McKay Securities

Company Timeline

Since flotation in 1959, the Company has established a long track record of developing and refurbishing high quality, contemporary and innovative industrial and office properties in central London and the South East of England.

A significant proportion of the portfolio has either been developed or refurbished by the Company, using some of the most well-known architects of their time to create properties attractive to occupiers.


  1. McKay Trading Estate, Bicester

    Sold in March 2016, this Bicester property comprised of seven individually let warehouse units developed by the Group in 1980.

    65,540 sq ft

    Bartley House, Hook

    Sold in March 2016, Bartley House, Hook is a two storey office building totalling purchased and refurbished by the Group in 1998 and subsequently let to two tenants.

    21,700 sq ft

  2. 202 and 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NH

    Sold in December 2015. 203 is a 21,558 sq ft office building located opposite Southwark Tube Station. The property was refurbished by the Group in 2012. 202 is a self contained office building of 2,000 sq ft adjacent 203.

    21,500 sq ft and 2,000 sq ft

    Brunel Road, Theale

    Acquired in April 2015. Distribution facility located at Junction 12 of the M4 motorway, adjacent to the Arlington Business Park at Theale, Berkshire. This recognised distribution location is on the edge of Reading and 45 miles west of central London.

    96,850 sq ft

  3. The Planets, Crown Square, Woking

    Acquired in August 2014. Mixed use development comprising conference centre, bingo hall, hotel and nightclub on a prime 1.04 acre site in the heart of Woking town centre and adjacent to 1 Crown Square which is also owned by the Company.

    98,255 sq ft

    Station Plaza, Theale

    Acquired in August 2014. Station Plaza provides three modern office buildings with 170 car spaces, located at J12 of the M4 motorway, on the southern side of Reading. Theale railway station, providing a regular service to London Paddington and the west, is adjacent to the property.

    41,420 sq ft

    Gainsborough House, 59-60 Thames Street, Windsor

    Acquired in 2014. A modern five storey office building with 19 secure car spaces in an attractive town centre location, close to Windsor and Eton Riverside station and the footbridge over the River Thames linking Windsor to Eton.

    18,660 sq ft

    9 Greyfriars Road, Reading

    Acquired in 2014. Located in the centre of Reading, this office building has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment to deliver top quality Grade A space achieving a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
    Completed in July 2016.

    39,600 sq ft
    Architect: Barton Willmore

    The Mille, 1000 Great West Road, Brentford

    Acquired in May 2014. Landmark multi-let office building of 96,650 sq ft, prominently situated next to an elevated section of the M4 motorway. Ownership includes a digital stand alone advertising tower.

    96,700 sq ft

    Ashcombe House, Leatherhead

    Acquired in March 2014. Multi – let office building situated in Leatherhead town centre.

    17,450 sq ft

    1 Crown Square, Woking

    Acquired in January 2014. Multi-let office building, with ground floor retail situated in a prominent position in the heart of Woking town centre. Located adjacent to The Planets also owned by the Company.

    50,735 sq ft

  4. Columbia House, Farnborough

    Acquired in 2013, Columbia House is a modern distribution warehouse with ancillary offices, with a self contained yard and eaves height of 9 metres. Built in 2000, the property is located on the established Southwood Business Park.

    40,755 sq ft

    Pinehurst Park, Farnborough

    Having achieved planning permission for the conversion of the The Convent building into 13 separate flats, a successful disposal of The Convent was achieved in 2013. The neighbouring Pinehurst building (fully let to IBM) is retained by the Company.

    50,200 sq ft

    Prospero, Redhill

    Acquired in 2013. A town centre development site on London Road with planning approval for 48,050 sq ft of high quality office space and 14 residential units. The residential site was sold to Riverdale in August 2014. Construction works completed in late 2016, delivering a BREEAM Excellent rating.

    50,370 sq ft
    Architect: Fibonacci

    Bothwell Street, Glasgow

    Having completed a new reversionary lease to the Student Loans Group in 2012, the building was sold in 2013.

  5. 66 Wilson Street, London

    Acquired in 2012, the building occupies a prominent corner location in the heart of the rapidly improving area known as Tech City. A comprehensive refurbishment completed June 2014.

    11,890 sq ft
    Architect: Formation

    Pinehurst Park, Farnborough

    Accquired in 2012. 2.8 acres acquired in the town centre with secure income to IBM.

    50,200 sq ft

  6. 329 Bracknell, Bracknell

    Multi let office building acquired in 2011, with excellent car parking and good motorway access. Phased refurbishment now completed.

    32,955 sq ft
    Architect: Spratley

  7. One Fleet, Ancells Park, Fleet

    Acquired in 2008 and comprehensively refurbished in 2010, offering high quality accommodation and generous car parking on an established business park.

    34,580 sq ft

  8. Switchback Office Park, Maidenhead

    Switchback Office Park comprises 6 self-contained office units that were acquired in 2007. The complex is located in a fully landscaped setting, on the northern side of Maidenhead town centre. A rolling refurbishment programme has now been completed.

    37,155 sq ft
    Architect: Spratley

    Lower Cherwell Street Industrial Estate, Banbury

    Lower Cherwell Street Industrial Estate is a 19 unit scheme acquired in 2007. It is located between the town centre and mainline railway station. The estate forms part of an area promoted for regeneration by the Local Authority.

    40,060 sq ft

    Lotus Park, Staines Upon Thames

    Office scheme acquired in 2005. Buildings One and Two comprehensively refurbished and extended in 2007, achieving improved rents on re-letting. Sold in 2009.

    79,000 sq ft
    Architect: Broadway Malyan

  9. Corinthian House, Croydon

    Acquired in 2006. Well located close to East Croydon station overlooking the Ruskin Square regeneration site with medium term redevelopment prospects.

    44,590 sq ft

    Dacre House, SW1

    1970's office and retail property acquired in 1996. Comprehensive refurbishment in 2006 achieved additional floor area and improved rental values. Sold in 2008.

    14,000 sq ft
    Architect: ESA

  10. 1 Old Queen Street, SW1

    Two adjoining properties acquired in 2001. In 2005 a complex partial demolition and refurbishment achieved a 25% increase in floor area and a high quality product, which was sold in 2009.

    22,000 sq ft
    Architect: Halpern

    Wimbledon Gate, SW19

    Site assembled and held from 1979. Development completed 2005, providing high quality headquarters offices and retail in central Wimbledon.

    58,690 sq ft
    Architect: Louis de Soisson

  11. Pegasus Place, Crawley

    Site acquired in 2001 and redeveloped in 2001/2002 to provide striking column-free offices in 3 buildings.

    50,790 sq ft
    Architect: ESA

  12. One Castle Lane, SW1

    Acquired in 2000 and refurbished subsequently on a rolling basis in an improving area.

    14,250 sq ft

    Portsoken House, EC3

    Prominent 1930's building acquired in 2000. Rolling refurbishment continues to improve the quality and rental value of both office and ground floor retail space.

    49,570 sq ft

    Great Brighams Mead, Reading

    Site assembly, dating back to 1980, culminating in the development of office headquarters in 2000 and the sale of adjoining land for residential development.

    84,840 sq ft
    Architect: Broadway Malayn

  13. Bartley House, Hook

    Bartley House, Hook is a two storey office building totalling 21,700 sq ft, purchased and refurbished by the Group in 1998 and subsequently let to two tenants. Bartley House was sold in March 2016.

    21,700 sq ft

    23 Buckingham Gate, SW1

    Acquired in 1995 and sold in 2001 after increasing the floor area and rental value with a comprehensive refurbishment.

    15,000 sq ft

  14. Mallard Court, Staines Upon Thames

    Following piecemeal site assembly from 1980 onwards, the property was developed in 1989/1990 and continues to offer high quality accommodation in central Staines.

    21,860 sq ft

  15. Newminster House, Bristol

    Having been developed by the Group in the 1960's and refurbished in 2003/2004, the building was sold in 2005.

    30,000 sq ft

  16. Bothwell Street, Glasgow

    Prime City Centre Office Development by the Company and let at the time on long leases. In 2012 a new reversionary lease until 2023 was completed on the whole building with the Student Loans Group. Sold in 2013.

    100,000 sq ft
    Architect: Newman Levison

  17. Chancery House, Sutton

    Built by the Group in joint venture with Scottish Widows. The head lease interest was acquired from Scottish Widows in 2004, and the property sold in 2006.

    55,000 sq ft
    Architect: Fitzroy Robinson

  18. Greyfriars Road, Reading

    Office redevelopment in central Reading, occupied in part as the Group headquarters.

    33,345 sq ft
    Architect: Terry Farrell

  19. McKay Trading Estate, Bicester

    This Bicester property comprised of seven individually let warehouse units developed by the Group in 1980. The estate was was sold in March 2016.

    65,540 sq ft

  20. McKay Trading Development, Poyle

    High quality industrial estate with generous yard and parking close to Heathrow Airport.

    73,955 sq ft
    Architect: John Outram

  21. Runnymede Works, Egham

    High quality warehouse development on a former timber yard adjoining the River Thames.

    90,890 sq ft
    Architect: Nicholas Grimshaw

  22. Chobham

    High quality warehouse developed on a former brickworks site within the Greenbelt. Residential planning consent was secured in 2005 and part of the site sold in 2006.

    50,000 sq ft

  23. 3 & 5 Acre Estates, Folkestone

    Two individual estates developed by the Group on the popular Park Farm estate.

    104,835 sq ft

  24. Knightsbridge, SW1

    Acquired in 1962. Refurbished apartments disposed of on long leases. Freehold sold 2002.

    82 apartments

  25. Stock Exchange Listing

    McKay Securities PLC

  26. McKay Securites PLC Formation

    14th October 1946

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