cayenne coupe would bypass the base 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 in favor of the more powerful 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 440 hp found in the Cayenne S, as well as the requisite Turbo model topping the range with a 550-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. Both engines would be mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If Autocar’s sources are correct, the Cayenne coupe would go on sale in the U.K. in the fourth quarter of 2019. Give the success of the X6 and GLE Coupe stateside, U.S. sales would inevitably follow. We reached out to Porsche for comment and were rewarded with a non-committal “we can’t speculate on future product at this time.” Is that a confirmation or denial? Stay tuned.

Source: Autocar

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Spied! Chevrolet Midsize SUV Peeks Out from Under the Camo

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 17:42

Our spy photographers have caught Chevrolet’s new midsize crossover hot weather testing in southern Europe. Rumored to be named “Blazer,” the model will slot between the small Equinox and the large Traverse.

Although most of the crossover is covered up, we can see its narrow headlights and grille slats popping out from underneath the camo. These elements might not be ready for production, but they give us a better indication on what to expect for the final model. Also notice the model’s flat nose and upright rear end, which align with the rest of Chevy’s crossover lineup.

The new model will likely ride on the Chi crossover platform, which underpins the new GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. Chevrolet may employ a standard 2.5-liter inline-four engine as well as an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine, paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Expect the Chevrolet model to compete against the midsize Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. Chevrolet’s new offering may debut at the Los Angeles auto show late this year or the Detroit auto show in January.

Crossovers continue to drive sales growth for the brand. In the first quarter of the year, when sales were last reported, the Traverse and Equinox were up more than 30 percent, while the Trax grew 11.6 percent. Chevrolet reported declining sales for the Camaro, Corvette, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Sonic, Spark, and Volt.

Photo Source: CarPix

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Kia recall, 2019 Chevrolet Spark, Porsche Taycan: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 15:30
Kia recalls 508,000 vehicles over airbags that may not deploy A faulty control unit that could prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted Kia to recall 508,000 2010 through 2013 model year vehicles, the automaker said last week. 2019 Chevrolet Spark Review Some cars are honest about their intentions. Not the 2019 Chevrolet...
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Shawbrook secures two for commercial property team

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 15:01
Shawbrook Bank’s commercial property team has continued to expand by taking on a further two lending managers.
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Kia recalls 508,000 vehicles over airbags that may not deploy

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 14:33
A faulty control unit that could prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted Kia to recall 508,000 2010 through 2013 model year vehicles, the automaker said last week. Kia said in a government filing that the airbag control unit, which tells the airbag and the seat belt pretensioners when to activate, could be "susceptible...
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Aberdeen Standard secures former US air base for logistics fund

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 13:18
Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income has exchanged on its second deal since IPO with the €33m (£29m) acquisition of a two multi-let logistic buildings at a redeveloped US air base in Germany.
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Poundworld enters administration to put 355 stores at risk of closure

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:57
Discount retailer Poundworld has appointed Deloitte as administrators after talks with potential buyer R Capital collapsed.
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M&G strikes £265m deal over Anglo American headquarters

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:39
M&G Investments has agreed a £265m deal with Anglo American to redevelop the FTSE 100 mining company’s London headquarters.
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MedicX buys primary care portfolio for £64m

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:22
Healthcare investor MedicX has bought a portfolio of 12 primary care medical centres for £63.8m.
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Polestar 1 Prototype to Debut at 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:00

The Polestar 1 will debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed next month. Volvo’s spin-off electric performance marque will send camouflaged electric hybrid prototype #004 to tackle the legendary hill climb in West Sussex, England.

The plug-in hybrid grand tourer packs a four-cylinder engine powering the front wheels and a double electric rear axle drive system for the rear wheels. It is capable of producing 600 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it offers an all-electric range of approximately 93 miles.

Joakim Rydholm, Polestar’s chief test driver, will drive the two-door performance hybrid.

“I am really excited to drive the Polestar 1 prototype up the hill at Goodwood,” said Rydholm in a statement. “Driving the hill climb has been a long-time ambition for me, and to be able to do it in the same prototype in which we’ve spent so many months of development time, is truly special.”

Aside from the camouflaged prototype, Polestar states that two production-spec Polestar 1 cars, which start at $155,000 a pop, will be on display.

“The response to the Polestar 1 from the U.K. and northern Europe has been fantastic and we see this event [Goodwood] as a vital part of our continued ‘global handshake’ with enthusiasts and our customers around the world,” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath in a release. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet so many people who share our passion for Polestar and the future of the brand.”

 

The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be held from July 12-15. Polestar 1 will make its U.S. debut in California during Monterey Car Week in August.

Source: Polestar

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Lendlease JV buys out Silvertown development

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 09:50
Lendlease and Starwood have formed a joint venture to buy out The Silvertown Partnership (TSP) from the First Base and Chelsfield Properties consortium to develop the £3.5bn Silvertown Quays, the 50-acre brownfield site in Royal Docks, East London.
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Lendlease JV buys out £1.2bn Silvertown development

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 09:50
Lendlease and Starwood have formed a joint venture to buy out The Silvertown Partnership (TSP) from the First Base and Chelsfield Properties consortium to develop the £1.2bn Silvertown Quays, the 50-acre brownfield site in Royal Docks, East London.
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