Freehold industrial land in ATC reaches critical shortage: Colliers International

Freehold industrial land in ATC reaches critical shortage: Colliers International
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

Freehold industrial land in Brisbane’s Australia TradeCoast (ATC) has reached critical shortage with only circa 151 hectare (1 hectare sites or above) identified as vacant and available for industrial development on a freehold basis. 

As per the latest Colliers International research report, this represents less than 25% of the estimated land supply within the ATC precinct over the medium term, and it is located reoutside the Port of Brisbane and the Brisbane Airport. Leasehold land availability, on the other hand, shows relatively good supply of up to 455 hectares over the long term, representing 75% of the land available for industrial development.

“Whilst the Federal and State Governments retain ownership of the land at the Airport and the Port, the leasehold tenure inhibits direct investment by industrial operators or external investment vehicles,” Anthony White, National Director of Industrial at Colliers International said.

“Brisbane Airport Corporation and Port of Brisbane have proved to be highly capable and competitive industrial developers, primarily offering a solution to specific market sectors like corporate occupiers looking at long-term warehousing, container parks and airfreight facilities.

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Freehold industrial land in ATC reaches critical shortage: Colliers International

“Current road and air infrastructure investment of circa $2 billion supports the precinct’s growth potential and would provide a competitive advantage for logistic operators. However, we agree with recent commentary that a dedicated rail connectivity to the precinct will be crucial to take pressure off South East Queensland arterial road networks.

“Currently, it is not viable for the Port operators to utilise inland rail as it stops 38km from the Port. The lack of freehold land opportunities within proximity to this infrastructure does provide another compelling argument for the construction of a dedicated freight rail connection to the Port,” White said. 

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Freehold industrial land in ATC reaches critical shortage: Colliers International

Karina Salas, Research Manager at Colliers International said that based on historical take up rates, the ATC has industrial-zoned land supply (leasehold and freehold) to at least 2033, but it could be extended to approximately 2042. 

“Pinkenba is the main location for future freehold industrial developments in the ATC, with circa 45 hectares of developable industrial-zoned land. Over the next 15 to 24 years, more than 75% of the land available for industrial development would be offered on a leasehold basis.

“In terms of land values, ATC remains the most expensive South East Queensland industrial market, at an average price of $415/sqm as at September this year. Land values are likely to continue to experience moderate to solid growth over the years ahead supported by the forecast population growth in South East Queensland and the limited industrial-zoned land available for future development on a freehold basis.  

“Leasing activity within the precinct is forecast to remain solid, even though ATC is expected to remain the most expensive location for tenants, reporting average prime net face rents of $118/sqm compared to Brisbane offering average prime net face rents in the range of $103 to $111/sqm in different locations,” Salas said.

White also highlighted that occupiers are increasingly looking towards a total cost of occupation model with transport costs being a key driver.

ATC provides great access to major motorways which is key for distribution users, and the Port of Brisbane has always been a hotspot given the massive infrastructure spend over the past decade. Because of this, distribution operators continue to relocate to the precinct as it is a more viable option for them long term.

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