Birmingham office market highly resilient during 2022

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The 2022 Birmingham city centre office market was highly resilient against a backdrop of national and global economic challenges, according to the latest KWB research.

Our Birmingham office market 2022 Review shows a total office take-up of 692,700 sq ft across 115 deals, compared with 656,735 sq ft in 2021. The largest transaction of 2022 saw investment banking group Goldman Sachs take 110,000 sq ft at One Centenary Way.

One Centenary Way, the largest transaction in the 2022 Birmingham office market
One Centenary Way, Birmingham city centre

Q4 was the strongest quarter of the year for Birmingham offices, with activity during October, November and December higher than expected. The largest letting was to private higher education provider Global Banking School, which took 43,766 sq ft at Norfolk House.

Over 70% of take-up in 2022 involved just three sectors – professional services, financial and government & education – demonstrating their importance to the city.

ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) continued to be a key driver for occupiers looking to relocate to smaller, higher quality space better suited to the flexible working model and attractive to skilled staff.

Many of the higher profile transactions saw space taken at brand new buildings and those that had undergone extensive refurbishment, causing a shortage in supply. The newly-built 103 Colmore Row, for example, secured six deals totalling 69,921 sq ft and is soon expected to be fully let.

103 Colmore Row accounted for 6 transactions in the 2022 Birmingham office market
103 Colmore Row, Birmingham city centre

Malcolm Jones, Director of Office Agency at KWB, said: “Occupiers are looking to move, as they endeavour to create a better working experience for their teams. The importance of doing this has become paramount in recent months given the cost of living crisis, which has motivated people to seek better salaries and conditions of work.

“As availability of newly completed properties, and those still under construction, has diminished, it’s natural to consider where the next opportunity is.

Brindleyplace is a location that has the potential to offer some of the best office space in Birmingham city centre. We can also look forward to the Drum, a newly-announced 200,000 sq ft Grade A office space in the vacated John Lewis building in Grand Central shopping centre.

The Drum CGI, newly announced 200,000 sq ft Grade A office space in Birmingham city centre
CGI of the Drum, former John Lewis store in Birmingham’s Grand Central

“This offering competes with the likes of 103 Colmore Row and Paradise, yet falls outside the Colmore Business District, potentially extending the territory for the very best Grade A office space in Birmingham.”

KWB offers commercial property advice in Birmingham and the West Midlands. If you are looking for new offices or have vacant space to market, please get in touch with Malcolm Jones on 0121 233 2330 or email