Defining Commercial property: key examples

Commercial property is a broad asset class, providing investors a wide selection of properties with varied risk profiles. Between 1996 and 2016, commercial property rental values grew by 2.1% per year (compared to 1.9% for inflation), showing a strong case for increasing occupier demand1.
Please note, past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Here we share an overview of the different types of properties that the Commercial asset class includes.


The largest sector of Commercial Property is offices, mainly located in city centre locations, transport hubs and in business parks. Serving numerous sectors such as IT, Energy, Finance and Media.


Retail properties in their various forms are the second largest sub-sector of Commercial Property. Popular locations are in towns (often on high streets), local shopping malls and out-of-town in retail parks and neighbourhood centres.


Industrial properties are important hubs of commercial activity, providing manufacturing, assembly, distribution and internet fulfilment services to industries such as FMCG, Technology, Media (e.g. newsprint), Construction and many more.


Hotels continue to experience demand, notably in key cities and towns, out of town tourist spots and near business destinations and motorways. These include owner managed, branded and budget hotel chains.


These facilities include restaurants, gyms, cinemas and entertainment centres. Located in and out of towns and in retail parks.


Commercial Property also includes alternative buildings and spaces in and out of town. Examples include car parks, medical and healthcare buildings and petrol stations.

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1. IPD Annual Property Index 2016


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