Trends in the London Tech Market

Colliers International has just published its ‘Tech Market Monitor’ for summer 2016. The report looks at the impact of the Tech and Media sectors in London over the last five years and the current trends in the London market.

The main conclusions include:

  • London companies are becoming increasingly ‘footloose’ and are increasingly not tied to traditional London office districts;
  • Tech and Media are now the ‘key drivers’ of the London office market and the sector has seen 5.2m sq ft of moves in the last five years;
  • Tech and Media occupiers, such as Facebook (227,000 sq ft), Google (180,000 sq ft) and Universal Music (173,000 sq ft) were responsible for 26% of London office space taken in 2015;
  • The fastest growing areas include King’s Cross, Southbank and Midtown fringe (Farringdon, Aldgate, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch), with major relocations including Omnicom, Ogilvy & Mather (Southbank), Google (King’s Cross) and Amazon (Shoreditch);
  • Technological innovation is helping to drive the refurbishment and redevelopment of buildings in fringe London office districts. Apple’s decision to take up to 450,000 sq ft at Battersea Power Station is an illustration;
  • The ‘Tech City’ area in London, EC1 has seen a 90% occupation growth since 2009;
  • Tech and media occupiers are prepared to pay high prices to secure the right space and specifications;
  • Future schemes likely to attract occupiers will include: Shoreditch, specifically Helical’s The Tower, EC1 (171,000 sq ft), GPE’s 148 Old Street, EC1 (162,000 sq ft) and Derwent’s Whitechapel Building, E1 (200,000 sq ft).

Metropolis occupier research backs up these trends. Our research uncovered nearly 400 unique new London Tech and Media occupier requirements for subscribers in the last 12 months totalling 6m sq ft. Most of these companies still have ‘live’ requirements.

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