The trend of more companies securing leases in new office development projects is being reinforced by an increasing number of companies looking to consolidate business operations. Observations from JLL indicate that a number of companies with business units scattered in different locations are now looking to consolidate their operations under one roof.
New office development projects in Bangkok slated to open later this year are experiencing strong pre-commitment levels, continuing a trend that began in 2013.
According to JLL’s Thailand Property Intelligence Centre, the Bangkok office market has enjoyed a single-digit average vacancy rate for the second consecutive year in 2015 and is currently standing at 9%.
Prime office buildings enjoy lower vacancies, averaging 7%
Healthy demand for space in new projects is being driven by large domestic and multi-national firms seeking to expand their office footprint, but being faced with limited options in existing buildings as vacancy rates in existing prime office buildings are near all-time lows, according to JLL, a professional services firm specializing in real estate.
One prime example is G Tower on Rama IX Road, the latest addition to The Grand Rama 9 New CBD project, an iconic mixed-use development by Grand Canal Land PCL.
Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance PCL is G Tower’s first major anchor tenant and will occupy nearly 15,000 sqm when the project completes later this year.
Secured by JLL, Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance’s relocation represents the largest office leasing transaction recorded in Bangkok in 2015. With several other major occupiers presently finalizing negotiations, G Tower should be nearly 100% pre-leased on opening.