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News from Members Highest level of total leasing activity on the Bucharest Office market in Q4, 2016

Highest level of total leasing activity on the Bucharest Office market in Q4, 2016

by CBRE January 30, 2017

Website www.cbre.ro

The Total Leasing Activity (TLA) for the office sector in Q4 2016 reached 144,000 sq m, the highest level on a quarter for the Romanian real estate industry, while 79% of TLA was represented by take-up (total transactions excluding renewals/ renegotiations), according to the latest CBRE Romania Office Market report.

TLA in 2016 totals 412,000 sq m, also a highest level for the industry, while the total volume of renewal/renegotiation transactions was over 120,000 sq m.

Expansion and new lease (new demand) amount to over 50,000 sq m, meaning 35% of the TLA. This new demand results from 5,000 new jobs created in the Bucharest market.

CBRE report points also that in Q4 2016 were delivered 4 buildings totalling 80,000 sq m. The first building of Metroffice (GLA of 20,500 sq m), the second building of Oregon Park (GLA of 24,619 sq m) and the third building of Hermes Business Campus (GLA of 29,100 sq m).. Additionally to these established business parks, a boutique building located in CBD was delivered - Prezan Office Building with a GLA of 5,500 sq m.

According to CBRE Office Market report, The current office stock increased to 2.64 million sq m in the last quarter, while class A office buildings represent 44% of the modern office stock. CBRE estimates that at the end of 2018 the share of class A office stock will outperform the class B office stock.

For the next two years, CBRE report estimates another 592,000 sq m to be delivered in Bucharest office market; the West sub-market has a share of 40% (Campus 6, Orhideea Towers, The Bridge, Business Garden Bucharest), followed by Pipera and North sub-markets with a total share of 37% of the new supply and Central sub-market with 15% of the new supply. Timpuri Noi Square (developed by Vastint Group) is one of the largest projects located in Central sub-market.

“We expect that this year the new demand would be similar to 2016 and our team of 160 people, with 9 offices in 7 major cities, to close new spectacular deals, bring new companies in Romania and help creating new jobs on Romanian labour force market”, says Razvan Iorgu, Managing Director, CBRE Romania.

CBRE Romania had in 2016 the highest market share in Bucharest office market, reaching 47% market share on landlord representation, 34% on tenant representation and 38% market share from the total transactions closed by real estate consultants companies in Bucharest.

During 2016, various big occupiers signed renewal contracts in their already established office locations - Telekom in City Gate and Riverplace, Teamnet in Green Gate, Oracle in Sky Tower, IBM in Global Business Center, BRD Societe Generale in West Gate Park, Adobe in Anchor Plaza.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

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