The Bucharest office market could have a record year in terms of deliveries in 2019, provided that all the announced projects are finalized on time, a scenario in which modern office spaces with a total area of about 377,000 square meters will have been delivered in the capital city, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield Echinox.
In the first half of the year, 128,000 square meters have been delivered, consisting of the Renault Bucharest Connected, The Mark, Oregon Park C, The Bridge II, Office 1 and Mihai Eminescu Offices projects. In the second half of 2019 the volume of deliveries could be double, the most important projects being Business Garden (41,000 sqm), Ana Tower (41,000 sqm), Expo Business Park (38,000 sqm), Globalworth Campus III (35,000 sqm), The Light I (23,000 sqm), Timpuri Noi Square 1b (20,000 sqm) and Equilibrium I (19,000 sqm), along with a number of other smaller buildings.
Historically, 2009 has been the best year for the local office market in terms of deliveries, when developers finalized new buildings with an area of about 322,000 square meters, which came after another very good year (2008), with over 300,000 square meters delivered in total. The most important projects delivered in 2009 were BOC, Global City Business Park, Floreasca Business Park and Cubic Center, at a time when developers were especially active in the Pipera area, while the development of the Floreasca - Barbu Văcărescu office hub was just commencing.
Mădălina Cojocaru, Partner, Office Agency Cushman & Wakefield Echinox: “The 2019 deliveries come after two years with consistent demand, but with a lower level of deliveries: projects with a leasable area of 138,000 and 145,000 square meters were completed in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The new projects have been successful in terms of early securing important anchor tenants: financial groups such as ING, Erste - BCR, Allianz or the PricewaterhouseCoopers professional services firm, in an extremely dynamic market, where demand is at a record level. Taking into account the buildings about to be delivered, we can affirm that the office stock in Bucharest reached the 3 million square meters threshold, out of which 1 million square meters have been built between 2014 and 2019."
In H1 2019, transactions totalling 196,000 square meters of office spaces have been closed, the largest ones involving Ericsson (16,000 sqm at West Gate), eMag (15,000 sqm at Swan Office Park), ING Tech (13,000 sqm at Dacia One) and Allianz (9,000 sqm at Globalworth Campus).
There has also been a slight increase of the headline rents for the office spaces located in the CBD area, where the premium buildings are rented at a level between €17.5 and €19 / sqm / month, while in the Central - North area they reach values between €15.5 - €17 / sqm / month.
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