CBD Office Shortage Looming for Melbourne

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h3. And Rentals are Set to Rise …

The recent boom period saw prime Office rentals in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth hit the $1,000 per sq metre mark. However, they have fallen dramatically from that peak, since mid-2008

Meanwhile, Melbourne has remained steady at around $750 per sq metre — mainly because most of its new development has occurred in pre-committed medium-rise buildings, within the Docklands precinct.

101 & 120 Collins Street

101 and 120 Collins Street

Furthermore, the Melbourne CBD Office market has absorbed the most space of all Australian capital cities during the past 12 months — reaching more than 100,000 sq metres, for the fifth consecutive year.

As such, a recent survey by Savills predicts Melbourne’s prime rentals are poised ready to surge over the next 3-4 years. And they could break through $1,000 per sq metre, in buildings like 101 & 120 Collins Street — due to a shortage of supply.

This offers you a great opportunity to refurbish older buildings to a high standard — avoiding the usual lead-time of 4 to 5 years needed for any newly constructed buildings.

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