20 April 2018 – Eje Prime
The leasing of logistics space in Cataluña rebounded by 48% during the first quarter of 2018 with respect to the same period a year earlier, to amount to 185,890 m2, according to a report compiled by the Research Department at BNP Paribas Real Estate. The leasing figure is 40% higher than the quarterly average for the last three years, during a period of consolidation in the Catalan logistics market.
A large proportion of the surface area leased during the first quarter of the year saw the pre-rental of warehouses under construction and turnkey projects. In this sense, operations involving surface areas ranging from 7,000 m2 to 50,000 m2 stood out in particular.
Rental prices continued to rise and prime rents increased by 3%, to reach €6.5/m2/month. The good pace of logistics leasing indicates that the upward trend will continue over the next few quarters. In terms of average rents in the local, regional and national logistics corridors, the same behaviour is being observed in terms of rising prices and a decrease in shortages, with growth of 5% in annual terms, to reach €4.7/m2/month.
On the other hand, the availability rate of logistics space in Cataluña continued to fall to reach 2.8%, at the same time as construction activity was increasing due to demand for rental properties. The development of turnkey projects means that the available surface area has not been affected, remaining at very low levels.
Original story: Eje Prime
Translation: Carmel Drake