Office rents up 2.4% in 2Q2022 on return-to-office momentum

The more powerful efficiency was underpinned by Singapore additionally relieving workplace restrictions, with 100% of employees permitted to return to the workplace after April 26.

Catherin He, head of research, Singapore at Colliers, indicates that the rental development was broad-based, with mean leas of both Group 1 as well as Classification 2 office increasing q-o-q by 0.9% and 4% specifically. Based upon a basket of office complex tracked by Colliers Research, leas of the Core CBD Premium & Grade A section increased by 1.8% from the preceding quarter to $11.10 psf monthly.

Nevertheless, she anticipates full-year development for CBD Grade A gross reliable leas can still double the 4.3% clocked in 2021, given that they have currently climbed by 5% in the initial half of the year.

Leonard Tay, head of research at Knight Frank Singapore, thinks that workplace leas will certainly hold firm despite a possible recession, backed by need driven by the “flight to safety” to Singapore by special well-off, corporates and MNCs. Knight Frank maintains a projection of 3% to 5% expansion in leas for the whole of 2022.

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Lam Chern Woon, head of research and also consulting at Edmund Tie, emphasize that notable leasing task in 2Q2022 consists of’s reported take-up of 369,000 sq ft of room at the upcoming IOI Central Blvd Towers as well as Blackstone’s moving from Tower 2 to Tower 1 at Marina Bay Financial Centre, increasing its workplace footprint. The upcoming Guoco Midtown development likewise gained grip in leasing activity throughout the quarter, with renters like ConocoPhillips as well as Swiss Re coming on board.

Workplace leas in the Central region grew by 2.4% q-o-q in the 2nd quarter, according to data launched by URA on July 22. This is greater than the 1.6% boost reported in the previous quarter as well as marks a 3rd successive quarter of progress.

The islandwide office vacancy rate lowered by 0.8 percent points to 12%, driven by favorable net absorption of 258,334 sq ft in 2Q2022. This marks a turnaround after 5 successive quarters of negative net absorption.

Looking in advance, while the return-to-office momentum will certainly carry on propelling the office renting market, there are indicators that worldwide financial headwinds are beginning to influence some tenants’ realty choices, which might toughen up workplace interest in 2H2022, says Tay Huey Ying, head of study as well as consultancy, Singapore at JLL.

“This positive take-up was most likely added by displacement task, in addition to new set-ups in the legal part and also non-bank financial institutions,” mentions Tricia Song, CBRE head of research, Singapore and Southeast Asia. Song includes there was also a reduction of 473,612 sq ft in office stock, likely due to the removal of AXA Tower as it commenced demolition works, which even more sustained lower vacancy prices.