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2011 Leeds city centre office take-up is 40 percent increase on previous year according to Agents' Forum

Squeeze on Grade A supply continues

Leeds, 12th January 2012 – According to data compiled by the Leeds Agents’ Forum the total take-up of office space in Leeds city centre in quarter four (Q4 2011) reached 87,050 sq ft which, combined with the previous three quarters, produced a year end total of 398,159 sq ft transacted across 106 deals.  The total 2011 city centre figure was a 40.5 per cent increase on the previous year and just a nine percent decrease compared with the five year average (437,386 sq ft).
Notable city centre occupier transactions completed in Q4 2011 included the 10,994 sq ft acquisition by Towry at Toronto Square, BSkyB taking 10,235 sq at 2 Wellington Place and the acquisition by Northgate Arinso UK of 5,314 sq ft at Riverside West.
The Leeds Agents Forum said: “The trend towards smaller sized deals in the sub 5,000 sq ft bracket continued in quarter four; there was only three city centre transactions over this size to complete.  Occupier activity was driven by a broad range of sectors including recruitment, financial and media.”
According to agents the availability of the best quality office space continues to diminish with 43 per cent of Grade A stock being leased in the final three months of last year.  With little new space coming through the development pipeline a number of landlords are taking the opportunity now to upgrade secondary office buildings and take advantage of the continuing ‘flight to quality’ which a large percentage of occupiers now demand.
Looking ahead the Leeds Agents Forum added: “We anticipate take-up to continue to rise as occupiers absorb the existing stock as a result of forthcoming lease events and a lack of on site supply.  We also expect a couple of big names to sign pre-lets which could kick-start some much needed speculative space in the city core.”
Unusually, the out-of-town market finished more strongly than Leeds city centre in the last quarter of the year with volumes totalling 110,667 sq ft. This was a 43 per cent increase compared with Q3 and also the best performing quarter over the last 15 months.  Two sizeable freehold deals the 32,891 sq ft sale of Rawdon House to the EMIS Group and the 17,800 sq ft purchase of Fountain Court by TP Orthodontics boosted the Q4 figures.
The overall out-of-town take up for the year reached 280,754 sq ft; an 11.4 per cent increase compared with 2010 (252,000 sq ft).
The Leeds Agents’ Forum was established to collate and distribute definitive market information. Its members include BNP Paribas, Carter Towler, CBRE, Colliers International, DTZ, GVA, Jones Lang LaSalle, Knight Frank, Lambert Smith Hampton, Ryden, Sanderson Weatherall, Savills and WSB.
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Notes to Editors:
Q4 2011 take up
Leeds City Centre: 87,050 sq ft
Leeds Out of Town: 110,667 sq ft
2011 full year take up
Leeds City Centre:  398,159 sq ft
Leeds Out of Town: 280,754 sq ft