The total net leasing activity in Q1 2021 decreased by 15% year-on-year
Prague Research Forum Announces Office Market Figures for Q1 2021
- COVID-19 had impact on market activity with high share of renegotiations at 46% in Q1 2021
- Vacancy rate increased to 7.6%
- Share of immediately available space for sublease increased by 15% q-o-q
- Shift from speculative construction to pre-leased backed more common among developers
- Planned supply for 2021 is the lowest since 2016
- Five office projects commenced construction during Q1 2021
- The prime rent stays between 22.00 and 22.50 EUR/sq m/month
Office Stock and New Supply
A total volume of 3,500 sq m of modern office space was delivered to the market in the first quarter of 2021. New completions include two properties, all as refurbishments. Hybernská 1 with 1,500 sq m in Prague 1 and Olbrachtova 5 with 2,000 sq m in Prague 4. As a result of the exclusion of properties, which are not leased on commercial basis, the total modern office stock slightly decreased to 3.69 million sq m.
Projects under construction amounts 199,700 sqm with approximately 65,800 sq m due in 2021, the remaining 133,900 sq m is scheduled in the years 2022-2023. During Q1 2021, three new projects and two refurbishments commenced construction. These included a new construction of the first phase of Masaryčka (25,000 sq m) in Prague 1, Košíře Office Park (5,300 sq m) in Prague 5 and Port 7 (30,600 sq m) in Prague 7 and two refurbishments of Palác Dunaj (7,200 sq m) in Prague 1 and Karlovo náměstí 7 (2,200 sq m) in Prague 2.
A-class office stock has a ca. 73% share on the total office supply, whereas the top-quality AAA-class properties accounted for over 16%.
The total volume of space immediately available to sublease in Q1 2021 accounted for 75,500 sq m, which is an increase of 15% (or 11,200 sq m) compared to the previous quarter.
Gross take-up (including renegotiations and subleases) in the first quarter of 2021 amounted to 90,200 sq m, representing a 9% decrease on the previous quarter but an 30% increase in year-on-year comparison.
The highest demand in Q1 2021 was recorded in the city districts of Prague 4 (41%), followed by Prague 5 (14%) and Prague 7 (13%). The most active companies were from the Pharmaceutical sector (20%), followed by the IT sector (20%) and the Professional services sector (14%)
The share of renegotiated leases in the first quarter of 2021 reached 46%. Net demand (new leases, expansions and pre-leases) accounted for 50% of the total gross take-up and the share of subleases accounted for the remaining 4%.
Major Office Leasing Transactions
The largest disclosed transactions of the first quarter of 2021 were the renegotiation of Novartis (14,300 sq m) in Gemini B in Prague 4, followed by the new occupation of flex space concept operated by Passerinvest (3,300 sq m) in BB Centrum B in Prague 4, the renegotiation of Sweco Hydroprojekt (2,900 sq m) in Táborská 31 in Prague 4 and the expansion of Livesport (2,200 sq m) in Aspira Business Centre in Prague 5.
The share of vacant office space in Q1 2021 reached 7.6%, representing an increase of 60 basis points in comparison with the previous quarter. The vacant space totalled 280,600 sq m. The largest availability was in Prague 4 with 59,100 sq m, representing a vacancy rate of 6.1% and followed by Prague 5 with 57,600 sq m and a vacancy rate of 9.1%. The lowest amount of vacant space was recorded in Prague 3 with 6,400 sq m (vacancy rate of 5.2%) and in Prague 2 with 8,300 sq m (6.2%).
Despite the ongoing slowdown in net demand and rising vacancy rate, prime headline rents remained stable and stood between €22.00 and €22.50/sq m/month in the city centre at the end of Q1 2021. Inner city prime rents ranged from €15.50 to €17.00/sq m/month and from €13.50 to €15.00/sq m/month in the outer city.