In the first quarter of 2018, the overall offer of office space in Bratislava reached almost 1.72 million square metres. The vacancy rate slightly decreased to 5.99 percent from 6.18 percent in the previous quarter. The lowest vacancy rate was in the Bratislava V district (3.22 percent), the highest in the Bratislava IV district (9.05 percent), the Slovak branch of the real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield reported on April 20 as cited by the SITA newswire.
The highest rental rates applied to new office units with the highest standards in prime locations in Bratislava (prime rent). It increased from €16 per square metre to €17 per square metre per month.
Transactions concluded during the first quarter of 2018 reached 27,000 square metres, which represents a 68 percent decrease in transactions compared to the previous quarter.
New rents in this quarter accounted for 32 percent of all transactions, pre-rent accounted for 31 percent, rent renegotiation accounted for 24 percent of all transactions and 13 percent concerned expansion.
No office building was completed during the first quarter of 2018 in Bratislava. But next quarter office projects Blumental Offices II, Einsteinova Offices and Westend Plazza are expected to be completed. They will offer more than 64,000 square meters of modern office space.
While the share of the market held by rental apartments in the countries of the European Union is between 19 and 62 percent, in Slovakia it is only about 6 percent. This negatively affects labour force mobility and housing for young families and handicapped citizens, the Benchmarking Information Exchange Project has discovered. The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) in Slovakia participated in the project and focused on the comparison of support for rental housing between Slovakia and the Czech Republic and Austria where the share of rental apartments on the market is 21 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
Slovaks are increasingly interested in recreational real estate. The demand has increased by 20 percent over the last year. The most wanted properties are cottages near Michalovce in eastern Slovakia.
Healthy offices providing a sustainable environment in terms of energy, as well as their surroundings, are a world trend that has not skipped Slovakia. There are a number of buildings that have already received or are applying for the world-renowned LEED, BREEAM, WELL or Fitwell certifications. One of them is the Einpark office building in Petržalka, which – as the first in Slovakia – has successfully completed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) pre-certification to the highest degree, Platinum.
The abandoned building of the former Lamač department store in Bratislava’s borough of the same name will return to life. The new owner, the investment group Dynastion, will revitalise it into the Karpatia centre. Apart from shops, it will house co-working offices and provide space for a youth community centre. The complex revitalisation of the building should start this autumn.
US real estate investment fund Heitman sold the Aupark Tower office building in Bratislava to the real estate fund of the investment bank Wood & Company in early June. The consultancy company CBRE, which mediated the deal, describes the transaction as the biggest on the Slovak office real-estate market for seven years. The price, however, was not disclosed.
While Bratislava already accommodates almost 30 shopping centres, another one is on the horizon. Macho Consulting, a company that has been devoted especially to residential projects in the past, will build Matrix Mall in the more or less industrial zone of Bratislava in the borough of Nové Mesto. The shopping centre on the corner of Magnetova and Vajnorská streets, close to the Vozovňa Nové Mesto depot, will offer retail and office space.
Trnava-based tycoon Vladimír Poór has sold the recently opened City Arena shopping centre in Trnava to Peter Korbačka, the head of the board of directors of the developer J&T Real Estate. The latter already owns the Eurovea shopping centre in Bratislava. Neither the price nor other details of the transaction have been disclosed.