Good year for Glasgow

A recent office market report on Glasgow by Knight Frank highlighted an excellent year for office lettings in the city. Office take-up for the year reached 700,000 sq ft, which was 30% above the ten-year average (see below).

 

Glasgow Office Take Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

The largest deal was Scottish Power’s 220,000 sq ft pre-let St Vincent Street HQ, but there were also significant lettings to Brodies Solicitors taking 25,000 sq ft, Atos (37,000 sq ft), Ashurst Solictors (25,000 sq ft), JP Morgan (21,000 sq ft), SAS Software (20,000 sq ft), KPMG (15,000 sq ft), Speirs & Jeffrey (15,000 sq ft) and Skyscanner (11,000 sq ft).

The Metropolis database reveals just over 30 outstanding office requirements in Glasgow, including Teleperformance and Ministry of Justice looking for 30,000 sq ft each and Aquira looking for 20,000 sq ft each. The thirty firms are currently searching for a total of over 300,000 sq ft of office space in the city, although this includes a lot of sub-5,000 sq ft searches. There are another 35 firms due to make decisions ahead of lease expiries in 2014 and 2015.

Total availability of office space in Glasgow, both second-hand and newly constructed or refurbished, has fallen 400,000 sq ft, but only two new buildings fully available for letting.

Three Glasgow office schemes are under construction: Abstract Securities’ 170,000 sq ft St Vincent Plaza; Bam Properties’ 163,000 sq ft 110 Queen Street and M&G Real Estate’s 140,000 sq ft 1 West Regent Street. Agents expect over 450,000 sq ft of new office space to be completed in 2015 and a number of existing Glasgow occupiers are expected to negotiate pre-lets.

The outlook is that a number of high profile office letting deals are likely to be signed over the next 12-18 months as the new office space comes online. There are also additional sites in the pipeline awaiting pre-let interest. Glasgow is also likely to feel some gain to its profile from the 2014 Commonwealth Games which could help inward investment.

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