Britain's Most Admired by sector: Property

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1 British Land Co 59.3
2 Big Yellow Company 55.8
3 Derwent London 53.6
4 Great Portland Estates 52.9
5 Shaftesbury 52.3

British Land rose from fifth last year to top the sector. The real estate investment trust has a property portfolio worth £8.6bn. Following a rights issue and key property sales, it has £1bn to spend, laying the foundations for expansion in Europe. Self-storage provider Big Yellow, a new entry to BMAC, went straight to second in category. It boasts 4.5m sq ft of storage space, at the 'premium' end of the market. London-based Derwent must be one of the only property investment trusts not to have gone to shareholders for a handout lately. Meanwhile, last year's sector winner, Land Securities, slips to sixth place. It hasn't broken ground on a new development since 2006.

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