April 9, 2014
Foreign investment fuels record quarter for London commercial property
Foreign investment in London’s commercial property market has fuelled a record breaking start to 2014, according to a new report from Cushman & Wakefield. The influx of overseas capital dominated deals in the first quarter of the year and, in turn, drove total investment levels that exceeded £4.3 billion, three quarters of which came from abroad and was centred on East London and Docklands . The 32 deals covered in the report included the sale of the More London estate to a Kuwaiti investor for £1.7 billion and concluded the busiest quarter since 2007. According to the report, foreign investors are attracted by London’s status as a safe haven. Last month we reported how domestic investors were looking outside the capital for opportunities but the Cushman & Wakefield report now suggests that interest from domestic investors and occupiers is increasing as the UK economy improves.