The Romanian office market started promising in 2019, given that in the first quarter, approximately 124,500 square meters were leased nationwide, almost 41% more than in the first quarter of last year.
Transactions in the first quarter of this year account for about 31% of the total volume traded last year, about 400,000 sq m. If the current pace is maintained, the rented area of office spaces could reach over 560,000 sq m by the end of this year.
"To be mentioned that in the first quarter were signed a small number of transactions when comparing with the same period of last year (68 against 73), but the average leased area increased to almost 2,000 square meters, from 1,200 square meters in 2017. This evolution was driven by five transactions of more than 10,000 square meters and shows that the Romanian market remains an attractive destination for existing companies but also for new names"said Marius Şcuta, Head of Office Agency and Tenant Representation JLL Romania.
In the first quarter of 2019, JLL recorded the largest market share in the office rental market at 26.7% of the total, trading 33.500 sqm. At Bucharest's level, JLL acquired a market share of 23.7 in the first quarter of this year. Outside of Bucharest, JLL had a market share of almost 46% of a total of just over 17,000 sq m.
Most of the tenants came from IT, financial and professional services and Bucharest attracted the largest volume of transactions, ie over 107,000 sqm (over 86% of the national total), followed by Timisoara a little over 6,000 sqm (almost 5%). Important transactions were also signed in Craiova, Cluj-Napoca and Iasi.
In Bucharest, most transactions were concluded in CBD (13), Floreasca - Barbu Văcărescu (12), West-West (8) and South-Central (8). According to the volume traded, CBD is also ranked first, with 32,000 square meters traded (24% of the total), followed by the West, with 18,000 sqm (14% of the total), West Central, with 13,300 sqm %). Floreasca attracted only 6.7% of total demand.
"If we consider negotiations that are currently on the market, there are all premises for this year to be very good for the office market. Market demand is also supported by deliveries of new projects announced for this year and next year, as there are currently few market options for companies interested in expanding", said Maria Florea, Key Client Director, JLL Romania.
Over 90,000 square meters of new spaces delivered in Bucharest
Developers delivered three new projects in Bucharest with a total area of 92,832 square meters, Renault Bucharest Connected (47,000 square meters) developed by Globalworth, The Bridge 3 (20,191 sqm), developed by Forte Partners and The Mark, owned by the Austrian company S Immo, (25,641 square meters).
By the end of the year, the area of new projects in Bucharest is estimated at about 200,000 square meters.