Kraków to hit its first million

Kraków is the second Polish city, following Warsaw, to surpass the one million sq m mark of modern office space

 

Kraków, 22 September 2017 – Advisory firm JLL summarizes H1 2017 on the office market in Kraków.

Rafał Oprocha, JLL“Kraków constitutes the largest centre for launching investments from the business services sector in Poland. In recent months, the city’s perfect image, in the eyes of foreign investors, combined with an abundance of well-educated specialists and an availability of class A office space resulted in the market entry of brands such as Symphony, Syntel, Uber and Zurich Insurance Group. According to ABSL, there are 55,800 people employed in 157 services centres across Kraków. Companies from this sector comprise the main tenants of office buildings developed in Małopolska region's capital city – they account for 62% of occupied office stock within the city and 67% of H1 demand”, comments Rafał Oprocha, Head of Kraków Office, JLL.

Demand

“Lease agreements for over 98,300 sq m were signed in Kraków in H1 2017. This means that the city accounts for 30% of office demand outside Warsaw. Forecasts for the upcoming 18 months remain favorable. According to JLL’s estimates, the annual volumes might match 2015's record-breaking results – when the demand for office space exceeded 226,000 sq m”, adds Agnieszka Sosnowska, Senior Consultant, Research and Consulting, JLL.

 

The biggest lease agreements in Kraków in H1 2017

Company

Building

Space (sq m)

Brown Brothers Harriman

Orange Office Park

14,700

HCL

O3 Business Campus II

10,400

Pega Systems

Bonarka 4 Business, build. C

5,300

UBS

Green Office

5,000

Source: JLL, PORF, 2017

 

Supply

Outside of Warsaw, Kraków is the biggest office market in Poland. In August 2017, after delivering building B of the Equal Business Park to market, Kraków surpassed the threshold of 1 million sq m of overall supply. It became only the second city, after Warsaw, to do so. As for H2 2017, we expect that the volume of new office space will total 105,000 sq m, which would constitute the second best result in Poland with Warsaw claiming the top position”, says Rafał Oprocha.

 

The biggest office buildings under construction in H1 2017

Building

Developer

Space (sq m)

O3 Business Campus II & III

Echo Investment

35,000

Enterprise Park E&F

Avestus Real Estate

24,900

V. Offices

AFI Europe Poland

24,900

Equal Business Park C

Cavatina

21,800

High 5ive 1&2

Skanska Property Poland

20,600

Unity Tower

GD&K Group and Verity Development

20,300

Source: JLL, 2017

 

Vacancy rate and rents

By the end of H1 2017, the vacancy rate in Kraków was 9.2%. This is a relatively low level as it is hard to find large vacant spaces in existing office projects. So companies that look for large volumes of office space primarily focus on projects that are under construction or are planned to begin construction.

Prime rents per sq m per month in Kraków averaged out at between €13.5-€14.5.

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