Central London Office Lettings March 2015

Central London office lettings rose in March 2015 to just over 1.25m sq ft sq ft of transactions in 75 deals during the month.

The month was characterised by a return of the large deals, with the 260,000 sq ft pre-let to Deloitte at New Street Square, EC4, the 61,000 sq ft letting to Investec at 30 Gresham Street, EC2 and the 52,000 sq ft letting to Deutsche Bank at the Willis Building, EC3. Other large lettings included deals to Tag Worldwide, Instant Offices and Expedia.

Professional services and financial sectors topped the table of lettings by sector, helped by the Deloitte and Investec deals, followed by computer/IT and business services. The financial sector has the largest share of the 3m sq ft of space currently under offer which is likely to convert into deals in the months ahead. There has also been a noticeable surge in new requirements being launched in the London market.

By area, the City accounted for over half the deals (43) and 51pc of the floorspace let in the month, while Docklands saw nearly 100,000 sq ft let in just three deals to financial companies.

The volume of grade A (newly built or refurbished office space) let during the month increased to over 460,000 sq ft as transactions for newly developed or refurbished space rose again.

Metropolis is preparing a spring 2015 report on office space just completed and under construction in London based on its extensive database of planned office schemes.

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