Monday, 16 April 2018

Office market witnesses record absorption: CBRE

NEW DELHI: Tech corporates led office space take-up during the quarter with a 25% share, while BFSI firms garnered a 24% share. The share of e-commerce firms rose to 15%, thanks to a few large-sized deals by leading global and domestic players. Other sectors that contributed to leasing activity were engineering and manufacturing, research, consulting and analytics and co-working/business centre operators. Pre-commitments continue to be the primary mode of transaction, especially in cities such as Bangalore that had a dearth of quality ready-to-move-in supply.

Anshuman Magazine, Chairman, India and South East Asia, CBRE said, “India’s office market has begun the year on a strong note, dispelling fears of technology and other disruptions impacting the market. With strong economic fundamentals, constantly improving business environment, and the government’s concerted efforts to improve infrastructure in our cities, India’s attractiveness as a preferred market in the region for international and domestic occupiers has only grown.”

Commenting on the findings of the report, Ram Chandnani, Managing Director, Advisory & Transaction Services, India, CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd. said, “Over the past several quarters, pre-commitments by occupiers in under-construction projects has impacted leasing activity across India’s office market. Constrained supply of ready-tomove-in space, coupled with rising rentals, has led to this trend gaining traction in recent months. The uptick in leasing activity in the first quarter is largely due to several projects getting completed.”

During the quarter, 45% of all the transactions were for smallsized spaces while mid-sized transactions accounted for a 42% share. There were a few largesized deals, most of which were recorded in Bangalore, followed by a few in Mumbai, Delhi-ncr, Chennai and Hyderabad.



Gurgaon dominated leasing activity in the city

New supply consisted of a few medium-sized non-it developments in Gurgaon and an SEZ development along the Noida Expressway

Leasing activity was primarily driven by the tech sector, followed by corporates from the research, consulting and analytics, and BFSI sectors


Quarterly leasing activity witnessed an uptick in the city

More than half of the leasing activity was in the Secondary Business District (SBD) and the Peripheral Business District (PBD) of Powai and Vikhroli

BFSI firms and co-working operators dominated leasing activity, followed by firms from infrastructure, real estate and logistics

Rental values remained stable during the quarter


The city continued to lead the country’s office demand and supply activity

Quarterly leasing increased significantly due to culmination of pre-commitments and space take-up in recently completed developments

Leasing activity was primarily driven by BFSI corporates followed by e-commerce, research, consulting and analytics, and tech firms

Rental values across key markets in the city appreciated marginally during the quarter


Transaction activity was led by small-sized deals, mainly by corporates looking to consolidate/ relocate operations

Quarterly leasing activity declined marginally while supply witnessed an uptick

Tech corporates continued to lead demand, in the city

Rents increased by about 5-7% in IT buildings in OMR Zone I, due to low vacancies and sustained corporate interest


After robust activity last year, the city witnessed a marginal decline in leasing activity during the quarter

Supply addition was limited to one medium-sized development in the extended IT corridor

Sustained occupier interest resulted in a majority of the quarterly leasing activity being concentrated in the IT corridor of the city

Tech firms, followed by engineering and manufacturing and healthcare firms, dominated leasing activity

Rental values increased across all micro-markets, thanks to continued occupier interest and shortage of new supply


Supply addition increased on a quarterly basis in the city while leasing activity declined marginally

Tech firms continued to dominate space take-up, followed by engineering and manufacturing companies

PBD accounted for more than half of the city’s leasing activity during the review period

Select micro-markets in the city witnessed quarterly rental growth


Quarterly leasing activity and new supply addition declined marginally

Rentals remained stable across all micro-markets

Demand was largely driven by occupiers from the engineering & manufacturing, and telecommunication sectors, followed by BFSI and co-working firms

Leasing activity was primarily concentrated in EM Bypass and Ruby Connector in SBD and Salt Lake V and Rajarhat in PBD

A strong first quarter is indicative of the sustained growth of India’s office market across key cities. While the share of tech firms in overall demand could drop further as technology disruptions impact headcount growth, the increasing share of other sectors including BFSI, engineering and manufacturing and research and consulting will balance the overall market performance in the long term.

In some cities, this rental growth will be witnessed across all micro-markets, while in others it will be in core locations only.

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