BKC-Mumbai Records 5% Rental Growth; CP-New Delhi Rental Grows By 1.4%: Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rental Index Q2 2019

Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

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Mumbai, 27 August, 2019: International Property Consultant Knight Frank in its recent report Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rental Index Q2 2019, noted that the CBD of Bengaluru (MG Road, Residency Road, Cunningham Road, Lavelle Road, Richmond Road and Infantry Road) ranked 5th in terms of y-o-y growth at the end of Q2-2019. Melbourne saw the highest rental growth y-o-y at 16%. Tokyo (12%), Bangkok (10.4%) and Singapore (10.3%) were the other prime office markets that saw higher y-o-y rental growth rates ahead of Bengaluru.

Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and Connaught Place, that make up the prime office markets in Mumbai and the NCR respectively, were ranked 8th and 12th at the end of Q2 2019.The Knight Frank Prime Office Rental Index tracks rental levels of 20 front line cities across the Asia-pacific region.

Bengaluru CBD saw the highest annual growth in rental values in India, with current rentals at INR 125 per square foot per month (INR/sq.ft./mth) registering an annual growth of 9.4% in Q2 2019. Regionally, Bengaluru rental values saw the 5th strongest annual growth in rental values. Mumbai’s  BKC which registered growth of 5% y-o-y in Q2 2019 and was recorded at INR 300/sq.ft/mth. New Delhi’s Connaught Place recorded a rental value of INR 330/sq. ft/mth also recorded an annual rise of 1.4% in Q2 2019.

Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rental Index for Q2 2019
Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rental Index for Q2 2019

Indian office rents remained stable in Q2 as the market saw an influx of new supply in H1 2019; 23 million square feet (msf), a 31% year-on-year growth, was supplied during the period. The IT/ITeS sectors continue to absorb the lion’s share of new space coming online, accounting for 35% of all transacted volumes in H1 2019 but has started to show signs of slowing on lower corporate spending and moves towards in sourcing. However, this weakness has been offset by strong demand from co-working operators; co-working transaction volumes rose 42% year-on-year to 4 msqft in H1 2019.

KNIGHT FRANK ASIA-PACIFIC PRIME OFFICE RENTAL INDEX Q2 2019

Rank City District Rent
USD/sq m /month (Q2 2019)
12 months
% Y-o- Y change
(Q2 2018  – Q2 2019)
1 Melbourne CBD 39.8 16 %
2 Tokyo Central 5 Ward 116 12%
3 Bangkok CBD 35.3 10.4%
4 Singapore Raffles Place, Marina Bay 82.8 10.3%
5 Bengaluru CBD 19.4 9.4%
6 Manila Various 21.5 8.9%
7 Sydney CBD 66.5 5.4%
8 Mumbai BKC 46.9 5%
9 Brisbane CBD 35.5 2.5%
10 Taipei Downtown 27.2 2.2%
11 Guangzhou CBD 28.1 1.5%
12 NCR Connaught Place 51.5 1.4%
13 Perth CBD 34.9 1.2%
14 Phnom Penh City Centre 23.6 0.6%
15 Seoul CBD, GBD, YBD 29.4 0.1%
16 Hong Kong Central 219.7 -0.2%
17 Kuala Lumpur City Centre 15.1 -0.7%
18 Shanghai Puxi, Pudong 41.6 -1.1%
19 Beijing Various 52.9 -3.2%
20 Jakarta CBD 24.8 -10.8%

Source: Knight Frank Research // *Sanko Estate

The office markets of India have withstood headwinds from global and national economic conditions and depict an impressive growth story. The leasing volumes have grown consistently and are at historic highs, which indicates a high level of confidence that the corporate world has in the India story, especially from a long-term perspective. 

Bengaluru has maintained its prime growth market position with its CBD recording the 5th highest rental growth, further strengthening its position. BKC in Mumbai and Connaught Place in New Delhi have also seen growth in rental values, indicating continued interest for transaction from office end – users,said Shishir Baijal, Chairman & Managing Director, Knight Frank India.

Shishir further continued, “A strong commercial office market has been at the core of keeping India’s real estate story alive with global investors, who have, despite some slowdown in the residential markets, continued to explore investment opportunities in the market. Strong rental trends will be a force majeure for the growth of investments in this segment going forward.”

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