APPD Market Report Article


September 4, 2023

Dr Samantak Das, Head of Research, India


INR 148


Net absorption in 1H23 up by 25% y-o-y

  • Net absorption of around 3.32 million sq ft was recorded in 1H23, which was higher by 25% compared to the same period in 2022. The quarterly net absorption, though lower by 31% q-o-q, increased by 3% y-o-y. Strong occupier demand was observed in the IT/ITeS, BFSI and manufacturing segments.
  • Flex continued to make rapid strides, led by the demand for managed workspaces, which resulted in a share of 17% in gross leasing for the quarter. In 2Q23, Gurgaon recorded the highest net absorption with a share of 49%, followed by Noida with a 32% share in the quarterly net absorption figures.

New supply addition of 1.05 million sq ft in 2Q23

  • The quarterly supply addition stood at 1.05 million sq ft, with five completions recorded in 2Q23. Gurgaon contributed significantly to new supply with a 45% share, while Noida was close behind with a 42% share, and the rest was in Delhi SBD. One of the prominent completions included DLF Tech Park in Noida, which came on-stream with a 54% pre-commitment level.
  • The average pre-commitment rate for new completions stood at 37%. Over the next six months, there is a projected supply of 2.95 million sq ft, most of it lined up for Gurgaon and Noida. Delhi SBD will also see the completion of a quality office project by an established developer in 2023.

Rents move up, driven by quality assets

  • On a q-o-q basis, rents showed a strengthening trend in quality projects with low vacancy levels and backed by institutional owners. Steady growth in rents is expected in the medium term as developers are commanding/quoting higher rents for new phases of existing projects as well.
  • Net absorption in quality assets is likely to continue outpacing available supply in the near term, causing vacancy rates to decline and thereby giving a fillip to rent growth. However, the vacancy levels of strata sold and poorly managed projects will likely remain high, causing their rents to stagnate.

Outlook: Strong leasing activity expected, led by quality supply

  • As office occupancy levels are rising and upbeat occupier sentiment is seen across industry segments, the outlook remains bright for the office market. Leasing activity is expected to remain strong, led by quality supply from big developers in prime business districts.
  • About 5.8 million sq ft of office space is expected to complete in 2023. Strong space take-up activity is anticipated in the second half of 2023 as well, resulting in a projected net absorption of 5.5–5.6 million sq ft for the full year.

Note: Delhi Office refers to Delhi NCR's overall Grade A office market.

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