Skyline Report Summer 2017

Metropolis and Cityoffices are about to publish their bi-annual survey of office construction in central London.


  • The survey brings readers all the statistics on the 101 office schemes in central London currently under construction and tenant activity connected to those schemes, right up to date to June 2017.


  • The survey, compiled after many hours of street surveys, telephone research and crosschecking, takes a snapshot of the central London office construction in Q2 2017, recent completions, recent pre-letting activity and looks ahead to future pipeline projects that will shape the next three years.


  • The report looks at the volume of construction underway, lists the major new scheme starts and looks at the proportion of refurbishment space compared to new builds. The report breaks down office construction by London district: City, West End, Midtown etc, as well as major recent building completions.


  • The survey also looks at occupier demand, with recent trends in pre-letting including examples of recent deals and a comparison with each of the last ten years.


  • The report then turns to the future pipeline including the 29 schemes currently at site preparation stage and 200 schemes with planning consent awaiting a start date.


  • Finally, it concludes with some forecasts for London office development based on current trends and makes predictions for London occupier demand over the rest of 2017 based on Metropolis’ detailed London office tenant research.


The report will be available free of charge to Metropolis and Cityoffices subscribers. If you are interested in a subscription contact Andy King at


December 2014 London Take-Up

Central London office lettings in December 2014 reached a strong 1.3m sq ft in 82 medium or large deals, representing a further boost to the monthly average for 2014

December was characterised by larger than average number of deals, including large lettings to Google, NeueHaus and WeWork amongst others.

The computer and IT sector topped the table of lettings by sector, helped by the Google deal. Business services also saw strong performance in December and a feature of central London take-up in 2014 has been the voracious demand from the serviced office sector for space.

By area, the City accounted for half the deals but only 41pc of the floorspace let in the month, while Southbank saw 12 deals totaling 221,000 sq ft including a major deal to ED&F Man.

The volume of grade A (newly built or refurbished office space) let during the month grew to 670,000 sq ft as transactions for newly developed or refurbished space took over half the space let in the month.

Metropolis is preparing a major report on current office demand in London based on its extensive database.

Property consultant CBRE estimates that London office take-up in 2014 has outpaced every yearly total since 2006. It confirms that media and IT sectors took 30% of office demand during the year, just ahead of financial services at 25%. It also confirms Cityoffices research that suggests that Southbank is the fastest growing London office district at the moment in terms of new deals being signed.