Occupier demand is evolving as workplace strategies change: CBRE

Occupier demand is evolving as workplace strategies change: CBRE
Occupier demand is evolving as workplace strategies change: CBRE

Demand from office occupiers is evolving, as revealed in CBRE’s 2016 Australia Occupier Survey, and CBRE expects to see further evidence of this demonstrated in leasing activity in 2017, according to CBRE’s latest report.

The survey targeted 100 large commercial occupiers throughout Australia across a broad range of industries to find out which factors are driving occupiers future real estate strategies.

People, technology and the new economic order are changing our approach to work and thus the concept of how, when and were we work.

This structural shift will increasingly impact on leasing decisions when considering location, building selection, workplace format, quality of building services and amenities, and the customer experience offering.

Occupiers identified consolidation, change of workplace format and growth as the top three real estate strategies they plan to implement in the next three years in order to drive their overall business strategy.

Cost continues to outpace other considerations as the most important factor in the real estate location/building selection decision.

Cost reductions are important to occupiers and rationalising space in a way to achieve this, with a focus on reviewing requirements beyond their current lease.

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Occupier demand is evolving as workplace strategies change: CBRE

Occupiers cited as key objectives for their future real estate strategy:

. Implementing more-flexible work practices through a new workplace format

. Reducing corporate footprint

. Increasing utilisation rates

From the survey, 57 percent of occupiers expected to increase their staff headcount by 2018 but only 22 percent plan to increase their net lettable area.

This will ultimately translate into more people in less space. The average workspace ratio is predicted to decrease by 5.5 percent as a result.

As businesses look to consolidate and change their workplace formats to achieve greater space utilisation rates, an efficient floorplate will be key in supporting these goals.

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