by Ákos Budai | Industrial

The vacancy rate on the Budapest industrial market declined 2 percentage points to a level below 10%. The Budapest Research Forum has published its Q1 2016 industrial market snapshot.


In the first quarter of 2016 one development was completed, VGP Park offers 22,000 sq m modern industrial space in Alsónémedi. This was the highest quarterly completion since Q1 2010. As a result of BRF’s annual stock review the GLA of two industrial parks were modified, and one building was removed from the modern, speculative industrial stock (was after being  sold to end user). In total the modern industrial stock in Budapest, and its surroundings stands at 1,887,800 sq m. 

Total leasing activity amounted to 118,265 sq m in Q1 2016, which surpassed the Q4 2015 figure by 46%. Almost 73% of this space was generated by renewals, new leases represented 13% and expansions only 4%. Pre-leases, or new built-to-suit agreements represented 10% of the quarterly demand. In Q1 2016, 27 industrial transactions were registered out of which four exceeded 10,000 sq m, all lease renewals. The average deal size reached 4,380 sq m, being 14% below Q4 2015 average. Approximately 96.5% of the leasing activity was recorded in logistics parks where the average deal size was 5,188 sq m. The average deal size in city logistics schemes equated to 826 sq m. The quarter’s four largest transactions were lease renewals, out of which three were closed in parks owned by ProLogis. Following these the largest transaction was a BTS deal in Airport City logistic park. The largest new deal was signed in ProLogis Park Budapest M1 on 4,600 sq m. 

The vacancy rate declined 2 percentage points q-o-q reaching a level below 10%, bottoming out at 8.6% at the end of Q1 2016. In total 162,010 sq m is currently vacant with only three schemes offering available space over 10,000 sq m. Net absorption volume totalled 22,600 sq m in Q1 2016, it is almost in line with last year’s quarterly average. 

The Budapest Research Forum (BRF) comprises of CBRE, Colliers International, Cushman & Wakefield, Eston International, JLL and Robertson Hungary. BRF analyses modern industrial properties located in Budapest and Pest County, completed after 1995 for letting purposes, comprising a minimum of 2,000 sq m space in terms of city-logistics or minimum of 5,000 sq m space in terms of logistics park warehouses. The industrial stock excludes owner occupied buildings.