Activities for large floor take up to be rare in 2020

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A lack of new supply means activities for large floor take up will be limited this year. A total of 510,000 sq.ft. of office space will be completed in 2020, marking a 14 year low. The majority of completions in 2020 will be situated in decentralised locations, meaning that core locations are unlikely to see dramatic reductions in asking rentals as supply remains constrained in these districts.

New supply in Central will remain low over the next 3 years, with the next significant developments due for completion being the Murray Road car park redevelopment (2022) and Hutchison House redevelopment (2023), which will add approx. 700,000 sq.ft. of prime office space.

With new supply of approx. 1 million sq.ft. due to come on the market in 2021 and further development in the pipeline for 2022 and 2023, it is likely that 2020 will be a year of transition, where corporations look to study their longer term office plans and decide whether there remains a necessity to occupy a CBD location or whether it is worth restructuring and confirming brand new spaces ahead of completion in 2021.


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