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New commercial property record set in Q1 2015

There was a new commercial property record set in Q1 this year as £13.6bn was invested in the first three months of this year.

Industrial, Commercial and Retail Investments

There was a new commercial property record set in Q1 this year as £13.6bn was invested in the first three months of this year.

The new peak marks a £2.4bn increase on the £11.2bn record set previously in Q1 2014, with purchasers continuing to look towards the UK’s commercial property market. The figures are down from the £18.1bn recorded in Q4 2014 as is traditionally the case over the New Year, but demand has remained strikingly high.


The £4.6bn generated in the capital marks a new record for the first quarter, whilst the rest of the UK hit a new high of £9.1bn. The UK market’s interest in London continued with investments of £1.7bn made in the period, down just £0.1bn in the previous quarter.


Commercial offices attracted the greatest amount of investment of any sector in the UK over January, February and March, with the £5.5bn generated marking the biggest start to a year for offices since 2006.


Working against the traditional trend of a decline in investments in the retail sector, property in this asset class actually increased over Q1, with a total of £3.7bn being invested in retail property. High profile deals, such as those between Tesco and British Land, were the driving force between these unusual seasonal increases.

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