Melbourne’s industrial vacancy rate has dropped in the first quarter of 2016, and is now sitting at 3.8%, a fall from 4.75%, which was recorded six months earlier in August 2015.
The reduction in vacancy has been recorded in the latest Melbourne Industrial Vacancy Study by Urbis, undertaken by our specialist industrial Real Estate Advisory team.
A result of 3.8% is very strong, recognising in 2015 we saw just over 435,000m² of new construction (buildings over 10,000m²) compared to construction levels in 2014 and 2013 of 295,000m² and 250,000m² respectively.
In February 2015 and August 2015, the Industrial Study recorded a vacancy for Melbourne of 4.5% and 4.75% respectively. The current vacancy of 3.8% reflects a contraction in each of the northern, western and south-eastern submarkets by between 0.8% and 1.3% whilst the eastern and inner submarkets remained stable.