2017 – A TENANT'S MARKET

2017 is set to be an uncertain year for the St James’s office market with BREXIT still not determined and Business Rates changing in April. This will be good news for tenants, with increased incentives being offered by Landlords and quoting rents likely to soften as part of a general market shift.
 

BLAME IT ON BREXIT...?

Over the past two quarters, the office sector has certainly seen a slow-down from the strong growth experienced during 2015. The hot topic of discussion within the property sector is whether this slow-down is a result of BREXIT uncertainty or is evidence of a more general slow-down in the commercial property market cycle.
 

RECORD DEALS CONTINUE TO BE SET IN ST JAMES’S

Over the past six months, rents have continued to increase in St James’s with 7,116 sq ft on the 1st floor of 8 St James’s Square letting at £147.50 per sq ft, whilst 4,000 sq ft on the 2nd floor has let at £157.00 per sq ft. At 3 St James’s Square, several small suites have now been let including 1,850 sq ft on the 8th floor at a rent of £160.00 per sq ft.

RECORD RENTAL LEVELS ACHIEVED IN ST JAMES’S

Rental growth over the past six months has been strongest in St James’s, where new record rents have been achieved in excess of £150 per sq ft. However, the transactions reported at 8 St James’s Square are not representative of the market as a whole in St James’s and more realistic rents being achieved for Grade A accommodation range from £95 - £115 per sq ft.

STRONG RENTAL GROWTH DURING 2014

Supply in St James’s during 2014 remained critically low at approximately 2.5% which, coupled with strong demand led to sustained rental growth. Several transactions showed rents for prime Grade A accommodation in excess of £100 per sq ft,with banking and financial occupiers being the most active sector.

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