Central London take ups surge on the back of a number of large deals, CBRE finds

Tracey Boles
General Election - Economy
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Central London office take-up in November 2016 rose to 1m sq ft, representing a monthly increase of 118 per cent and bringing take-up in line with the 10-year monthly average, according to the latest figures from real estate consultants CBRE.

Take-up in November 2016 was boosted by a number of large deals. A total of six deals of more than 50,000 sq ft were transacted during the month, more than any other month so far this year. The largest deal of the month saw Fidelity acquire 105,800 sq ft at 4 Cannon Street, EC4.

Chris Vydra, head of City office leasing at CBRE said: ‎"Renewed leasing activity in the Autumn was buoyed by sentiment that the London economy is robust in the wake of the referendum, translating into more space being taken in November. The market was also boosted by mergers in the legal and insurance sectors, creating new space requirements.”

The business services sector represented the largest proportion of take-up in November at 27 per cent followed by the banking and finance sector (16 per cent). Over the last 12 months, the creative industries sector has represented the largest proportion of take-up in Central London, at 26 per cent.

Availability in Central London increased by 4 per cent in November 2016 to stand at 14.2m sq ft representing a year-on-year increase of 29 per cent. Despite the increase, availability remained below the 10-year average of 14.6m sq ft.

Due to the completion of a number of large deals, under offers fell by 12 per cent over the course of the month to stand at 2.9m sq ft. Despite the fall, under offers in Central London remained 4 per cent above the 10-year average of 2.8m sq ft.

The UK Government were under offer on 536,400 sq ft at 10 The South Colonnade in Canary Wharf in a deal which has completed since the end of the month and a confidential media occupier were under offer on 185,600 sq ft at Bracken House, EC4.

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