Cambridge office rents continue strong rise

By Paul Norman - Monday, January 08, 2018 13:51

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Cambridge’s office and laboratory rents continued growing strongly in the second half of 2017, according to Bidwells, with the trend likely to continue until at least 2022.

Rents in Cambridge continued rising in the second half of 2017 with open plan laboratory rents reaching £34 per sq ft - growth of 17.2% since 2014.

Prime office rents grew by 2.7% - hitting £38 sq ft by the end of December 2017 - and are expected to break £41 per sq ft by 2022.

The figures follow the UK Powerhouse Study, released by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) last week, that showed Cambridge had the fastest-growing city economy in the UK in the last three months of 2017 with growth of 2.2%. CEBR also predicted Cambridge’s year-on-year growth rate would be 2.19% in 2018, the best of any major location.

Will Heigham, partner and Head of Office Agency at Bidwells, said: “Our New Year figures and those released by CEBR last week clearly demonstrate Cambridge’s continued economic resilience and significance within the UK economy.

“Demand for high-grade office and laboratory space in Cambridge is still high, at more than 1.3m sq ft for Cambridgeshire, and by the time schemes due to complete in 2019 are on-line we expect rents to be at record levels.

“We’ve just completed the first letting at CB1’s 50/60 Station Road (pictured) and the landlord has also reserved two other floors for a co-working operator, two further signs of Cambridge’s enduring appeal.”

Other key figures revealed in the data:

• Take up of Grade A space has accounted for 55% of activity since 2013

• New schemes due to complete in 2019 will deliver 350,000 sq ft of office space of which over 35% is under offer or let

• The combined availability rate in office and laboratories market at end 2017 was 9.4%

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