January 8, 2020

Another Strong Year of Take-Up
with Healthy Carryover into 2020


January 8th, 2020 - Property consultants CBRE Ireland have today released figures for the volume of office leasing activity recorded in Dublin during 2019. According to the property consultants, almost 110,000 square metres of office leasing transactions were signed in the Dublin market during the last quarter of 2019, bringing total office take-up in 2019 to an impressive 302,594m2.

While down approximately 17% on the record volume of transactional activity recorded in 2018, a number of transactions simply didn’t sign by year-end and will now carry over into Q1 2020.
In total, there were 63 office transactions signed in Dublin during Q4 bringing the total number of office deals signed in the capital during 2019 to 199, compared to 239 in 2018. All of the 10 largest lettings completed in Dublin during Q4 2019 were expansions.

Dublin Office Take-Up 2009-2019

There were 8 pre-letting transactions signed in Q4 2019 that between them accounted for more than 60% of Dublin’s take-up during the final quarter of the year. 26 of the 63 office transactions signed in Dublin during Q4 were to Irish companies, accounting for 19% of Q4 take-up between them. Meanwhile, there were 20 transactions to US companies completed in Q4, accounting for 73% of leasing activity in the quarter. In addition, there were 8 lettings to UK companies signed in Q4 2019.

Encouragingly, demand stood at a healthy 432,172m2 at the end of December, having increased quarter-on-quarter despite the healthy volume of activity recorded during 2019. This bodes well for 2020. According to CBRE, 71% of requirements at the end of Q4 2019 were specifically focussed on buildings in Dublin city centre. In total, 22% of leasing activity in the capital during 2019 occurred in the suburbs of the city.

Lettings to computers and technology tenants accounted for 58% of take-up in Dublin in Q4 and 34% of overall take-up in Dublin in 2019.

The overall rate of vacancy in Dublin fell in Q4 2019 to 5.05%, down from 5.32% in Q3.

Read the 2019 Q4 Office Marketview Report here

CBRE will next week be releasing their OUTLOOK 2020 report, containing their predictions for the Irish commercial property market in the year ahead.


About CBRE

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2018 revenue). The company has more than 90,000 employees (excluding affiliates) and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 480 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

CBRE U.C., (CBRE Ireland) registered in Ireland, no. 316570. PSRA Licence No. 001528 is the country’s largest commercial real estate services company with offices in Dublin and Cork. Currently employing over 150 employees, we work with occupiers, investors and developers of office, industrial and logistics, retail, hotel and healthcare property, providing strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; tenant representation, corporate services; property and project management; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management and debt advisory; business rates and compulsory purchase and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.ie