Sydney remains strong in industrial property sector: Herron Todd White

Sydney remains strong in industrial property sector: Herron Todd White
Sydney remains strong in industrial property sector: Herron Todd White

Sydney's industrial sector has had a strong 2015 in which the emergence and recovery of the sector throughout 2013 and 2014 has been consolidated, according to the valuation firm Herron Todd White.

Some of the Sydney’s highest performing areas continue to include the South Sydney region which remains the beneficiary of the increasing shift of older style industrial facilities into more high-tech accommodation, the latest HTW report suggests.

"The demand for this type of stock has seen capital rates increase throughout the calendar year, with smaller stock achieving rates up to and above $3,500 per square metre.

"Larger industrial holdings within this precinct benefit from their proximity to the Port Botany precinct, which appears to be one of the main drivers of demand in this sector."

The report goes on to state that the gentrification of industrial precincts in close proximity to the Sydney CBD such as South Sydney, as well as Sydney’s ever steady push to the west is resulting in the emergence of industrial precincts such as Marsden Park, Eastern Creek, Erskine Park and the like developing into strong contenders in the Sydney industrial market.

"Demand levels have increased in these areas progressively over the past few years, though with the ongoing completion of infrastructure in these locations, demand has continued to strengthen in 2015 with a number of national distribution facilities setting up in this region (Woolworths, Linfox, BlueScope Steel)."

The HTW review adds that the Sutherland Shire/St George industrial sector has witnessed capital rate increases over 2015 with torrens and strata title properties commonly achieving rates over and above $2,000 per square metre.

"The strength of this market is driven by a dominant owner occupier sector, with a strong presence of local tradesmen occupying this precinct.

"Generally speaking, industrial yields have fallen, in keeping with all sectors across the Sydney property market."

The report concludes by explaining the fall in yields in consistent with the historically low interest rates and an increase in capital values while rental rates have largely remained stable.

"Larger prime assets are typically achieving yields ranging between 7.5% and 9%, dependent on size, while smaller assets have fallen to the 5% to 7% range."


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