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H1 2023 Asia Pacific Flexible Office Market

June 15, 2023

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  • The Asia Pacific flex space market continues to display stable growth, with the total volume of flexible office space in the region reaching 87 million sq. ft. as of March 2023, an increase of 6% from September 2022.

 

  • New flex space supply in Delhi NCR and Bangalore accelerated from 2022, with the two cities witnessing the addition of a combined 3.1 million sq. ft. of stock in Q1 2023. With leasing by flex space operators remaining robust in Q1 2023, the pace of new flex centre openings over the remainder of the year in these two markets is expected to be brisk. Weaker markets included Melbourne, where the potential insolvency of a local flex space operator resulted in a drop in flex office stock.

 

  • Flex office penetration in the overall office market was steady at about 4% as of the end of March 2023. The proportion of flex space in Grade A office stock continued to increase, rising to 3.5% from 3.1% in September 2022, reflecting strong demand from flex space operators seeking to upgrade their centres to Grade A office buildings.

 

  • Ongoing economic uncertainty is strengthening the importance of portfolio flexibility and prompting a greater focus on cost management, driving occupier demand for flex space. CBRE’s 2023 Asia Pacific Occupier Survey found that more than half of respondents believe their portfolios to be under-allocated to flexible office space and intend to increase their use of it.

 

  • Other key trends observed by CBRE in H1 2023 include tech firms’ continued dominance of usership of flex office space; CapEx concerns driving a preference for dedicated space such as enterprise solutions and strong demand for event space and access passes.

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