Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LPT) is an $7 billion real estate investment trust which owns 105 million square feet of industrial and office space throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded in 1972 and headquartered outside Philadelphia, Liberty develops, acquires, leases and manages properties with the mission to enhance people's lives through extraordinary environments.
In 1987 a British delegation from Kent County Council went to the U.S. to look at business parks as they planned to develop a 650-acre World War II airfield site. When they visited Great Valley Corporate Center, Philadelphia, the Leader of the Council said, "We must have one of these" and entered into a development agreement which designated Liberty as their development partner.
“We are proud to have selected a development partner with the resources and experience to manage a project the size and complexity of Kings Hill. Liberty has risen to the physical and political challenges and devised creative solutions that fully integrated the commercial, residential, retail and amenity components of the development. We’ve appreciated the sensitive approach Liberty has taken in dealing with both our local constituencies as well as our global prospects and tenants.” Alex King, Cabinet Member, Kent County Council (1997).
Masterplanned to provide an integrated business and residential community supported by a balanced mix of sports, leisure, retail and educational facilities, Kings Hill is a quality sustainable, live/work/play development.
Liberty believes that good development is about placemaking and providing the soft and social infrastructure needed to create a true community. In 2010, Kings Hill was ranked number one example of placemaking in the UK by international real estate consultants CBRE.
Kings Hill ‘biography’ on sale at The Control Tower
In December 2018 Liberty published a book “Kings Hill – a different ballgame” which is a brief biography of the birth of a new place, the story of its first three decades, and a glimpse into its future. It is dedicated to all the people who have had a part in the creation of Kings Hill. Copies are available at The Control Tower, the cost is £10 and all proceeds on sales will go to Royal British Legion Industries, which is raising £14m to create a specialist Centenary Village for veterans and their families.