August 12, 2013
Sharp increase in UK commercial property activity during July
The signs that the UK’s economic recovery is now underway are given credibility with news that the UK’s commercial property sector is at its most buoyant for six years. According to a report from Savills which looked at new build and refurbishment activity during July, a fifth (20.1percent) of UK developers reported an increase in activity compared to 18.9 percent in June. Savills claims this is the greatest rate of growth since May 2007. The rise was driven primarily by an increase in private sector work as reported by nearly a third (31.4 percent) of developers, with only 1.4 percent reporting a rise in public sector activity. Developers are also optimistic about their prospects in the near future, with a quarter (25.1 percent) saying they were positive about what would happen over the next three months, up from 14 percent in June. The Savills report links this positivity to greater occupier confidence and more finance from banks.