CBD Grade-A office rents up by 2.1% q-o-q in 1Q2022: Cushman & Wakefield

Rents for CBD Grade-A workplaces have actually risen by 2.1% in 1Q2022, higher than the 1.7% growth in the previous quarter, according to a record by Cushman & Wakefield on April 6. This comes as vacancy rates for CBD Grade-A workplaces tightened to 4.6% from 4.9% in the last quarter.

On the whole, Cushman & Wakefield stays upbeat on the Singapore office market outlook, in spite of “increasing disadvantage dangers”. While it does not prepare for the Ukraine battle to have a straight influence on the Singapore office market, inflationary pressures are expected to stay elevated due to higher power prices and also supply-chain interruptions aggravated by lockdowns in China, which is a crucial business companion for Singapore.

Lampard prepares for CBD Grade-An office rental development to trend higher, coming in at around 5% for the whole of 2022.

Nonetheless, the continuous economic uncertainties can potentially reduce the increase of interest rates, states Mark Lampard, head of commercial leasing, Singapore, at Cushman & Wakefield. The reopening of Singapore’s economic climate will likewise boost inhabitants’ confidence to take up much more office, he adds.

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“Rochester Commons, the only brand-new Grade-A decentralised office advancement this year, has been mainly pre-committed by Sea Group. The next decentralised Grade-A workplace advancement, Labrador Tower, will just be completed in 2024,” she clarifies.

Wong Xian Yang, head of research, Singapore, at Cushman & Wakefield, predicts ongoing healing for the decentralised office market, offered business decentralisation activities, spillover need from the CBD, and limited new Grade-A decentralised workplace supply.

Rentals in decentralised workplace markets also remained to show improvement. Office rental fees for all grades in the city edge and also suburban segments expanded by 1.1% as well as 0.7% q-o-q, specifically. City-fringe office vacancies have actually improved to 5.5%, while the suburban vacancy rate rose to 5.7%.

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