The Thames Valley has had a steady first quarter with leasing activity above the long term average, albeit still dominated by smaller transactions.
The Elizabeth Line is set to be fully operational in 2019, which will be of great benefit to the Thames Valley and West London markets as occupiers look to benefit from cost reductions utilising 'hub and spoke' occupational models de-centralising out of Central London.
With limited development in the pipeline in the Western Corridor, the choice available to occupiers in today's market will be reduced over the next two years.
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- In the Thames Valley, take up in Q1 was 3% higher than the 5 year quarterly average totalling 345,302 sq ft
- West London prime headline rents have been consistently increasing over the last 10 years at an average of 4.5% per annum
- The TMT sector has been the most active over the last 15 months accounting for an average of 38% across both markets