London Deals Hit New Heights

Central London office lettings in September 2014 reached 1.3m sq ft in 53 medium or large deals, representing a bounce-back after the traditionally slower August deals month.

The yearly total has reached 11m sq ft already and a 15m sq ft total for 2014 is not out of the question. September was characterised by large lettings to Amazon, Parliamentary Standards Authority and Jupiter Asset Management amongst others.

The retail, professional and financial sectors topped the table of lettings by sector. By area, the City accounted for 74pc of the deals, helped by the large Amazon pre-let. Victoria was boosted by a number of large deals.

The volume of grade A (newly built or refurbished office space) let during the month topped 800,000 sq ft and matches the momentum of new space lettings from earlier in the year.

A survey out this week from Knight Frank reveals that demand from companies looking for London offices has reached a 14 year high, with many requirements from non-traditional sectors. To underline this there are now over 750 active London requirements on the Metropolis database and a further 2-3m sq ft of potential requirements in the pipeline.

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