As the tech sector and associated businesses rise to the pressures and opportunity presented by the new reality of COVID-19, there was, inevitably, going to be a real world impact of the virtual change. This has been exemplified in the Milton Keynes office market. Read our blog to find out more.
The pandemic inevitably had an immediate impact on the London office market, as requirements were placed on hold. But, having entered the crisis from a robust position, the West End market has the capacity to work through the longer term implications of the ‘new normal’.
The Milton Keynes office market saw take up return to trend levels during H1 despite the pandemic disruption. SME activity has remained strong and those businesses seeking larger floorplates face a challenge with the supply of Grade A space standing at a 15 year low.
Activity continued throughout lockdown in Cambridge and 145,000 sq ft of space was under offer at the end of H1. Robust demand from SMEs in particular is expected to drive an increased pace of take-up in H2.
Bidwells launches its latest Our View on Offices and Labs research, Spring 2020. Take up across the Oxbridge Arc was 1.4m sq ft in 2019, above the 10 year average, bolstered by a particularly strong year of activity in Cambridge (805,000 sq ft).
Take up in the three main Central London markets touched 11.1m sq ft in 2019, slightly above trend levels. Bidwells' latest research reveals that the London office market saw a rebound in activity in 2019, with take-up 9% ahead of the 10 year trend.
Space shortages have driven rental growth, with prime rents at an historic high. Bidwells' latest research reveals that the Norwich office market remains challenged by stock shortages, with availability rate sitting close to a 15 year low.