The Central London office sector will continue its strong growth over the
next two years, driven by a severe imbalance between supply and
demand of grade A space.
Demand will increase as more companies reach the end of their leases or face lease
breaks – although landlords will be keen to keep their occupiers in situ. Certain business sectors such as technology, media, telecoms and renewable energy are likely to expand over the period.
For these reasons, the investment and development market will remain white hot, particularly in the West End where investment opportunities often attract multiple bidders.
Office expert Paul Smith of Bray Fox Smith says: “There is a backcloth of a severe lack of supply
which will dictate market forces over the next two years. Although there is a natural caution in the market among occupiers the availability of new office space will not meet demand. We expect to see new record headline rental levels in the Central London market over the next 24 months.”