The National Employment Savings Trust has handed two real estate investment mandates to Legal & General Investment Management.
It is the first time Nest, a pension scheme established by the Government for automatic enrolment, has invested directly in commercial property.
Nest says the new mandates will represent a “sizeable portion” of the Nest Retirement Date funds, the default investment option for scheme members.
A Nest spokesman says between 15 per cent and 20 per cent of the default funds will be invested in commercial property through the L&G mandates.
The property mandates will also be incorporated in Nest’s Higher Risk and Ethical Investment fund options.
Nest chief investment officer Mark Fawcett says: “Legal & General was chosen because it delivers on our demanding requirements for excellence in investment processes and philosophy, high quality risk management and a comprehensive integration of environmental, social and governance factors.”