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$2.2 billion spree buoys Brisbane office market

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$2.2 billion spree buoys Brisbane office market

The Brisbane office market, which has been slow to bounce back since the end of the mining boom in 2012, has finally swung into recovery mode following a $2.2 billion spree by investors, according to Savills Research.1

The upbeat assessment comes a month after BIS Oxford Economics urged caution against expectations that the worst was over, arguing that the office market remained in oversupply and that despite new lease deals being struck, absorption rates were minimal.

However, the latest Savills Research Q2-18 Office Quarter Time report sees the office building investment figures over FY18 as clear evidence that green shoots are finally emerging in the Brisbane market.

It says the sales have defied expectations of a softening over the past year with the fringe market posting close to $1 billion in sales. This compares with $796 million in sales a year ago.

“Sales in Brisbane’s fringe office markets were driven by interest from both foreign and domestic private investors driving up demand for assets in the $10 million to $50 million range, whilst domestic institutional investors were driving up demand for larger, more prized prime grade assets,” says Peter Chapple, Savills’ state director of capital transaction in Queensland.

“We expect this level of interest to increase considerably over the next six months as investors chase capital value growth relative to the other east coast markets.

“The Brisbane turnaround story is now taking shape, there is a genuine sense of improvement in the occupier markets and increased confidence from buyers looking to position themselves to take advantage of this dynamic.”

The strong sales performance in the fringe market has been bolstered by a robust CBD market, which recorded $1.2 billion in sales in FY18. This is up from $1.1 billion in FY17.

The surge in sales has led to a fall in Brisbane’s A-grade market yields which are down 0.5 percentage points to 6.15 per cent. Although tightening at a greater rate than southern capitals, they remain well above Sydney yields of 4.9 per cent and Melbourne at 5.2 per cent.

The soft point for the data was a lack of capital growth in the fringe market. However, the CBD market posted a rise of 4.4 per cent in capital values over FY18.

Shrabastee Mallik, Savills’ associate director of capital strategy and research, says there will always be a marked difference between the CBD and fringe market in Brisbane.

“However, given the proximity of the fringe market to the CBD and the ongoing renewal of Brisbane’s fringe office markets, the differences in prices and yields are much less pronounced than in other office markets nationally,” she says.

Meanwhile, Chapple says there is anecdotal evidence that investor interest in the office Brisbane market will boost overall investment volumes in the latter half of the calendar year.
He says the Brisbane office market is benefiting from some of Australia’s best labour market indicators as well as population and economic growth numbers.

However, BIS Oxford Economics is not banking on a Brisbane office recovery until the first half of 2020.

In a report titled Brisbane Commercial Property Prospects 2018-28 released last month, it argues that a buoyant market for investors is pushing new projects into the market earlier than needed.

BIS says Brisbane, with 300,000sqm of vacant space in the CBD, still has some of the highest office leasing incentives in Australia.

Source: www.businessnewsaus.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 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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