24 May 2018 – Eje Prime
During the first quarter of 2018, 85,500 m2 of office space was leased in Barcelona and its area of influence, which represents 33% more than the quarterly average for the last 10 years (64,445 m2) and 5% more than the quarterly average for the last three years, according to research compiled by BNP Paribas Real Estate.
“The strong performance in terms of demand between January and March 2018 reflects the fact that the occupational market remains dynamic”, states the report.
During the first three months of the year, 84 new contracts were signed in total, below the quarterly average for the number of operations signed in the last three years (93), however, these contracts involved larger surface areas, thanks to expansions and the creation of new companies.
The three largest operations closed during the quarter were located in the decentralised and peripheral areas, specifically in the BCN Fira District multi-functional complex (6,467 m2), El Prat de Llobregat (5,000 m2) and Cornellá (4,863 m2).
The 22@ district retained its appeal, in fact, the fourth most significant operation, the rental of 3,500 m2 by the Town Hall of Barcelona, was signed in that district. In total, 28% of the surface area leased during the first quarter was located in 22@ and the district is expected to attract more demand, as new office spaces come onto the market. The availability rate of the market in Barcelona amounts to 10%.
The average rental price in the Barcelona market also continued its upward trend. Prime rents, which closed 2017 at €23.5/m2/month, had risen to €24/m2/month by March 2018. Behind that behaviour is the shortage of surface area available in the CBD as well as the scarcity of high-quality buildings.
Original story: Eje Prime
Translation: Carmel Drake