Xu Weiping (right), chairman of ABP, exchanges presents with London Mayor Boris Johnson during theannouncement of setting up ABP's global headquarters in London, UK, Sept 16, 2013. [Photo/IC]
LONDON - Chinese property developer ABP signed an agreement on Friday with an Indiancompany Strawberry Star to cooperate in the development of the 1.7 billion pounds ($2.7billion) project in Royal Albert Dock, east London.
ABP London will receive "tens of millions of pounds" from Strawberry Star "in return forequity", according to the company.
On the same day the Chinese company launched the sales campaign with more than 10enterprises from Britain and Asia signed confirmation agreements and each paid 50,000pounds reservation fee to secure office in the first phase of the 4.7 million square feet (about0.4 million square meters) development which has the ambition to build another businessheart in London.
ABP Chairman Xu Weiping said: "I am delighted to be partnering with Strawberry Star. Chinaand India represent two of the most powerful growing economies in the world and there is asynergy between us."
Chairman of Strawberry Star Group Santhosh Gowda said: "The reason why we are joiningwith ABP is we see great potential opportunities of the development, we believe that thecollaboration will bring mutual benefits to both of the companies. "
Minister Counsellor from the Commercial Section of the Chinese Embassy, Jin Xu, said itfurther shows London is the focal point for business investment from China and the future ofChinese businesses investing in London looks bright.
Minister at British Department of Communities and Local Government, James Wharton MP,said: "More and more investors from both the UK and overseas are signing deals that willcreate jobs and prosperity for areas like the Royal Albert Dock which is great news for localcommunities and great news for the economy."
It was announced by the Mayor of London on May 29 2013 that ABP London would lead thedevelopment of the 35-acre Royal Albert Dock site, to create the capital's next businessdistrict. The construction will begin later this year, the first building will be ready in 2017,according to the company.