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The coronavirus global pandemic has dramatically affected people and communities and for business has created challenges unlike any experienced before. In spite of these challenges, our Peel L&P people embraced change and digital innovation, adopting new ways to communicate and collaborate. They did this with a sense of pride and determination to reach our goals, whilst supporting each other with a sympathetic view on balancing work / life pressures.


The financial year began with everyone in lockdown. Our
leadership team responded immediately, working together to rationalise and refocus in the face of an uncertain future.


Our immediate priorities were to ensure that our people, our customers and our partners were supported, and that our business could continue to operate as effectively as possible whilst adopting government-led Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Supporting our communities in times of need

During the pandemic, Peel L&P responded to the crisis
through the provision of land, property, services and support.

In 2020, in partnership with the charity Embassy and the Manchester business community, we progressed plans for up to 40 modular homes in the St George's Island area of Manchester, to create a new community for the homeless. Plans were approved in July 2021.

Working alongside our Peel Group parent company, we liaised with Public Health England to explore the possible use of our properties as Covid-19 testing sites and NHS Nightingale hospitals.

We supported the NHS through our digital advertising hoardings and social media platforms, which were made available for the promotion of NHS messages. Free parking spaces were provided for NHS key workers at our retail parks.

 

All our businesses and colleagues reviewed ways to offer support to the government, NHS, volunteer groups and local communities. Many volunteered their time to support the distribution of medical supplies and PPE.

At MediaCity we supported Salford Foodbank with the provision of food for 100 families each week, and provided rent-free space to accommodate the work of the volunteers.

Financial Year 2020/21 in numbers

5,000

hours of training delivered
through our construction
activities

910 homes

built and ready for sale
and rent with a further
1137 homes facilitated
for construction via our
development partners
 

£234 million

invested in properties,
joint ventures and associates

90 hours

of volunteer work by Peel
L&P and partners on
community projects

8.7 million

kilowatt hours of energy
saved by making our ISO
50001 certified buildings
even more energy efficient

3

placements in The Sunday
Times ‘Best Companies To
Work For’ employer lists

6.5 million

kilowatt hours of renewable
electricity generated;
enough to power 1,836 UK
homes for a year

20

apprenticeships and work
placements enabled
through our construction
activities

Leading a business in a pandemic

“2020 saw our people deal with a different set of pressures, from balancing work commitments with the demands of family life, or dealing with feelings of isolation from homeworking. But I knew that if we worked together, in a supportive and empathetic way, we would get through this.”

Steven Underwood, CEO of Peel L&P and The Peel Group, reflects on an unprecedented year.

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Realising Possibility

At Peel L&P, we devote our energy to accomplishing great things; not for their own sake, or ours, but for those who come after. Today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

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Supporting our people

The pandemic brought with it a ‘new normal’ of home working, virtual collaboration, social distancing and less time with family and friends doing the things we love. From Wellbeing emails, mental health first-aiders, virtual yoga and DJ sessions, to ‘Next Gen’ programmes for our early career professionals and ‘Best Companies’ accreditations, find out how Peel L&P stepped up to support its people in challenging times.

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Creating better places for people & the environment

Our environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda

From social value frameworks, net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain targets, to ISO 50001 certification and climate risk assessments of our buildings, stakeholder interest in our work around ESG has never been greater.

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Digital innovation

Businesses right across the UK had to adapt their IT business strategy to cope with an almost overnight shift to home working and video conferencing as a result of the pandemic.

Find out how Peel L&P responded to the challenge to keep our people connected, fast tracking plans to move to a cloudbased platform.

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Giving something back

The charitable purpose of Peel L&P is to support and give back to the communities in which we operate. RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, the Embassy Village homeless project in Manchester and Bolton Lads & Girls Club are just three of the projects we’ve backed in 2020.

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Financial Year 2020/21 operational review

Our specialist teams have a proven track record in delivering high-quality, legacy projects across land, property, water and airspace. This includes airports, hotels, waterways, media hubs, event spaces, leisure facilities, retail, workspaces, residential development, industrial & logistical space, public realm, historic gardens and the renewable energy sector.

2020/21 Financial Year Review

A summary of our financial performance from April 2020 to March 2021.

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