The value of portfolios held by overseas owners has risen by 129% over the last decade to £94bn. Overseas investors now own 24% of all commercial property investment in the UK, the Property Data Report 2014 shows, with three-quarters of this in London.
By contrast the total owned by UK institutions fell by 16% over the decade to £75bn, representing just 19% of the total £385bn invested in commercial buildings during the period.
The research also revealed that of the total £683bn UK commercial stock, retail is the largest sector by value (£305bn), followed by offices (£195bn), and then industrial property (£126bn). Other commercial property, including hotels and leisure, was valued at £58bn.