Market in Minutes: Bristol Occupational Office Data Q4 2023

Bristol office market Q4 roundup


In the final quarter of 2023, take-up in Bristol reached 193,000 sq ft across 34 deals done. This was 74% higher than the same period in 2022, but overall annual take-up was down on the long-term average. H2 performed considerably stronger than H1, with take-up totalling 270,000 sq ft, 82% higher than H1. Q4 accounted for 71% of the H2 take-up, with it being the most successful quarter since Q1 2022.

Grade A take-up totalled 42,000 sq ft, accounting for 21% of the total. This saw Grade A total take-up in Q4 125% higher than the same period in 2022.


Total availability in Bristol in Q4 totalled 971,000 sq ft. Bristol has the second lowest vacancy rate in the regional markets, at 7.8%; however, this has risen slightly due to recent development completions that have come into the supply in the quarter.

Prime and Grade A availability reached a combined total of 284,000 sq ft. This equates to a Grade A vacancy rate of 2%.

Take-up by business sector

The most active sector in the quarter was the 'TMT' sector which leased a combined total of 69,000 sq ft, accounting for 36%. This was largely driven by the 66,000 sq ft acquisition by Dyson at 1 George's Square, which was the largest deal recorded this year. It also contributed to the fact this was the highest recorded level of take-up for this sector since Q1 2022.

Another sector that was active in Q4 was the 'Professional' sector, which leased 33,000 sq ft in total. This was across ten transactions, the largest of which saw Freeths acquire 8,000 sq ft of space at Aurora.


There was no increase in the Prime rent in Q4 2023, however, Savills is aware of a deal in Q1 2024 that is in excess of the Q4 headline rent of £42.50. Bristol continues to have one of the highest Prime rents across the UK Big 6 markets, and has experienced Prime rental growth of 13% since the end of 2019. Savills latest forecasts predict that the Prime rent will grow by a further 15% to at least £49 per sq ft by the end of 2028.

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