London Lettings – January 2017

Central London office lettings in January 2017 recorded 567,000 sq ft of deals from 35 mid-large size transactions (5,000 sq ft+) during the month.

The January figure represents a fallback from the exceptional 1.8m sq ft of lettings in December as a more normal level of market activity resumed.

January was characterised by 9 office deals over 20,000 sq ft, which included the McKinsey’s 97,000 sq ft pre-letting of the under construction Post Building in London, WC1; COS Stores (H&M) took a 60,000 sq ft pre-let at the also under construction 1 New Oxford Street, WC1 and Antares Underwriting took 31,500 sq ft at 21 Lime Street, EC3.

Professional services topped the table of lettings by sector, underpinned by the McKinsey deal, this was followed by IT services with large lettings to Nexmo amongst others. Retail also performed well helped by the letting to the H&M. Office deals under offer in central London stayed at 2.1m sq ft after the stream of completed deals.

By area, the City accounted for a modest 34pc of the office floorspace let in January – a fallback even from the 44pc in December. The West End saw 150,000 sq ft of take-up. Midtown contributed 195,000 sq ft of lettings as much as the City. 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 an impressive 306,000 sq ft (54% of the monthly total), as transactions for new space maintained their recent strong showing.

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