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Demand For Industrial Property Drives Building Approvals North

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DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY DRIVES BUILDING APPROVALS NORTH

trial building approval values grew by more than 15 per cent in the year to February 2018. Photo: Supplied

Unprecedented demand for warehouses and a renaissance in some areas of manufacturing have driven industrial building approvals through the roof.

The increasing reliance on online shopping from traditional retailers, as well as the rise of online-only e-tailers like Amazon, have pushed up demand for distribution centres, especially in locations linked to key motorways and transport hubs.

Many investors are looking north to Brisbane for better returns, as Sydney becomes more land-constrained and yields continue to tighten.

More than $535 million worth of approvals were granted nationally for industrial developments in February alone, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, released on Wednesday, shows. That figure had surged by more than 100 per cent from the previous month.

Total industrial property, including factories and warehouses, recorded an uplift in approval values of more than 15 per cent in the 12 months to February 2018 – the strongest growth across the commercial asset classes.

DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY DRIVES BUILDING APPROVALS NORTH
Leda Holdings has paid $36 million for a 1.85-hectare industrial site in Sydney’s Banksmeadow. Photo: Supplied

AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said the strong interest in the industrial property sector “comes back to e-commerce activity”.

“I think rents are rising very strongly so that’s encouraged a pick-up in approvals for industrial complexes or warehouses.”

While most industrial construction approvals were for warehouses, it was factories which saw the most dramatic uplift in approval values, with year-on-year growth of 117 per cent – with a 300-per-cent surge from January to February.

Colliers International’s head of industrial research Sass J-Baleh said the Australian food manufacturing and cold storage sectors have and will continue to see strong growth in the next few years, thanks to expansion in the food sector.

“It is important to note that there are many sub-sectors within the overall manufacturing industry and that although historic headline figures have shown an unfavourable trend in manufacturing, there are definitely sub-sectors that have demonstrated recent growth,” she said.

This aligns with the Australian Industry Group’s latest Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index, which hit a record high of 63.1. A PMI above 50 indicates an expansion in overall manufacturing activity.

The value of all non-residential building approvals grew by 4.4 per cent in the 12 months to February 2018 – to more than $3.58 billion worth of approvals. It climbed back by 14.8 per cent in February from the previous month.

Master Builders Australia’s Matthew Pollock expects non-residential building activity to grow by 14.6 per cent in 2018, with an estimated $41.5 billion worth of projects to be completed.

“(The upswing in approvals) confirms the strongest outlook that commercial construction has enjoyed in years and that the long awaited upturn in the sector is underway,” he said.

Brisbane “riding upswing” market

DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY DRIVES BUILDING APPROVALS NORTH
An industrial site at 14-26 Commercial Road, Kingsgrove is tipped to fetch about $15 million. Photo: Supplied

Research released by Cushman and Wakefield on Thursday reveals that the volume of investment in industrial property has increased nationally by 38 per cent to $982 million in the three months to March 31.

Cushman and Wakefield’s head of research Dominic Brown said that Brisbane had been the strong performer in the past few quarters, where more investors were looking at the recovery in that market.

The combined three-year investment volume for Brisbane – at $1.1 billion – is at its highest level since the third quarter of 2015.

“In Queensland, it was still in negative territory until about two years ago and it’s only in the past couple of years that it’s returned to positive economic growth,” he said.

“If you think of where pricing is at in the three cities, investors are now looking towards Brisbane as they see it as a growth opportunity, whereas pricing in Melbourne and Sydney have moved forward quite a long way over the past couple of years.”

While Mr Brown’s outlook for Brisbane remains positive, he noted that discrepancies between vendor and buyer price expectations could limit future investment activity.

Sydney has recorded the lowest three-year investment volume of $869 million among the three eastern seaboard capital cities because of limited stock and declining returns.

The highest result was achieved by Melbourne, where $1.2 billion worth of deals went through in the past three years. But the Cushman and Wakefield report noted that transactions in that market “has been largely flat over the past 18 months… due to lack of available stock”.

Despite this, capital values of vacant land in Melbourne shot up 36 per cent year-on-year.

Source: www.commercialrealestate.com.au

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Singapore Logistics Trust Snaps Up Coles Distribution Centre

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Singapore Logistics Trust Snaps Up Coles Distribution Centre

Singapore Logistics Trust Snaps Up Coles Distribution Centre. Singapore real estate investment giant Mapletree its maiden Brisbane asset, a Coles distribution centre in the city’s south west for $105 million.

Mapletree’s Singapore-listed logistics trust picked up the 55,739sq m Heathwood asset on a 5.7 per cent yield.

The purchase brings Mapletree’s Australian portfolio to 10 assets of more than S$600 million ($613m).

Demand for Australian logistics property is offsetting an otherwise dour property market, with the e-commerce boom driving high demand in the large format logistics space.

Brisbane’s industrial sector has seen vacancy rates drop by 3 per cent over the last quarter, as larger tenants compete for limited space, according to a recent Knight Frank Brisbane industrial vacancy report.

 

Singapore Logistics Trust Snaps Up Coles Distribution Centre

Mapletree’s listed logistics trust has snapped up a Coles distribution 28km south-west of Brisbane.

Mapletree logistics trust chief executive Ng Kiat said that the acquisition would provide a stable and growing income to its unitholders.

The massive Coles distribution complex sits on a 151,600sq m land parcel with the opportunity to yield an additional gross floor area of up to 19,000 square metres.

The centre is located along the Logan Motorway 28 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.

“Brisbane’s logistics market poised to benefit from several major infrastructure developments [such as] Brisbane Airport’s second runway, the inland rail connecting Melbourne and Brisbane, and various rail and intersection upgrade projects,” Mapletree said.

Coles has a remaining lease term of 4.3 years until January 2023.

Mapletree has four Singapore-listed real estate investment trusts and six private real estate funds, with a S$46.3 billion ($47bn) portfolio of assets in the UK, USA and Asia Pacific.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Developer Lodges Plans for 138 Apartments in Brisbane’s Middle Ring

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Developer Lodges Plans for 138 Apartments in Brisbane’s Middle Ring

Developer Lodges Plans for 138 Apartments in Brisbane’s Middle Ring

Developer Lodges Plans for 138 Apartments in Brisbane’s Middle Ring. Developer Keylin Group has lodged plans with Brisbane City Council for a $75 million residential development in Brisbane middle ring suburb Upper Mount Gravatt.

The subject site, located at 22-40 Dawson Road, comprises 10 lots on a 4860sq m parcel of land.

The proposal, designed by architect Group GSA, is grouped into three separate buildings along Dawson Road, stepping down in height from seven, six and five levels.

 

Dawson Road Site

Developer Lodges Plans for 138 Apartments in Brisbane’s Middle Ring

Keylin Group’s Louis Cheung said the group is a big believer of Brisbane’s growth in the middle ring.

The developer says the project is planned in a thriving precinct with a “record growth rate and a high rental demand and yield”.

The development will comprise a total of 138 units offering a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments, with the project itself split across two stages.

Historically, Cheung says the trend in development for the area has catered towards the investor market.

“The design of this project focuses more on the owner occupier market, with a large portion offering three bedroom apartments,” Cheung told The Urban Developer.

“One of the key components for the development is car parking and ample storage areas. More than 50 per cent of our two bedroom apartments have two car parks, a point of difference to your typical offering.”

“Throughout the design process we have referenced the New World City Design Guide: Buildings That Breath document and where possible integrated philosophies and key elements into the design,” GSA said in their design statement.

 

The proposal has been grouped into three separate buildings along Dawson Road. Building three will be constructed within the first stage and buildings one and two to be constructed in the second stage.

The proposal has been grouped into three separate buildings along Dawson Road. Building three will be constructed within the first stage and buildings one and two to be constructed in the second stage.

The precinct is close to existing infrastructure such as Griffith University, QEII Jubilee Hospital and Brisbane Technology Park and has proximity to public transport, the M1 and the proposed Brisbane Metro which is set to benefit the area.

The Mount Gravatt area is considered a key economic hub roughly 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, with estimates it will deliver more than 10,000 jobs by 2031.

Other nearby developments include an eight-storey residential building by Brisbane-based developer Opalyn Property Group, which will comprise 67 apartments.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

 

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Healthy Demand for Large Format Industrial in Brisbane

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Healthy Demand for Large Format Industrial in Brisbane

Strong demand in Brisbane’s A-grade industrial sector has seen vacancy rates drop by 3 per cent over the quarter, according to latest research.

Healthy Demand for Large Format Industrial in Brisbane. The 3 per cent drop over the three months to October reflects a 2.8 per cent decrease over the past year as larger tenants compete for limited space, according to Knight Frank’s Brisbane Industrial Vacancy report.

Knight Frank’s Mark Clifford said tenants with larger requirements were very active, with the improvement in A-grade vacancy for the quarter largely due to speculative space absorption.

The company recently negotiated more than 48,900sq m of leases across six assets in a six-week span.

“These deals have been for existing A-grade facilities, above 5000sq m in size, with the tenants being large scale businesses either expanding or looking for efficiencies in their warehousing and distribution strategy by occupying newer well-designed facilities,” he said.

The report found the improvement in vacancy in the A-grade market dropped by 18 per cent to 227,161sq m, in contrast to available secondary accommodation which increased by 18 per cent to 238,921sq m.

Due to limited existing or speculative stock, Knight Frank Partner Chris Wright said there would be a greater focus on design and construct options.

“We don’t expect tenant demand to slow down, with all the fundamentals in the market being positive including the Queensland economy and population growth ticking along, upcoming infrastructure projects and reasonable business confidence.

“But it’s going to be hard for tenants to find existing buildings of 5000sq m plus.

“This has to translate into more activity in the design and construct sector at key industrial land estates. We are going to start seeing some spec activity as well given the healthy demand for 5000sq m plus.”

Related: Futuristic Warehouses, E-Commerce Drives Industrial Market

Source: Urban Developer – Healthy Demand for Large Format Industrial in Brisbane

 

 

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