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.

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