A total of £301m was invested in commercial property across Yorkshire in Q3 2013, according to data from our latest research,
Although this was almost 10% down on the previous quarter, it took the total for the year-to-date to £727m; a 21% increase compared with the same period in 2012 and the highest cumulative total since 2010.
Industrial and distribution sector back in favour
For the first time in over two years, the industrial and distribution sector was the region’s most heavily invested asset class, with transactions totalling £157m. Boosted by Legal & General’s acquisition of two distribution units at Brookfields Park near Rotherham for £86.6m, the sector accounted for 52% of the region’s total investment activity.
Renewed demand for offices
Q3 2013 was also marked by a revival in demand for office buildings, with M&G Property Portfolio’s acquisition of Toronto Square in Leeds for £29m, contributing to a total investment of over £80m in the office sector.
Other key deals across the region included Blackstone Real Estate’s purchase of an industrial unit on Shepcote Lane in Sheffield for £26.4m and Helical Bar’s acquisition of Huddersfield Retail Park for £17m.
UK institutions remain biggest net investors
Despite the amount invested by UK institutions dropping by 31% in Q3, they were by far the biggest net investors into the Yorkshire market, buying over £135m of assets but selling less than £48m, which equates to a net investment of £87m.
Market is becoming highly competitive
Abid Jaffry, Regional Director of Capital Markets at LSH, commented: “Activity levels across all main sectors in the market look very positive going forward. We have experienced considerable interest in assets we have marketed, to a point where we are now seeing highly competitive situations with a number of investors. This is beginning to drive pricing levels higher – a situation we have not seen on a consistent basis for some time.
“The volume of money in the market suggests that we will continue to see more transactional activity where pricing levels are beginning to exceed historic book values.”
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