New Delhi’s Connaught Place Amongst The World’s Top Ten Most Expensive Office Markets

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New Delhi’s Connaught Place – CBD office market is listed amongst the TOP 10 Most Expensive Office Markets globally. This was revealed by CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd, which announced the findings of its annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey.

The report, tracks the cost of leasing prime office space globally and as per the report, New Delhi’s Connaught Place – CBD retains its ninth position in the list as last year and the office occupancy cost is valued atUD$ 143.97 per sq. ft. Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex and Nariman Point Central Business District ranked at 27th and 40th positions respectively. In the given position, the current annual prime rent of BKC is valued at US$ 90.67 per sq. ft and the CBD Nariman Point is valued at US$ 68.38 per sq. ft.

Further elaborating on the growth drivers and challenges in the office occupancy segment, Anshuman Magazine, Chairman and CEO, India, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa, CBRE – “Indian markets continued to have greater investment grade space in the CBDs of the different cities as prominent domestic and global corporates continued to favour investment grade space for setting up front offices in these cities. The commercial office market remains a strong growth propeller for the real estate sector and we are excited that Delhi, being a prime market, continues to witness sustained activity and retains its position amongst the Top 10 most expensive markets in the world”.

Highlighting Asia’s performance in the prime office space leasing segment, the report concluded that 6 of the world’s 10 most expensive office markets are found in Asia. For the second year, Hong Kong’s Central district retained the top spot as the world’s most expensive market for prime office rents, with the prime occupancy costs valued at US$ 322 per sq.ft.

The report underlines the growing significance of talent acquisition race, driving the prime occupancy cost to newer heights. This combined with limited supply and moderate construction pipelines in most cities are the driving forces behind the price growth. The report also suggests very minimal shifts in the Top 10 Most Expensive Market globally, with most countries demonstrating a firm hold on their global positioning as last year.


Top 10 Most Expensive Markets

(In US$ per sq. ft. per annum)

1 Hong Kong (Central), Hong Kong 322.00
2 London (West End), United Kingdom 222.70
3 Hong Kong (Kowloon), Hong Kong 208.67
4 New York (Midtown- Manhattan), US 196.89
5 Beijing (Finance Street), China 187.77
6 Beijing (CBD), China 177.05
7 New York (Midtown- South Manhattan), US 169.86
8 Tokyo (Marunouchi/Otemachi), Japan 167.82
9 New Delhi (Connaught Place-CBD), India 143.97
10 London (City), United Kingdom 139.75


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