The London office market produced its best performance since 2000 last year with take-up of office space in central London rising by 16% to 15.9 m sq ft, according to new figures from Knight Frank. This is well ahead of the ten year average figure of 13.0 m sq ft.
Tenant demand for commercial property rose, across all sectors, for the seventh consecutive quarter according to the latest RICS UK Commercial Market Survey, with 40% more surveyors also reporting greater investment interest.
In the occupier market, expectations remain generally buoyant. Across the whole of the UK, a third (33%) more respondents expect commercial rents to increase. Continue reading →
Today, Monday 26th January 2015 sees the launch of controversial new property portal OnTheMarket.com
Founded by; Savills, Knight Frank, Strutt & Parker, Chestertons, Douglas & Gordon and Glentree Estates this new entrant is their attempt to break the duopoly currently held over estate agents by Zoopla & Rightmove. Continue reading →
A new in-depth study into the state of British high streets has revealed how town centres are adapting to meet the changing demands of the nation’s consumers.
Researchers at the University of Southampton have revealed how ‘fundamental’ changes to Britain’s ‘convenience culture’ are transforming the way we shop and bringing new business into town. Continue reading →
Demand for retail premises saw sizable increases right across the UK towards the end of last year as economic recovery began to gather pace.
However, with the reading of the Water Bill (27 January) determining that commercial property in flood risk areas will soon not be entitled to compulsory insurance cover, only time will tell what impact this has on regional recovery. Continue reading →
According to the latest research from Savills, shopping centre investment volumes in 2013 reached £4.58 billion, which is an 70% increase on the £2.7 billion traded in 2012.
The international real estate advisor also notes that this increased weight of capital attracted to the sector resulted in average initial yields in Q4 2013 moving in significantly to 7.6% compared to 8.94% during the same period in 2012. Continue reading →
Retail rents in the world’s most expensive markets are expected to rise further in 2014 due to a shortage of prime available locations and a lack of new development, according to new research from global property advisor CBRE Group.
CBRE’s quarterly ranking of the world’s prime global retail markets saw little change in Q3 2013 with global and hot-growth markets continuing to lead the list. Retailers across all markets continue to target high-end shopping areas and international tourists. Continue reading →