2017 - A Record Year For The Dublin Office Market

Dublin, January 9th, 2018 - Commercial property consultants CBRE Ireland (who will next week release their Outlook 2018 report) today released finalised statistics on the volume of office take-up achieved in Dublin during 2017.

Some of largest takes of office accommodation in Dublin during 2017 included 34,554m2 to Microsoft in Sandyford; a 19,641m2 pre-letting at Capital Dock in Dublin Docklands to Indeed, (where JP Morgan also purchased a building in the last 12 months), the letting of 17,489m2 to Facebook at East Road in Dublin 3 and the letting of 13,293m2 at Miesian Plaza on Baggot Street to the Department of Health.


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Marie Hunt, Executive Director and Head of Research, CBRE Ireland
“2017 saw a new record being set in the Dublin office market with take-up in the last 12 months exceeding all previous years. In total, more than 331,000 square metres of office lettings were recorded in the capital during 2017 in 237 individual transactions - more than a third higher than the volume of take-up achieved in Dublin at the peak of the market in 2007. Take-up in 2017 was boosted by considerable expansion activity on behalf of technology companies and included a number of large pre-lettings, some of which were Brexit-related”
Marie Hunt, Executive Director and Head of Research, CBRE Ireland


  • Office take-up in Dublin during Q4 2017 reached a record 147,428m2 leading to total take-up of some 331,445m2 being achieved in 2017- the highest annual take-up ever recorded in the captial, boosted by considerable expansion activity and a layer or Brexit-related activity
  •  In total there were 69 office transactions signed in Dublin during Q4 bringing the total number of transactions completed in Dublin during 2017 to 237
  •  11 of the 69 transactions signed in Q4 extended to more than 4,645 square metres (50,000 sq. ft.) in size with 4 of these extending to more than 9,290 square metres (100,000 sq. ft.)
  • There were 10 pre-letting transactions signed in Q4 (accounting for 65% of the quarter’s take-up) bringing the total number of pre-lettings signed in 2017 to 21 or 44% of annual take-up in the 12 month period
  • 25% of office take-up in Dublin in Q4 2017 occurred in suburban markets with the suburbs accounting for 29% of annual take-up in Dublin during 2017
  •  Lettings to computers/technology companies accounted for 54% of take-up in Dublin in Q4 and 44% of annual take-up in the capital in 2017
  • The overall rate of vacancy at the end of Q4 was 6.08% vs 6.18% the previous quarter. Meanwhile, the Grade A vacancy rate in Dublin 2/4 at the end of Q4 was 2.96%
  • Prime headline rents reached €700 per square metre (€65 per sq. ft.) by year-end 2017
  •  Prime office yields contracted by a further 25 basis points quarter-on-quarter to reach 4.0% by the end of Q4 2017

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