Telereal Trillium

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Telereal Trillum
Private company
HeadquartersLondon, England
Key people
Graham Edwards (Chief Executive)[1]
ProductsProperty Management, Property Investment
Number of employees
420 (2014)
ParentB Pears Trust

Telereal Trillium Ltd is a commercial property management and investment company, headquartered in central London. The ordinary shares are held by the B Pears Trust and William Pears Group EBT, the preference shares are held by The William Pears Group and the William Pears Group EBT.[2] Telereal Trillium had a £3.2 billion contract to manage buildings such as job centres for the Department for Work and Pensions. It also managed property used by the DVLA.

While the company paid full UK corporation tax last year, it funnelled £163 million of its post-tax profits in the form of share dividends into a parent company based in the British Virgin Islands where there is a zero rate of income and corporation tax. Since 2010, the Trillium group has given £673 million in share payments to its offshore owner.

2012’s financial accounts reveal that the company has links to a secretive arrangement of shell companies, the very structure that David Cameron has described as ‘shadowy’ and has vowed to eradicate.


Trillium was formed in 1997,[3] to acquire the 1,500,000 square metres (16,000,000 sq ft) property portfolio of the Department for Work and Pensions, which it did in 1998.[4] Acquired by Land Securities in 2000, the company was renamed Land Securities Trillium.[3]

In 2000, the 50/50 joint-venture company Telereal was established with William Pears Ltd, to acquire the property portfolio of British Telecom for £2.1Bn.[5] Trillium itself bought the property portfolio of the BBC in the same year.[3] In 2002, Telereal began managing the property portfolios of O2 and Airwave. In 2004 Trillum signed property management agreements with Norwich Union and Barclays Bank. After William Pears bought the remaining 50% interest in Telereal in 2005, Trillium completed the purchase of the property portfolio of the DVLA under a 20-year deal.[3]

In 2008, Trillium signed deals to manage the property portfolios of the Royal Mail and Birmingham City Council. It then bought the project management division of AMEC, and then bought the office and branch properties of the Royal Bank of Scotland in partnership with the Prudential plc Investment Management.[3]


In 2009, after selling Aviva's Norwich headquarters for £134m, Land Securities sold Trillium (excluding the Accor Hotels portfolio), to Telereal for £750M, to form Telereal Trillium.[3][6][7][8] The group then sold its 10% stake in the £1.3bn Trillium Investment Partners fund, which invested in public-private partnerships covering at that point 108 assets including University College Hospital, London, to existing investors in the fund, which then renamed itself Semperian.[1]

In January 2010, the company placed the majority of the RBoS assets it owned up for sale, for a sum of £475M.[9] In November 2010, the UK Government revealed that Telereal Trillium was one of the top private companies in receipt of government spending, with a total annual expenditure of £284m on property services.[10] The company was the biggest cost outlay supplier to the Department for Work and Pensions.[11]


  1. ^ a b Jennifer Rigby (5 January 2010). "Merged giant sells stake in PFI and PPP fund to focus on property". Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  2. ^ "About Us - Shareholder""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-04-13. Telereal Trillium. Retrieved 2012-04-13
  3. ^ a b c d e f "About Us - History". Telereal Trillium Ltd. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  4. ^ Nick Johnstone (20 October 2010). "My Spending Review: Ian Ellis, Telereal Trillium". Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  5. ^ "BT hires demerger specialist". BBC News. 13 June 2001. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  6. ^ "Land Securities sells Trillium to Telereal for £750m". The Telegraph. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  7. ^ Nick Goodway (8 January 2009). "Telereal snaps up Land's Trillium for 'bargain' £750m swoop". Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  8. ^ "Trillium Sale". Land Securities. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  9. ^ Jennifer Rigby (5 January 2010). "Telereal Trillium to sell £475m RBS portfolio". Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  10. ^ "On the government payroll". BBC News. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  11. ^ "List of top 100 suppliers to DWP". Kable. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-03.

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