Scott.Weber Workspace, which operates flexible serviced offices, coworking and event spaces, is expanding. In the new locations of The Park and Port7, it will offer 830 office spaces with an area of 7,322 m2, in addition to expanding the area in Atrium Flóra by another whole floor. The Park in Chodov is a campus of office buildings with exceptionally rich civic amenities. Due to the nature of the companies located there, the location is referred to as "Prague's Silicon Valley". On the contrary, Port7 is a newly built complex in Holešovice, which is considered to be the new Prague waterfront. And it is, for example, the only place in Prague that can be reached by seven modes of transport. The Atrium Flóra concept, where offices are located in a shopping center building, is being expanded by another floor due to its great popularity.
The volume of investment in commercial real estate in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in 2022 was approximately 10.7 billion euros. Although this is a year-on-year decrease of only 3.3%, compared to the situation before the pandemic, it is a reduction of more than 20%. At the same time, domestic capital was the most active with a 38% share of total transaction volumes. In the first half of 2023, commercial real estate markets will remain subdued due to significantly higher financing costs and the subsequent price correction currently taking place in both CEE and many other regions. Colliers experts estimate that in 2023 investment volumes in CEE could reach between 7.0 and 10.0 billion euros. This follows from a study by Colliers, a leader in the provision of diversified professional services in the field of commercial real estate and investment management.
The vacancy created by the demolition of a vacant apartment building on the corner of Milady Horákové and Koliště streets in the center of Brno will be filled in two years by an administrative building with a roof garden. The development company Trikaya named the project Landmark and wants to start construction in the first half of this year. This was stated by a representative of the development company for ČTK.
Palác Dunaj to welcome prestigious majority tenants. Zeitgeist Asset Management is behind the rapidly-progressing reconstruction of this iconic constructivist building in the centre of Prague on Národní třída. It has concluded a rental contract for 2,600 sq m of premium space with the European Commission Representation and European Parliament Liaison Office. The new premises will become a hub to obtain up-to-date information on what is happening in the EU, for gatherings to discuss European issues, and to further learning on the European Union. The interactive "Europa experience" centre to the general public will be a new feature, with the aim to bringing Europe closer to citizens in an attractive and engaging way.
Coworking and flexible offices are one of the few industries that have been significantly boosted by the coronavirus pandemic. Although HubHubu, the operator of two shared spaces in Prague, had its occupancy reduced to 50 percent during the strictest closures, this year it is reporting that it is practically occupied. One of the reasons is the hybrid work style, to which a significant part of companies have reoriented. Instead of startups, flexible offices are increasingly being rented by larger companies as well.
After three quarters this year, the Prague office market already exceeded the volume of transactions from the covid years 2020 and 2021. The year-on-year increase in gross and net realized demand, i.e. new contracts and their extensions, amounted to 38 percent. Office vacancy has fallen by 0.3 percentage points since the start of the year to 8.1 percent, and demand for flexible space is growing. Prices will increase in the coming year, which, according to representatives of construction and real estate companies, will be reflected in inflationary clauses in contracts and energy prices.
At the end of last week, the Crestyl Group won the award for the best office project in the 22nd CIJ Awards, for the DOCK IN FIVE administrative building. It was approved in May of this year and is the last part of the now complete DOCK district, which has grown up around two blind branches of the Vltava in Prague's Libni. The CIJ Awards are the longest running awards in the field of commercial real estate in the Czech Republic and are also awarded in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
The Prague office real estate market reached several records in the first nine months of 2022. It marked year-on-year records in the growth of new office space, record demand from tenants, and even much more office space was leased this year than a year earlier, according to JLL's regular quarterly analysis.
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