With 7% growth Q-on-Q, Bengaluru tops the Knight Frank Asia-PacificPrime Office Rental Index Q2 2018

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  • Tight supply pushed rents up as large corporates jostle for quality space within a finite market
  • Mumbai market witnessed stable rentals 

New Delhi, September 05, 2018:Knight Frank, the independent global property consultancy, today launched its Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rental Index for Q2 2018. The index increased by 2.4% quarter-on-quarter in Q2 – almost three times that of Q1 at 0.9% – primarily driven by rent increases seen in Bengaluru, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney.

Key Asia Pacific findings:

  • The index rise was primarily driven by rent increases seen in Tokyo, Bengaluru, Hong Kong and Sydney.
  • Rents are expected to remain steady or see marginal increases for the rest of 2018.
  • Kuala Lumpur’s office market saw the steepest decline, with a 0.8% decrease quarter-on-quarter amidst political uncertainty and supply concerns.

Key India findings:

  • Bengaluru topped the index at a 7% quarter-on-quarter increase. Tight supply pushed rents up as large corporates jostle for quality space within a finite market.
    • Though rentals in Bengaluru’s CBD had stagnated in the previous two quarters, heightened occupier demand from co-working and IT/ITeS segments caused many developers to charge a premium for available spaces.
    • CBD also garnered the second highest share of Bengaluru’s transaction volume in first half of 2018 and remains popular with a diverse occupier base
  • For the other markets in India viz Mumbai and Delhi NCR, rental growth was generally flat thisquarter
    • Mumbai market witnessed stable rentals although the outlook in terms of rental growth remains positive 

Speaking on the report findings, Arvind Nandan,Executive Director – Research, Knight Frank India, said “Shortage of quality spaces has led to a 7% quarter-on-quarter rental growth in Bengaluru’s Central Business District (CBD) in Q2 2018. Corporate occupiers are jostling forquality space within the tightly suppliedCBD and off-CBD districts, with many of them navigating the issue by pre-committing to upcoming supply. Similarly, in Mumbai where the rentals have remained unmoved this quarter, limited supply is likely to lead to rental growths in the ensuing period.” 

Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rents– Q2 2018

City Submarket(s) 3-month % change
(Q1 2018 – Q2 2018)
Forecast next
12 months
Bengaluru CBD 7.0% Increase
Tokyo* Central 5 Wards 5.5% Same
Melbourne CBD 4.6% Increase
Sydney CBD 4.2% Increase
Manila Various 2.4% Decrease
Hong Kong Central 1.7% Increase
Bangkok CBD 1.7% Increase
Guangzhou CBD 1.2% Same
Brisbane CBD 1.0% Increase
Singapore Raffles Place, Marina Bay 0.8% Increase
Beijing Various 0.6% Decrease
Taipei Downtown 0.6% Increase
Perth CBD 0.3% Same
Mumbai BKC 0.0% Increase
Phnom Penh City Centre 0.0% Same
NCR Connaught Place 0.0% Same
Seoul CBD, GBD, YBD 0.0% Same
Shanghai Puxi, Pudong -0.7% Same
Kuala Lumpur City Centre -0.8% Decrease

Source: Knight Frank Research / *Sanko Estate

To download the report, please click:http://bit.ly/PrimeOfficeRental2Q18

Corporate Comm India(CCI Newswire)