The office and remote work are allies, not enemies.
- 10.08 million m²
Office take-up in Europe 2021 (+27% vs 2020)
Vacancy rate in Q4 2021 (+50bps vs Q4 2020)
Source: BNP Paribas Real Estate International Research Department
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France like many countries has had to adapt to a new relationship with remote working. Indeed within Ile-de-France’s (the region which encompasses Paris) business park, one of the biggest in Europe, the Institut Paris Région and Transilien SNCF estimate that the health crisis has made working from home possible for 45% of people in the region.
People may be coming to the office less often but when they do, their expectations are high as they are looking for more services, greater opportunities to socialize with colleagues and an increased sense of well-being.
London like most cities across Europe is having to adapt to a new office market that must combine remote working with being in the office. However, for Stephen Wolfe, Head of Commercial at BNP Paribas Real Estate UK, the most important driver of the office sector for the British capital is the need to have sustainably certified buildings.
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The office market is back on track
Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic had a significant effect on the German office market, it appears that it is on the road to recovery. All major real estate centres recorded a significant increase in take-up in the second half of the year and take-up of around 3.4 million m2, meant that the previous year's result was exceeded by a substantial 26.5%.
• 834,000m2 – total annual take-up in Berlin
• 16% increase in take-up in Munich
• 10% decline in vacancy rates in Cologne
In the third quarter of 2021, the office sector returned to being the best performing sector: 37% of investments in commercial properties in Italy were related to this category, for a total of €870 million. In second place, the logistics sector - despite being the sector which Covid has impacted the least - with €800 million invested: compared to the same period of 2020, growth was still 60%. Also noteworthy is the recovery of the hotel sector: compared to the third quarter of 2020, growth of 40% was recorded, with investments equal to €375 million.
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With the Irish government’s lifting of work-from-home guidance, there is more certainty surrounding the future of the office, which in turn affects investor sentiment.
Dublin is set to see a new wave of office developments, in which ESG (Environmental Social Governance) criteria will be interwoven. The idea is thus to create a new breed of innovative, environmentally minded and modern office buildings.
Demand for innovative office buildings in Madrid continues to expand
Although demand has slowed down due to the pandemic and the increase in remote working, the need for office spaces that meet the latest environmental sustainability and energy efficiency requirements is continuing to grow.
The markets of Las Tablas, Manoteras and Julián Camarillo will contribute the most office projects to the market in the coming months. One of the most important deliveries planned for 2022 will be the inauguration of Alcalá 546, the future headquarters of L'Oréal, in addition to the annex building (Alcalá 544) made up of an area of approximately 10,400 m2, currently available.
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BNP Paribas Nederland, Arcadis, and G&S Vastgoed have announced their plan to move into joint new headquarters at the Zuidas in Amsterdam mid-2024. The shared ambition is to achieve a new standard for healthy, safe, and future-proof office buildings. Therefore, BNP Paribas Real Estate Netherlands and G&S Vastgoed have developed the RE\Define concept, an office design that has the well-being and productivity of employees as its heart. Sustainability is an important principle in developing this office building, meaning each partner now has a unique opportunity to set the bar high and use the building as a breeding ground for new sustainable concepts.
In Warsaw, the office marketed used the pandemic to experiment with new offers of flexible office space. This has as such had an impact on tenant demand for such spaces. At the end of 2021, the amount of sqm transacted reached higher levels than previous quarters of 2021, the demand was more diverse, with 50% of tenant renewing contracts for the purpose of optimizing the occupied space.
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