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The area located adjoining Aurel Vlaicu metro, at the junction of Barbu Vacarescu, Pipera Road and Calea Floreasca, continues to be the most effervescent real-estate area in Romania, transforming at a high pace during the last 10 years into the new business district of Bucharest, the office stock being almost fully occupied (vacancy rate <2%).  

The last report released by Activ Property Services shows that 5 new buildings are currently under construction in the area, including 3 offices, the future 4-star Courtyard by Marriott hotel of 259 rooms and Aviatiei Towers with 235 apartments (1st phase of 134 units).

During the last 10 years the area has transformed an almost 1 km length frontage into a business district, with office buildings and Promenada Mall, including the two highest buildings in Romania, Sky Tower (36 floors) and Globalworth Tower (26 floors).

The existing office stock exceeds 370,000 sq m GLA, being the 2nd largest office concentration in Bucharest. Over 95% of the area was delivered during the last 10 years, the area’s redevelopment starting in 2009-2010 and accelerating during 2013-2016, with a record of over 120,000 sq m GLA office completions in 2016.  

The office stock will continue to grow and has the potential to outpace half a million sq m in the next 3 years. Three new buildings are under construction with delivery in 2019 (Equilibrium 1, Oregon Park – building 3, Zone 313), totalling 51,500 sq m, while other 4 totalling 85,000 sq m are announced until the end of 2021.

In addition, Promenada Mall shopping centre is planned to be extended by 62,000 sq m GLA of retail and office space, to become the second largest shopping destination in northern Bucharest. The project is estimated for delivery in 2021.

“Companies have shown a strong demand to relocate and expand in the area, sustaining the developers’ pipeline activity. Take-up activity exceeded 50,000 sq m per year during the last 5 years, with records of 95,000 sq m in 2014 and over 58,000 sq m last year.” says Andrei Birsan, Head of Office Department at Activ Property Services.  

The area concentrates headquarters of major companies such as Oracle, Raiffeisen Bank, Vodafone, Orange, Carrefour, PwC, Huawei and Kellogg, attracting daily over 40,000 employees.

The occupancy rate exceeds 98%, most of the buildings being fully let, as confirmed by the updated availability provided by owners to the office platform www.spatii-de-birouri.ro, under the administration of Activ Property Services.

Except the announced projects, the area includes additional sites with potential for real-estate redevelopment, in excess of 6.5 hectares.

Developers have shown a new tendency during the last two years to start major residential projects in the vicinity of the area, such as Cloud 9 (820 apartments) and Vibe Pompeiu (500 apartments).  

 

Barbu Vacarescu / Pipera Road / Calea Floreasca – major projects

Building

Sector

GLA (sq m)

Developer

Status

Delivery Year

Equilibrium 1

Office

20,800

Skanska

Under Construction

2019

Oregon Park - building 3

Office

24,000

Portland Trust

Under Construction

2019

Zone 313

Office

6,700

GD Total Service

Under Construction

2019

Courtyard by Marriott

Hotel

259 rooms

Apex Alliance

Under Construction

2019

Aviatiei Tower – 1st phase

Residential

134 apartments

Irmex SA

Under Construction

2019

Green Court - building 4

Office

16,000

Globalworth

Project

2020

Globalworth Square

Office

est. 20,000

Globalworth

Project

est. 2020

Equilibrium 2

Office

19,800

Skanska

Project

2021

Promenada Mall Offices

Office

28,000

NEPI Rockcastle

Project

2021

Promenada Mall - expansion

Retail

34,000

NEPI Rockcastle

Project

2021

Aviatiei Tower – 2nd phase

Residential

101 apartments

Irmex SA

Project

est. 2020

Source: Activ Property Services