Mumbai: The nation’s financial capital continues to slip on office rentals as Connaught Place in the heart of the national capital continues to remain the most expensive market in the country and the ninth-costliest in the world, says a report.
According to the bi-annual global prime office occupancy costs survey by realty consultant CBRE Group, New Delhi’s central business district of Connaught Place is the ninth-most expensive office market in the world with an occupancy cost of $153.89 per sq. ft per annum. This makes Connaught Place costlier than Dubai, downtown Boston and Shanghai. As against this, Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) is ranked 20th while the CBD of Nariman Point is ranked 33 on the list of the top 50 most expensive office markets around the world, said the CBRE report.
CBRE India & Southeast Asia chairman Anshuman Magazine said “despite Connaught Place having limited supply of prime office space, its location in the heart of the national capital, coupled with great infrastructure and connectivity to other parts of the city, makes it to be an ideal location for any business to be in". With the commercial real estate segment continuing to do well in the country, prime locations across the country, including Connaught Place and BKC and Nariman Point in Mumbai, continue to witness demand for prime office space from occupiers, he noted. According to the report, Central in Hong Kong and West End in London remain the two most expensive markets in the world, while the top 10 list remains largely consistent.
Central in Hong Kong is the world’s highest-priced office market with an overall occupancy cost of $302.51 per sq. ft per annum and with seven of the most expensive cities, Asia continues to dominate the list of the world’s most expensive office locations, according to the survey. Hong Kong (West Kowloon) ($190.02 per sq. ft) and Beijing (CBD) ($183.10 per sq. ft) also feature among the top five most expensive markets this year.
Global prime office occupancy costs, which reflect rentals plus local taxes and service charges for the highest quality, prime office properties, rose 1.9% year-on-year, which is lower than the growth rate in Q1 of 2016 (2.2%). On the other hand, occupancy costs in the Americas rose by 3.6%. Of the top 50 most expensive markets, 18 were in Asia-Pacific, 20 in Europe, West Asia and Africa, and 12 in the Americas.