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Office space renewals gaining pace post-pandemic; NCR, Bengaluru most resilient office markets


GURUGRAM, OCT 27, 2021

Occupiers are increasingly renewing their office spaces since April 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic started, a Colliers’ and Propstack’s joint report “Evolving office space trends in a post-pandemic world” says.

Renewals for office spaces accounted for 23 percent of the total leasing during the 15-month period starting April 2020 which is up 8 percentage points from the 15-month period pre-pandemic till March 2020.

After Mumbai, Bengaluru witnessed the highest share of term renewals post-pandemic.

“Occupiers are using the current favourable market dynamics to negotiate renewals. They are looking at more flexibility in leases too. Occupiers’ decisions are quicker than last year, with a focus on new-generation offices. Re-entry of employees has started in India, with many companies planning to get back more employees from January 2022. This will prompt occupiers to make leasing decisions quicker,” said Ramesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer, India & Managing Director, Market Development, at Colliers India.

“Occupiers are gradually getting back to their offices, but high-density office space may be a trend that has peaked. COVID-19 may also accelerate a trend from leasing office space in the CBD to suburbs. Corporates will face a challenge to design and modify existing office space to support a company’s established culture while following the new health protocols & yet promote social interaction and collaboration,” said Raja Seetharaman, Co-founder, Propstack.

Delhi NCR and Bengaluru emerged as the most resilient cities in the office markets post-pandemic, as per the report. Compared to 15 months pre-pandemic, these two cities saw the lowest decline in leasing in the 15 months post April 2020.

The leasing in Bengaluru was led by the IT sector, followed by the BFSI sector. In Bengaluru, BFSI sector’s share in leasing rose to 12 percent in the months post-pandemic, up 6 percentage points from pre-pandemic levels. In NCR, the IT sector’s leasing improved post-pandemic.

Overall, total leasing declined 39% in the 15 months post-pandemic. Southern cities accounted for 52 percent of the leasing post-pandemic.

Global and domestic BFSI firms expanded their real estate footprint post-pandemic. BFSI firms accounted for 15 percent of the total share in leasing post pandemic, from 10 percent share before. Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai witnessed traction from BFSI companies led by global in-house centers, and insurance firms. Mumbai saw BFSI sector overtaking the IT sector’s leasing post pandemic.

Overall, co-working leasing share fell to 4 percent as operators avoided speculative development, post pandemic.

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