Central London Office Lettings – October 2016

Central London office lettings in October 2016 recorded over 900,000 sq ft of deals from 26 mid-large size transactions (5,000 sq ft+) during the month.

The October figure represents a rise of 26% from the 720,000 sq ft total in September and a rise in the number of deals over the month. However, much of the October total can be attributed to Apple’s 500,000 sq ft pre-let at Battersea Power Station and remainder of the month was disappointing and would have been the lowest monthly take-up figure since April 2012 .

October was characterised by 9 office deals over 20,000 sq ft, apart from Apple at Battersea; London Borough of Westminster took 57,000 sq ft at 5 Strand, WC2; Deliveroo took 51,000 sq ft at Cannon Bridge House, EC4 and The Economist took 25,000 sq ft at The Adelphi, WC2.

Computer services topped the table of lettings by sector, underpinned by the Apple deal, followed by media sector, boosted by deals to The Economist and Spark44. Public sector also performed well. Office deals under offer in central London edged up to around 3m sq ft and include two large pending deals in the City and one in Southbank. Enquiry levels are up slightly.

By area, the City accounted for only 18pc of the office floorspace let in October. The West End saw 100,000 sq ft of take-up. Midtown contributed 90,000 sq ft of transactions, but Southbank was predominant. Current London office demand is calculated to be around 4.5m sq ft in the City and 3.5m sq ft in the West End.

The volume of grade A (newly built or refurbished office space) let during the month reached 613,000 sq ft (65% of the total), as transactions for new space kept momentum.

New research currently being prepared by Metropolis and Cityoffices for a major report on London office construction, reveals that over 14m sq ft of offices are now underway in central London.

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