There had been no office construction in Newbury for many years as investors had been cautious about a perceived lack of demand and rental values had been subdued due to a lack of quality grade A stock.
As a result, Newbury has the lowest availability rate in the Thames Valley at only 2%. Three buildings provide the vast majority of the 76,000 sq ft availability, which is all grade A space.
However, in 2016, speculative development returned to the market, with 28,000 sq ft of exposed services design offices constructed at 3 The Sector. This space was fully let by Q1 2017.
Following 13 years of headline prime rents remaining close to £17.00/£17.50 per s ft, they increased by 31% to a new high of £23.50 per sq ft at the end of 2016. In this transaction, the landlord, Vengrove, set the rent for an extremely high quality build incorporating exposed service design at 3 The Sector. The occupier, Cirrus Logic, was happy to pay this level to secure the space.
Hannah Bennett, senior surveyor for Lambert Smith Hampton, explains: "As the level of quality in the town continues to improve through innovative development and refurbishment, and with office availability being at a record low, Newbury is very well placed to demand higher headline rents. By delivering contemporary, differentiated offices, landlords have already benefitted from significant rental growth."
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