Prime and secondary industrial rents for large and small sheds in the North West have risen markedly between June 2014 and June 2015, according to the latest sector-specific research by Colliers International.
The analysis by the industrial and logistics division of the Manchester real estate advisers confirmed an acute shortage of industrial and logistics space in the region is driving up rental levels in the primary and secondary markets for both warehousing of 100,000sq ft plus and smaller sheds ranging in size from 10,00sq ft to 30,000sq ft.
In the 12 months between June 2014 and June 2015, the average prime rental value of a big shed in the North West rose by 15% from £4.63 per sq ft to £5.31 while average secondary rent increased by 14% from £3.56 to £4.25.
Prime rental values for big sheds in Greater Manchester and Warrington jumped by 16% to £5.50 from £4.75, in Liverpool by 17% from £4.50 to £5.25 and in Lancashire by 11% to £5.00 from £4.50.
In the secondary market for big sheds, Manchester saw a 20% rise from £3.75 to £4.50 while those in Liverpool jumped 14% from £3.50 to £4.
Colliers’ figures for the big shed secondary rental market in Warrington and Lancashire showed increases of 20% and 23% to £4.50 (£3.75) and £4 (£3.25) respectively
The prime rental market for small sheds in the North West saw an 8% rise in rent per sq ft from £5.69 in June 2014 to £6.13 in June 2015.
There was a similar 8% hike in this market in Manchester from £6.00 to £6.50 while Lancashire saw a 10% to £5.75 from £5.25 and in Warrington the rental level increased by 8% to £6.50 from £6.
In the year to June 2015, the secondary rental market for North West small sheds rose by 13% to £4.38 from £3.88; in Manchester by 12%to £4.75(£4.25); in Liverpool from £3.50 to £4, representing a rise of 14%; and in Warrington and Lancashire by 12% and 14% to £4.75 and £4 from £4.25 and £3.50 respectively.