Norton Rose acted for Merlin Land and Rydon Holdings in the £17m acquisition and pre-letting of a 95,000 square feet retail warehousing development in Reading Town Centre. Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society, which funded the deal, was represented by Cameron Markby Hewitt. Part of the site was acquired from British Rail represented by Rees & Freres and part from the BP Pension Fund represented by Freshfields.