The research includes a detailed review of commercial property investment volumes by sector and type of purchaser.
Commercial property investment volumes increased significantly during Q2 2021, with preliminary figures suggesting that £11.5 billion traded during the quarter. This figure is up by 236% on Q2 2020, when the onset of the COVID-19 crisis meant that only £3.4 billion was recorded, and is the highest Q2 total since 2018. This takes volumes for the first half of the year to £20 billion, an 18% rise on H1 2020 and again the highest H1 figure since 2018.
A rebound in office investment is noticeably underway, with significant deals bolstering investment volumes, particularly in London. Activity in the industrial sector shows no signs of slowing and strong demand for assets, most notably distribution warehouses, has frequently seen asking prices exceeded. As a result, investment in the sector may come close to, if not exceed, the highs achieved in 2017 by the end of the year.