National Grid Property

Over the past six decades, we have inherited many of now-redundant assets and our role is to responsibly manage and regenerate these former industrial sites. We have the opportunity to return this non-operational land to a beneficial use.

The need to regenerate brownfield sites has never been greater and together with our consultants we share an ambition to become leaders in the sector.

With a diverse portfolio of around 320 former industrial or “brownfield” sites, our aim is to return this land back to beneficial use and make a continued contribution to the regeneration of UK towns and cities.

To achieve this we work with communities, local authorities, regulatory bodies, and the UK’s leading developers.

These sites give us the opportunity to make prime land available for development and could help to deliver around 10,000 new homes in Greater London alone in the next 10 to 20 years.

Managing work safely and in an environmentally responsible way is our priority. We are innovators in the use of sustainable remediation techniques, minimising use of landfill, reducing traffic movements, and shrinking our environmental footprint.

For a more detailed description of our activities please click 'Our purpose'.

We also have a portfolio of land and properties for sale and letting.

Our purpose

Responsibly addressing our environmental liability

As a responsible landowner, we have embarked on a long-term programme of brownfield regeneration.  This enables us to provide our sites with a brighter future by realising their development potential for new uses ranging from residential developments to office and retail space.

Since 2000, we have worked with responsible developers to bring over 1,800 acres of former industrial land back to beneficial use - the equivalent of 2,000 football pitches and a track record of which we are very proud. 

We prioritise our 320-odd sites by environmental condition and development potential based on their geography, size, and local context.

Our team is made up of land regeneration specialists and strategic sales and development managers. This breadth of expertise allows us to identify appropriate and commercially viable uses and develop long-term regeneration strategies, matching the expectations of local communities and commercial stakeholders.

We are committed to being a good neighbour and our dedicated community relations team work with local residents and business and community groups to ensure any disruption is minimised while we are working on-site, and to keep everyone informed.

Regenerating brownfield land and case studies

With a portfolio of around 320 sites, our challenge is to safely and responsibly regenerate brownfield sites in towns and cities across the UK.

As a responsible landowner, we understand the challenges and opportunities that brownfield regeneration presents to the future development of our towns and cities. Since 2000, we have worked with responsible development partners to bring over 1,800 acres of former industrial land back to beneficial use - the equivalent of 2,000 football pitches and a track-record of which we are very proud.

Our ambition is to cement and grow our position as a leader in the remediation and regeneration of brownfield land and embed sustainability in decision making across all operations.

We are committed to safely introducing new remediation techniques and technologies, to minimise our use of landfill and make a positive impact in the communities we work.

On the ground, our land regeneration team work alongside a trusted supply chain of remediation contractors and engineers, health and safety and community relations professionals to deliver best-practice, award-winning remediation projects.

We take our national role in industry and education very seriously and work together with organisations such as CL:AIRE, NICOLE, SuRF-UK, and SAGTA to contribute to new and existing UK and EU guidance, policies and improved industry standards. National Grid's Graduate Development Programme, rated 3rd in The JobCrowd UK Top 50 Graduate Employers to work for in 2012/13, develops the industry leaders of the future.

Case studies

Click the links to download case study documents.

Hempstead Gasworks, Bristol Road, Gloucester

London Power Tunnels – Soil reclamation and reuse

Northwest Cluster Project

Ponders End Gasworks, Enfield

Poplar, Tower Hamlets, London

Working with communities

As a responsible landowner, we work very closely with our teams on the ground ensuring all our activities are carried out with minimum disruption. We are committed to being a good neighbour and through our dedicated community relations team, we strive to generate the goodwill of the communities we operate in.

Our work can sometimes involve the dismantling of buildings and structures, along with the removal of materials associated with the sites former use as a gasworks.

We strive to keep our neighbours, regulators, local authorities and interest groups fully informed, and regularly hold events on site where people can learn more about regeneration in action.

Detailed plans for the regeneration of each individual site are developed with a strong community focus, and we share these through information leaflets, neighbourhood events, and our dedicated community relations helplines.

All our contractors are members of the Considerate Contractors scheme.

Inspiring for the future

We actively seek to engage with schools within the communities where we are working.

Our ‘School Power’ and 'VEX Robotics' events see National Grid employees go into primary and secondary schools with a programme of activities that will stimulate interest in engineering, and how energy, forces, and materials work. We actively support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, helping to address the ‘skills gap’ in this area through education programmes and resources designed to inspire and motivate young minds.

Our track record

To show you how our redundant brownfield land can be brought back to beneficial use, here are some of our previous projects.



We sold the former gas works on Britannia Road, Southampton to Southampton Football Club for their new 36,000 seat stadium.  Construction started in December 1999 and completed in July 2001.


Sydenham, London

In 2011 National Grid entered into a Joint Venture with Kier to develop out the final phase of the former gasworks at Bell Green, Sydenham. The development, comprising a 120,000 sqft retail park was completed in summer 2013 and has been let to tenants, including B&Q, Next at Home and Argos.

Employment and green energy

Old Kent Road, Peckham, London

We sold 13 acres of redundant brownfield land to the London Borough of Southwark for a waste to energy transfer station.

Community, employment, and retail

Islington, London

Redundant land at Pear Tree Street, Islington was sold to Central Street Properties for a mixed-use scheme comprising residential flats, offices, and retail.

Healthy, safety, and environment

Our main priority is keeping people safe, whether that’s our own people, our contractors, or members of the public. Therefore, managing work safely and in an environmentally responsible way is central to everything we do.

We make sure that all our works exceed the latest safety and environmental legislation.

To ensure that our supply chain partners deliver the same high standards we set ourselves they are selected through a rigourous tender process, and we work closely together so that projects are delivered with the highest standard of safety and sustainability.

We have received a number of awards for sustainability and best use of natural resources over the last few years, in partnership with our supply chain. 

Case studies

The following case studies demonstrate our sustainable approach to remediation activity and innovative, collaborative working with our supply chain.

London Power Tunnels - soil reclaim and reuse 

North West Cluster Project

Real estate services

BNP Paribas Real Estate manages all lettings, site inspections, facilities, and maintenance on our behalf. In addition, BNP Paribas Real Estate also manages most of our site sales.

Sites which are ready for development or letting are marketed as part of a rolling sales programme.

If you are interested in buying or leasing a site, or are an existing tenant and would like to speak to us, please contact us.

To find out more, visit the National Grid Property Portfolio portal.