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Prague Office Property Market – 2016 Overview

14.12.2016
Company: JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle)

Prague’s office market has witnessed several records this year: lowest annual office supply in history and one of the highest demand volumes. See the details:     

By the end of 2016, Prague´s office market will have 3,245,000 sqm of modern offices. At the same time, the Czech capital recorded the lowest annual office supply in history with only 33,600 sqm in 6 projects (see the list below). On the contrary, over 180,000 sqm of new office space will be delivered to the Prague market next year. „Such a low supply of modern offices in a booming economy is the result of an unpredictable approval process of new schemes in Prague. Endless debates around the metropolitan plan and the overall uncertainty in the building permit process only highlights the unpleasant status quo.“ says Eduard Forejt, Business Development Director at JLL. At the same time, there is strong demand for quality offices in Prague. In the first three quarters of 2016, gross demand reached 316,000 sqm which means one of the best results in the last ten years. Prague 5 (28 % market share), Prague 4 (21 % market share) and Prague 1 (15 % market share in the overall take-up) were the most sought-after city districts.      

The largest office leasing transactions in Prague in 2016:

15,000 m2

Johnson&Johnson

Mechanica, Prague 5

Pre-lease

9,400 m2

CSC Computer Sciences

Enterprise, Prague 4

New lease

8,300 m2

NN Pojišťovna a penzijní společnost

Zlatý Anděl, Prague 5

Renegotiation

 

High demand and limited new office supply during 2016 have resulted in a decline of the vacancy rate by 2.9 percentage points (the vacancy rate at the end of 2015 was 14.5% and in Q3 2016 was 11.7%). Therefore, we have recorded a modest increase in prime office rents: Prague city centre (19.0 – 20.0 EUR/sqm/month), inner city (14.5-16.0 EUR/sqm/month) and outer city (13.0 -14.5 EUR/sqm/month).  

„There are a number of new projects coming to the Prague market next year, which will temporarily increase the vacancy rate in the quarterly statistics. Given the booming economy, we expect new office space to be absorbed by the ongoing strong demand within 12 – 18 months of the completion of the scheme. The increased rental levels of the top office schemes, in the prestigious locations of Prague 4, Prague 5 and Prague 1 will persevere.“ concludes Eduard Forejt, Business Development Director at JLL.    

Office buildings completed in Prague in 2016         

Office building

Submarket

Size (in sqm)

Futurama Business Park F

Praha 8

10.200

South Point

Praha 4

7.500

Kotelna Park

Praha 5

6.500

Classic 7, fáze III

Praha 7

5.600

Antal Business Centre

Praha 4

2.400

Harrachovský palác

Praha 1

1.400

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