Between January and the end of September the letting business was very brisk, and several companies, such as Dataport, Haspa Bank and VTG signed agreements for extensive amounts of space. Because other firms were actively seeking large office suites, the estate agency sector was optimistic in autumn that 2022 would set a new record. However, in posting take-up of 100,000 m² the 4th quarter fell far below expectations. Nevertheless, the business of letting offices in Hamburg closed 2022 with a very good result that was 15 % higher than in 2021. Latest figures from Grossmann & Berger (G&B), member of German Property Partners (GPP), show total take-up for the year at 565,000 m². This was 8 % higher than the ten-year average (from 2013 to 2022) of 522,000 m². “Several firms requiring large amounts of space were unable to conclude an agreement in the fourth quarter and will continue negotiations in 2023. These uncompleted deals lead us to expect the year to start vigorously,” forecasts the spokesperson for the G&B management board, Andreas Rehberg.
Details office letting market Hamburg:
- In 2022 there were 19 large-volume agreements for offices in Hamburg, compared with eleven in 2021. Their share of the total volume was around 36 %. The agreements signed by Dataport and Haspa for large amounts of space were the two biggest of the year and the second and third-largest ever seen in Hamburg.
- Typically for Hamburg, the take-up of space was fairly evenly divided across all sectors of industry. Primarily due to the Dataport agreement, the IT sector was strongly represented, with 18 % of total take-up.
- “Many companies took care in 2022 to secure top premises in excellent locations,” remarks Rehberg. “They are thus able to offer their employees an attractive working environment and improve their chance of winning the battle for skilled personnel.” Therefore 23 agreements fell into the rental price segment of €30/m²/month, significantly more than in 2021 when the total was six.
- By the end of the year both the average rent, weighted by area, and the premium rent remained settled at a high level The average rent might fall slightly in 2023 when more mid-sized companies start to look for premises. In general they are rather more price-conscious.
- Letting was concentrated in the City and HafenCity sub-markets. Year on year these two top locations increased their share of the market from 34 % to 43 %. City South’s share of take-up rose to 15 % as this less expensive location also offered many properties of new-build standard (2021: 11 %).
- The short-term supply of available space grew by 4.4 % year on year and is set to increase further during the year. The volume of new-build completions is likely to peak in 2023. “In the medium term construction activity will lessen. Developers will erect fewer buildings on speculation in view of the difficult business environment caused by shortages of materials and the high costs of construction and borrowing. A relatively high pre-let ratio will then become the general rule,” predicts Rehberg.
An overview of the top deals and all relevant market figures can be found in the press release for download.
Please note that the figures of this text version differ from those included in the press release published on January 4th due to late registration.
The Market survey office letting in Hamburg 2022/Q4 is available to download from our website.