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Industrial & Logistics Viewpoint 2021

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This report provides a detailed overview of national and regional industrial & logistics sector activity as well as an economic and sector outlook.

Key findings:

  • 2020’s take-up for large distribution warehouses (100,000 sq ft+) reached a record-breaking 48.5 million sq ft, 56% ahead of 2019.
  • Colliers is forecasting an annual e-commerce share of total retail sales of 29% by the end of 2024, this would mean that the UK could need an extra 51m sq ft of logistics space.
  • Availability remains patchy across the UK with some regions exhibiting historically low vacancy rates.
  • Industrial investment volumes topped £10.2 billion in 2020, up 33% y/y. As a result, total returns reached 9.0% (Standard Industrial) and 9.7% (Distribution Warehouse).

We also include insights on occupier supply and demand, capital markets as well as an economic and sector outlook.

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Industrial & Logistics Viewpoint 2021

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Len Rosso

Head of Industrial and Logistics

London - West End

Len has more than 30 years' experience in the commercial property sector. Having started out as a trainee surveyor in 1983 he moved on to set up Jansons in 1990, a niche agency specialising in industrial in North and West London. In 2004/5 the business was voted Industrial Agency of the Year, this being the first ever non West End national practice to have won this prestigious award. In that same year the business transacted in excess of 3.5 million sq ft which accounted for in excess of 50% of the total transactions for the North and West London market.


Since joining Colliers International, as the Head of the UK Logistics and Industrial Department, the objectives are the same as always, to outperform all competitors whilst providing the highest level of service to all our clients. In 2018, the Colliers International UK Industrial & Logistics team completed over 250 deals totalling over 15 million sq ft. 

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Andrea Ferranti

Director for Industrial Client Engagement

London - West End

Head of Industrial & Logistics Research working closely with the Research & Forecasting team whilst supporting the Industrial and Logistics teams nationally in providing research and advises to clients. Andrea leads on the division’s key research papers which include, but not limited to, the Industrial & Logistics Barometer and the UK Speculative Development Map – both of which have become key benchmark publications highly valued by UK investors and developers alike.

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