Bidwells activity in the wider East Anglia market reached a new high in H1 2019 with over 2m sq ft let or purchased, including Huawei’s new R&D manufacturing facility at Sawston, Cambridge for a new R&D manufacturing company.
Despite London continuing to dominate Europe’s tech investment activity, take up in the London office market fell below trend for the first time in two years, driven by stock shortages. In the West End supply now stands at its lowest level in a decade.
Norwich saw availability fall to 4.5% during H1 2019; its lowest level since 2007. Take-up remains at trend levels but the shortage of new floorspace coming forward is taking its toll on occupier choice in the city, particularly for Grade A space.
The first half of 2019 saw the availability of offices in Milton Keynes fall to its lowest rate since 2017. The pace of take-up over the last 12 months reflects the city’s continued status as the UK’s fastest growing economy driven by further productivity improvements associated with the expansion in high growth business sectors.
New PM Boris Johnson used his first speech outside No 10 to deliver an energetic new narrative around the UK economy. Those listening with an interest in Oxfordshire and science and technology will have sat up a number of times, writes Head of Oxford, Richard Todd.
It appears that there is a bewildering gap between the supply and demand of retirement housing. In Bidwells' latest blog, Mike Derbyshire, Head of Planning, explains why it is time to bring policy agenda for senior living housing, out of retirement.
Oxford and Cambridge’s knowledge economies are both global successes, but their economic growth stories are now at critical junctures. The city’s constrained centres are pushing prime rents up to new highs at a time when their world-leading science and tech occupiers are demanding urban environments and easy access to London.