Bangkok Office Rents Hit Record Levels However Still the Cheapest in Asia Pacific

Real Estate Press Releases Friday February 1, 2013 10:07
Bangkok--1 Feb--CBRE Thailand

Bangkok office rents rose to their highest levels ever in 2012 surpassing the previous 1992 peak. Average grade A rents in the central business district (CBD) reached a level of 770 baht per square metre per month and Park Ventures Ecoplex on Wireless Road became Bangkok’s most expensive office building achieving rents of 925 baht per square metre per month in 2012, according to CBRE, a leading international property consultancy firm.

Bangkok’s grade A CBD rents rose by 9% in 2012; however Bangkok’s office rents were still the cheapest in the Asia Pacific Region.
RANK   CITY, COUNTRY                         TOTAL OCCUPATION COST (baht/sq.m./month)   %CHANGE IN 2012
1     Hong Kong(Central), Hong Kong         6,650                                     -17%
2     Tokyo(Marunouchi Otemachi), Japan     5,326                                     -1%
3     Beijing(CBD), China                   4,994                                     9%
4     Mumbai (Bandra Kurla Complex), India   3,299                                     -11%
5     Sydney, Australia                     3,214                                     8%
6     Shanghai(Pudong), China               3,142                                     21%
7     Singapore, Singapore                   2,826                                     -13%
8     Seoul(CBD), South Korea               2,465                                     7%
9     Yangon, Myanmar                       2,100                                     30%
RANK   CITY                                   TOTAL OCCUPATION COST (baht/sq.m./month)   %CHANGE IN 2012
10     Taipei, Taiwan                         1,851                                     3%
11     Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam             1,685                                     -9%
12     Jakarta, Indonesia                     1,441                                     20%
13     Hanoi, Vietnam                         1,423                                     -4%
14     Auckland, New Zealand                 1,339                                     10%
15     Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia                 1,271                                     4%
16     Manila, Philippines                   876                                       14%
17     Bangkok, Thailand                     815                                       9%
Source : CBRE Research

The total amount of office space in Bangkok reached 8.1 million square metres and the overall occupancy rate was 88% compared to 86% at the end of 2011. Total net take up (the growth in the amount of occupied office space) was 160,000 square metres in 2012 compared to 83,000 square metres in 2011, demonstrating the increase in demand.

There was 45,000 square metres of new space completed in 2012. There are only 430,000 square metres under construction due for completion between this year and the end of 2015.

Only 88,000 square metres will be completed in Bangkok’s CBD, Bhiraj Tower a 50,000 square metre grade A building opposite Emporium is due for completion in 2014 and AIA Sathorn a 38,500 square metre grade A building is due for completion in 2015.

“There is limited choice of space in grade A CBD buildings,” said Mr. James Pitchon, Executive Director and head of CBRE Research & Consulting. “Sathorn Square and Park Ventures Ecoplex, the two most recently completed grade A developments, are now 70% and 87% committed. Tenants wanting more than 3,000 square metres on consecutive floors have few choices.”

Despite the 9% increase in grade A rents, Bangkok remains the cheapest office location in the Asia Pacific region. Hong Kong was the most expensive location with prime office rentals of 6,600 baht per square metre per month more than eight times more expensive than Bangkok even though prime Hong Kong Rents fell by 18% during 2012. Out of 31cities in the Asia Pacific Region covered by CBRE Research, 20 cities saw rents rise and 11 cities saw rents fall.

Biggest Increases in Total Occupation Cost per Square Metre
RANK   CITY, COUNTRY                   %CHANGE IN 2012
1     YangonCBD, Myanmai               30.0%
2     Seoul– Yeouido, South Korea     27.0%
3     Beijing– Finance Street, China   21.6%
Source : CBRE Research
Biggest Decreases in Total Occupation Cost per Square Metre
RANK   CITY, COUNTRY                   %CHANGE IN 2012
1     Hong Kong – Central, Hong Kong   -17.4%
2     Mumbai - Nariman Point, India   -14.0%
3     Singapore, Singapore             -12.6%
Source : CBRE Research

Four out of the five most expensive office locations in the World were in the Asia Pacific Region. Hong Kong (Central) was the most expensive followed by London (West End), Tokyo (Marunouchi Otemachi), Beijing and New Delhi.

Globally office markets have cooled over the past year with slowing economic growth in China, recession in Europe and a tepid economic recovery in North America. There was a marked slowdown globally in leasing activity in the banking and finance. Nonetheless prime office occupancy costs increased in 74 of 133 markets tracked by CBRE.

Global office occupancy costs have increased 2.1% over the past year led by the Americas with a 5.2% annual increase, Asia Pacific at 2.6%. Tight market conditions, strong demand for high quality space and limited new supply are the major factors driving big increase in occupancy costs in prime office markets across the global.

CBRE predicts that demand for Bangkok office space will grow compared 2012 and because of limited new supply rents will continue to rise especially for grade A CBD buildings.

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