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City Office Market Watch
City Office Market Watch

29 June 2017, words by Ben Raywood

Take-up slightly up on this point last year, with the Tech & Media sector being the most active

Supply and demand snapshot

■ Take-up for May was 292,764 sq ft, bringing total take-up for 2017 to 2,246,492 sq ft, which is 2% up on this point last year. 84% of transactions to-date have been of a Grade A standard.

■ The 12-month rolling take-up at the end of May was 5.9m sq ft, which is 19% up on the long-term average.



Key May stats

Table 1

Source: Savills Research


City take-up by business sector

Graph 1

Source: Savills Research – data accurate to end of May 2017

■ A notable transaction to complete in May saw Industrial Light & Magic acquire 47,010 sq ft at Lacon House, Theobalds Road, WC1. The Walt Disney owned visual effects company took the space on confidential terms, and join other Tech & Media companies already in the building, Argus and Exterion Media. The Blackstone property is now 82% let.

■ Also in May, Man Group acquired 41,000 sq ft on the 5th floor of 1 Angel Lane, EC4. The investment management company took the space on a lease until 2029 at £62.00/sq ft with 27 months rent free.

■ At the end of May, the Tech & Media sector accounted for the greatest proportion of take-up at 20%. This is followed by the Professional services sector at 17%, and the Insurance & Financial services sector at 14%.

■ The Tech & Media sector have accounted for 517,069 sq ft of take-up to the end of May this year. This is the largest amount of take-up from this sector in the first five months of the year ever.

■ Total City supply stood at 6.7m sq ft at the end of May, equating to a vacancy rate of 5.4%, up on this point last year by 90 bps, however still down on the 10-year average by 130bps. We do expect the vacancy rate to rise to over 6% next month as all schemes scheduled to complete in Q4 will be added to the figures.

■ A total of 524,182 sq ft went under-offer in May, which is nearly double the 12-month average. This brings total space under-offer to 1.3m sq ft, which is 4% up on the long term average.

■ The average Grade A rent for 2017 so far for the city core is £61.90/sq ft, which is only 1% down on last year. Similarly, in the fringe areas the average Grade A rent for 2017 is £59.17/sq ft, which is also only 1% down on last year.


City core & fringe average Grade A rent

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Source: Savills Research - data accurate to end of May 2017

■ Total City & Central London demand is 9.5m sq ft, which is 9% up on the long-term average, and 3% up on the 12-month average.

Analysis close up


Monthly take-up

Table 2


Year-to-date take-up

Table 3



Table 4



Table 5


Development pipeline

Table 6


Demand & under offers

Table 7

Demand figures include central London requirements

Completions due in the next six months are included in the supply figures

*Average prime rents for preceding three months

** Average rent free on leases of 10 years with no breaks for preceding three months

N.B We have amended our historic stock figure, resulting in a slight change of our historic vacancy rates (Aug 2015)


Significant May transactions

Table 8


Significant supply

Table 9


Savills City Office Market Area (updated at the end of each quarter)

City 2017 Q1 stats

Map 1

Source: Savills Research


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