9 February 2023

A tale of two halves… – Victoria Towers speaks to Logistics Manager

“The disconnect between the industrial logistics investment market and the industrial logistics occupier market seems to be at its greatest, following a tumultuous year but what does this mean for occupiers going forward?”

Partner and Co-Head of Industrial & Logistics, Victoria Towers, has provided expert commentary to Logistics Manager magazine on the growing discrepancy between the sector’s occupier market and investment market; how the former remains strong, but the latter has nosedived.

Towers describes how “We started the year [2022] in a beautiful world of high demand and a buoyant supply pipeline. Focus was on forward fundings, which meant funds were willing to pay handsomely for land in advance of development starting on site. Developments progressed well and contractors were robust. It was a market that seemed to be delivering for developers, funders, and tenants alike.”

The article, which includes additional commentary from other leading figures in the Industrial & Logistics sector, summarises the impact on the market of global factors such as the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the increased cost of borrowing and the likelihood of a resultant slump in occupier demand. The article concludes with a look to the year ahead; 2023’s forecasted recession and prospective periods of both difficulty and opportunity for occupiers.

This article first appeared in the February 2023 edition of Logistics Manager magazine, it is available here.

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