The early days of the general election campaign saw several overdue announcements in support of science and technology research. But places like Cambridge and Oxford played a bit part in the national debate...
Combined office and laboratory take-up exceeded 0.8 million sq ft in 2019, the highest total since the record highs recorded in 2014/15 when AstraZeneca agreed its new global HQ and R&D centre space adjacent to Addenbrookes hospital on Cambridge Science Park.
Bidwells has released its Spring 2020 Cambridgeshire offices and laboratories research, which shows a strong year for the city, with take-up well ahead of ten year average at 0.8m sq ft - the highest total since the record highs recorded in 2014/15.
Bidwells launches its latest Our View on Offices and Labs research. Bidwells estimate 22% of the UK’s science park space is located in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. Take up in the office and laboratory markets continue to exceed historic trend levels, with an increasing proportion of this space absorbed by knowledge intensive businesses.
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.
The latest offices and labs research conducted by Bidwells found rent levels hitting another new high for the city. Prime office rents rose £3.50 psf in the first half of 2019 to a new peak of £45 psf after the city experienced the busiest six months of letting activity since 2016.