Bristol Bounces Back

A recent report by Lambert Smith Hampton on the Bristol office market report, reveals that in the final quarter of 2016 transaction levels reaching almost double those of the previous quarter. Take-up reached 267,200 sq ft in Q4 2016, compared with 134,400 sq ft in Q3 2016. Strong demand has led to continued pressure on office supply in the city centre.

City centre take-up was boosted by HMRC’s pre-let of 107,000sq ft at Salmon Harvestor’s 3 Glass Wharf, which was the largest Bristol office deal of the year. Total take-up has exceeded the five year average. There were three deals for new office space in Q4 2016: Foot Anstey at 2 Glass Wharf, The West Wing Glass Wharf and JLL at 31 Great George Street.

The second-hand city centre office market has also seen increased levels of take-up with several deals of over 10,000 sq ft, including lettings at South Quay House, Redcliff Quay and the purchase of Victoria House for owner occupation. Companies recently signing for space in Bristol and reported by Metropolis included Regus, Unite and SmithCorp.

The out of town market saw annual take-up of 308,380 sq ft, including the letting of 100 Bristol Business Park to Babcock.. The other key letting of 30,430 sq ft was to Highway England at 930 Aztec West.

Construction of the 95,000 sq ft of Cubex’s Aurora office scheme at Finzels Reach is now well underway, with completion expected by the end of 2017. While the 53,000 sq ft refurbishment at Castleforge’s One Cathedral Square, is due to complete in May 2017.

Metropolis is tracking around 40 office requirements in Bristol and some 50 companies approaching lease events that could result in a relocation in 2017 or 2018.

 

Central London Lettings – December 2016

Central London office lettings in December 2016 recorded over 1.8m sq ft of deals from 73 mid-large size transactions (5,000 sq ft+) during the month.

The December figure represents a rise of 58% from the 1,050,000 sq ft total in November and was the highest monthly total of the year.

December was characterised by 19 office deals over 20,000 sq ft, which included the GPU’s 536,000 sq ft letting of 20 Cabot Square, E14; Financial Times took 182,000 sq ft at Bracken House, EC4 and Barings took 109,000 sq ft at 20 Old Bailey, EC4.

Public services topped the table of lettings by sector, underpinned by the GPU deal, this was followed by financial services with large lettings to Barings, Argus and Marubeni. Media also performed well helped by the letting to the Financial Times. Office deals under offer in central London fell to 2 m sq ft after the stream of completed deals.

By area, the City accounted for 44pc of the office floorspace let in December – a fallback from the 78pc in November, but the 800,000 sq ft of transactions was still a healthy level. The West End saw 300,000 sq ft of take-up. Midtown contributed 165,000 sq ft of lettings, Southbank contributed 60,000, but Docklands saw 550,000 sq ft in four new leases. Current London office demand is calculated to be around 4m sq ft in the City and 3m sq ft in the West End.

The volume of grade A (newly built or refurbished office space) let during the month reached 408,000 sq ft (23% of the total), as transactions for new space kept up a steady pace.

Take-up in central London for 2016 reached 11m sq ft, as predicted by Metropolis and Cityoffices. Some 600+ London searches remain outstanding for 2017. A more in depth report to follow for clients.

Best Year Yet!

Metropolis broke its own lead number record in 2016, with an exceptional 7120 business leads published between 1st January 2016 and the 31st December 2016.

  • There were nearly 4,900 (69%) new stories on planned moves or projects by companies, not previously run in 2015 or before;
  • The new moves and projects reported in 2016 reached a staggering 135m sq ft, if all were added together;
  • This total includes 1,400 newly identified requirements (nearly 30 each week), as researchers uncovered previously unpublished searches for 22.7m sq ft of office space in 2016;
  • Metropolis identified a further newly researched 1500 companies, occupying 35m sq ft, which are approaching property decisions, potential movers, in 2017 and 2018;
  • A further 1,800 newly researched companies confirmed space had been found and a move date set ranging from 5 weeks to two years away;
  • In addition, a further 2,220 companies updated Metropolis that either a potential search had moved to an active one, or an active search had resulted in a property found and move was being planned.

Overall the regions with most reported office movers and projects were:

London – 3200 (45%)
South East – 831 (12%)
North West – 565 (8%)
Yorkshire – 444 (6%)
Scotland – 438 (6%)

Overall the sectors with the most reported office movers and projects were:

Financial – 712 (10%)
Professional (law, consultant, accountant) – 680 (10%)
Media 664 (9%)
Business Services – 569 (8%)
IT-related – 500 (7%)

In terms of timescale, move dates for relocations completed and future were:

2016 moves now completed – 2,500 (35%)
2017 moves planned – 3,287 (46%)
2018 or later moves planned -1,333 (19%)

NB – All statistics refer to business leads run in 2016 and there remains a considerable number of additional projected moves on the database from 2015 and before, where no significant update was possible in 2016.

London Cityoffices – A Scheme A Day

The Cityoffices.net website brought subscribers one of the best years yet for London office scheme leads with over 250 leads published between January and December 2016 – equivalent to one scheme per working day during the year.

More than 36m sq ft of London office space was either applied for, given consent or went under construction during the year and all was reported on Cityoffices.

Some of the more high profile schemes included:

– Canary Wharf at North Quay, E14;
– Axa Reim at 22 Bishopsgate, EC2:
– Wilmar International’s ‘Number One Tower’ at Undershaft, EC3

And at the other end of the scale 25 refurbishments and small office projects under 20,000 sq ft.

Cityoffices brought contact details for hundreds of players involved each scheme. Starting from the investor/landlords to subsequent planning advisers, architects and eventually project managers, structural, services and property consultants.

Cityoffices brought subscribers timescales for each project, details of site visits and photos for many. In addition, Cityoffices brings details of scheme lettings to incoming tenants and details of pre-lets of space in schemes still under construction.

Cityoffices now has an archive of London projects stretching back to 1998 with all data is set out in an easy to use interactive website complete with weekly news, graphs and analytical tools.

Cityoffices also covers regional markets in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

If you would like to know more about becoming a subscriber in 2017 simply email Andy King at andy@metroinfo.co.uk with ‘Cityoffices’ in the subject line.