GROWTH CONFINED TO THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
The latest UK Commercial Property Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), reports 62% of respondents believe the commercial property market as a whole is in the downturn phase of the property cycle.
Projections for the retail sector remain in negative territory, whilst office rents are expected to see little change over the next three months. In contrast, the industrial sector, particularly in prime locations, continues to return solid rental growth projections for the coming twelve months in all parts of the UK.
NORTH AND MIDLANDS BEST FOR COMMERCIAL LANDLORDS
According to new research by specialist finance company, Together, the North of England is set to become the hotspot of UK commercial property development.
The survey of developers found that almost two-thirds (65%) plan to increase their investment activity in the North substantially over the next two years. The research also found that the best performing sectors in the Midlands and North are likely to be office developments and flats.
Government backed initiatives are seen to be a major factor in increasing confidence. Andrew Charnley, Head of Corporate Relationships at Together said: “The Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine initiative are playing a part in helping to boost both areas, but landlords are very focused on where they see the opportunities with differences in which sectors are seen as offering the best chances for developments“.
INVESTMENT IN CITY OF LONDON COMMERCIAL MARKET INCREASES
Savills has reported transactions totalling 1.24bn over 10 deals in the City in October, which is up 73% on September and the second largest month by volume in 2019.
At the end of October, the year-to-date transactional volume for the City totalled £6.17bn, which compares to £9.77bn at the same point last year and is only 2.3% below the long-term average of £6.31bn.
The largest transaction of the month was the acquisition of 40 Leadenhall Street, EC3 by M&G for a reported £400m, representing a capital value of £444 per sq. ft.
It is reported by Savills that current investors are long-established and appear to have long-term belief in the UK and London, ignoring any current political uncertainty.
CAFES AND RESTAURANTS TOP THE UK COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MARKET
Analysis from Harness Property Intelligence, comparing price growth in the UK’s commercial market, shows that cafes and restaurants have outperformed offices and retail spaces.
The research took place between 2010 and 2017 and looked at key regional cities, including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Cardiff.
The figures show an average uplift in the price per sq. ft. for cafes and restaurants of 8.5% over the seven years, with Birmingham seeing the fastest growth at 15.8% and Cardiff coming in second at 10.8%. Liverpool and Manchester saw rises of 9% and 9.9% respectively and Leeds was the only city recording a small fall of 0.52%.
In contrast, retail space and offices declined in all the analys ed cities, with the exception of Birmingham, where the average value increased by 11.2%.