Vacancy is falling and rents are lifting in Brisbane’s fringe office market amid jobs growth and a turnaround in tenant activity resulting in tightening supply.
After a number of years of relatively poor market conditions, the fringe office leasing market is now back on track with strengthening rents and lower vacancies, with engineering, IT and property businesses dominating leasing activity.
According to commercial real estate agency Knight Frank prime effective rents grew by 8.2 per cent in the year to April 2019 with the absence of any major new supply for the following 12 months will allow vacancy to fall to 11.2 per cent by mid-2020.
The inner-south office precinct remains as the tightest office market in the region with vacancy rates of 10 per cent, with the forecast supply holding steady over the next 12 to 24 months with limited near-term supply on the horizon.
“Effective rental growth of 4 per cent per year on average is expected over the next two years as conditions improve,” Knight Frank partner office leasing Shane Van Beest said.
Queensland and Brisbane’s economic growth is now set to outperform the southern states due to population growth, infrastructure investment and exposure to export industries.
“This will result in employment growth, which will assist to accelerate rental demand in the fringe office market, with Brisbane employment within core office industries estimated to grow by 5.73 per cent during the 2018-19 financial year,” Van Beest said.
“Public administration and professional, scientific and technical services expected to have the greatest growth.”
Van Beest said net absorption in the Brisbane fringe office market over the first half of 2019 is forecast to be double the levels seen in the second half of 2018 at 24,500 square metres.
“On the ground, the market feels a lot tighter than the figures actually suggest with strong tenant enquiry and activity.”
“Already contiguous space over 4,000 or 5,000sq m is very hard to find in the near city which is a sign that the market could tighten up quicker than most people expect.”
“There has been steady take-up throughout the year with tenants new to the market a welcome boost.”
Tenants such as WSP, Southern Cross Media, DXC, Downer Defence, Ladbrokes and CPB Consortium have taken up space; these were either new to the fringe or consolidations from other precincts.
Record investment in Brisbane’s fringes
Knight Frank head of commercial sales Christian Sandstrom said there was record investment in Brisbane’s fringe office market, reflecting the greater interest in Brisbane as an investment destination.
“In the 2019 financial year transactions totalled $1.048 billion, and a number of further sales are likely to complete prior to the end of the financial year,” Sandstrom said
“The dominance of purchasing activity by domestic funds has continued in the 2019 financial year, with $805.1 million of transactions in the year to date.”
Offshore funds accounted for 42 per cent of purchasing activity in both the 2017 and 2018 financial years, the activity of major domestic listed and unlisted funds has restricted this to 26 per cent in the current financial year.
Fringe prime yields continued to tighten, down a further 35 basis points over the past year and remained firmly on a tightening cycle, with median yields down 35 basis points over the past year and 260 basis points in this cycle.
Double Bay mansion hits market with jaw-dropping $28 million price guide
A sprawling mansion in Double Bay has hit the market with an eye-watering $28 million price guide.
Representing one of the largest private landholdings in the uber-affluent locale, 11 Pinehill Avenue is being offered for sale for the first time in over 50 years.
The staggering abode is spread over a scarcely believable 2300-square-metre parcel of blue-chip land, tucked away at the end of a quiet, leafy cul de sac.
The main residence is a breathtaking two-story Federation home with great bones and a resoundingly charming aesthetic.
Boasting a total of six bedrooms and four bathrooms, the abode’s interior has, however, been refurbished and redesigned to present as a much more contemporary and functional proposition.
Features include an expansive formal lounge area, formal dining room, a bar, wine cellar, study, library, professional kitchen, and a master suite with his and hers walk-in robes.
Outside, manicured grounds and established flora are complemented by an expansive pool, spa and lounge area, as well as a lock-up two-car garage.
The eye-watering asking price may sound patently absurd to some. However, considering Double Bay’s median house price currently sits at a not unsubstantial $6.5 million, just the sheer size of the block is probably enough to warrant an asking price nearly four times as much as the median.
And, according to Domain’s data, the platinum postcode’s property witnessed skyrocketing values over the course of 2021, up 52.4 per cent compared to 2020.
So, there’s every chance that, if things in Australia’s hottest property market keep going the way they have been, 11 Pinehill Avenue may well be worth a lot more in just a few short years, crazy as that may sound.
Article source: www.domain.com.au
Hutchinson Builders takes over Cbus Brisbane tower that broke Probuild
Hutchinson Builders will take over the completion of Cbus Property’s troubled residential development in Brisbane, one of most problematic projects for failed construction contractor Probuild.
The awarding of the contract was widely expected, as family-owned Hutchies, the largest Queensland-based builder, was seen as the only contractor capable of taking on the 47-level project.
“Since commencing preliminary works on site three weeks ago, Cbus Property, together with Hutchinson Builders, continues to finalise subcontractor negotiations and prepare a revised construction programme,” Cbus Property chief executive Adrian Pozzo said on Monday.
“Once finalised, we will provide an update to purchasers with a more definitive completion timeline.”
Chairman Scott Hutchinson told The Australian Financial Review in early March he was “quietly hoping” to pick up the job and the announcement makes it second time lucky for the company that came second to Probuild in the 2017 race for the project.
But the project turned into such a drag for the business that Probuild parent WBHO said last year – long before putting the company into administration in February this year – that the project had racked up a $48 million loss.
Sydney-based Roberts Co has acquired Probuild’s Victorian projects and Built has taken over Dexus’ 25 Martin Place project in Sydney. The future of Greaton’s Ribbon project at Sydney’s Darling Harbour is still not clear.
Article source: www.afr.com
Tech Entrepreneur Disrupts With Shop-Top Development Proposal
The flames on the fryers at the Palm Beach Fish & Chips Shop, a roadside institution on Sydney’s northern beaches, flickered off months ago.
But tech rich-lister Robin Khuda is still feeling the heat.
The demolition crew has come and gone, levelling the site where locals along with movie stars, rock stars and sporting heroes had once placed their salt-sprinkled orders.
A development battle line—with a pristine view over Pittwater—has been drawn.
On one side is the wealthy founder of data centre operator AirTrunk who wants to build a shop-top residential development adjoining the landmark heritage-listed Barrenjoey House.
On the other side is a local community—much of it also cashed-up—fighting to protect the peninsula’s village vibe.
Khuda, who has been on a $120-million-plus property acquisition spree over the past couple of years, purchased the 1140sq m Barrenjoey Road site through his investment entity Asia Digital Investments for $6 million.
Since then, he has been seeking to amend the site’s existing development approval granted in 2014 for four apartments and three retail tenancies.
Last year, an application for modification of the development consent was lodged with the Northern Beaches Council for a three-level design with six apartments above retail.
But following community backlash and council feedback deeming it “unacceptable and inconsistent with the seaside village character” of the area it was withdrawn.
Design firm Rob Mills Architecture went back to the drawing board to address the concerns regarding the proposal’s architectural style, appearance and relationship to the adjoining heritage listed Barrenjoey House.
Subsequently, a new application for an alternative shop-top concept—to be constructed at an estimated cost of about $13.6 million—was recently filed.
It comprises a three-storey building with pitched rather than flat roof forms that according to the documents is “both sympathetic to its context and contemporary in its use of materials and forms in response to local climate and the seaside village character”.
The new scheme includes a publicly-accessible plaza and “deep and generously proportioned” colonnade providing weather-protected outdoor seating adjacent to the commercial tenancies on the ground level.
It is topped with five residences—one two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments on the first level, and two four-bedroom apartments on the second level.
The new application concedes the upper-level roof eaves exceed the site’s 8.5m height blanket by as much as 2.99m in some parts and a height variation request has been submitted.
“We consider that such request is well-founded in that it facilitates the development of the site in a manner which provides far superior urban design, heritage conservation, residential amenity and landscape outcomes compared to the development approved,” the planning report said.
A submitted heritage impact statement noted the proposed new building was “similar in height and scale to Barrenjoey House” and although contemporary in character it “demonstrates respect for the key forms, architectural proportions and materiality” of its 99-year-old neighbour.
It concluded the proposed works would have “no impact on the ability to understand the significance of the nearby heritage listed items” and would support “the ongoing significance of the area as a neighbourhood precinct”.
Numerous submissions objecting to the new scheme already have been lodged by the local community.
They describe the proposal as a monstrosity, imposing, grossly out of character and, according to the owner of a property behind the site, even higher than the previous proposal.
“It is a bulky building that not only flaunts height restrictions but is of an ugly, pretentious post-modern design; a complete anachronism,” one of the objections said. “With heavy neo-classical porticos and and a pitched federation roofline it is not at all sympathetic to the site and the lifestyle of the area.”
But one of the submissions begged to differ describing it as “a beautiful asset to the already beautiful Palm Beach area”.
“We can’t keep living in the past and not let these beautifully designed buildings be built,” it added.
Khuda—who has amassed a $600 million fortune as a data centre entrepreneur—in recent times has been satisfying a newfound penchant for high-end property investment and development.
His property splurge has included a total of three holdings in Palm Beach for $25 million as well as a coastal retreat in Lennox Head for $7 million, an apartment in Crown Resorts’ Barangaroo tower for $10.7 million and a Mosman mansion for close to $20 million.
The AirTrunk chief executive has also acquired two old apartment blocks at Manly’s North Steyne for $18.2 million, which are earmarked for another luxury apartment development.
Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com
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