Geographical concentration in the institutional market for office property in England and Wales
Byrne, P. and Lee, S. L., (2006) Geographical concentration in the institutional market for office property in England and Wales. Working Papers in Real Estate & Planning. 07/06. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp24.
This paper examines the regional investment practices of institutional investors in the commercial real estate office market in 1998 and 2003 in England and Wales. Consistent with previous studies in the US the findings show that investors concentrate their holdings in a few (urban) areas and that this concentration has become more pronounced as investors have rationalised their portfolio holdings. The findings also indicate that office investment does not fully correlate with the UK urban hierarchy, as measured by population, but is focused on urban areas with high service sector employment. Finally, the pre-eminence of the City of London and and West End office markets as the key focus of institutional investment is confirmed.