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Lazy internet and signal outages in the elevator? Downgrade! New WiredScore certification awaits office buildings

What connects companies like Google, Spotify, Meta, Expedia and SalesForce? The need for a stable internet connection with the highest possible speed, high demands on server room security or a flawless telecommunications network. And how do office centres like The Bridge in Warsaw, Canada Water in London or Hammerbrooklyn in Hamburg fit in with these global companies? Simple: they guarantee all the superior IT and telecommunications needs of large technology companies. Tenants with the most demanding requirements for technical facilities are getting used to navigating the office market thanks to the certification - WiredScore. Since this year, the Czech Republic also has its first and so far only "domestic" auditor. He is Ondřej Svoboda, project manager at the real estate consulting company 108 REAL ESTATE.

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The Prague office market has frozen. The crisis will hit older buildings harder

High construction and relocation costs are behind the marginal movements on the Prague office market in recent months. Even if companies want to change their location, it is currently very difficult to secure a lease of around 5,000 sqm, especially in attractive locations such as Karlín, Anděl, Pankrác or Smíchov. Although buildings are gradually being completed (mostly pre-leased), which started to be realised at a time of cheaper bank financing, there is a noticeable lack of premium office space on the market. In fact, no new office buildings have started construction since spring 2022. These are the main outputs of the analysis of the office market development prepared by the Czech real estate consultancy 108 REAL ESTATE.

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High office refit costs prove a drag on new lettings

With the cost of fitting out new offices doubling or even tripling, tenants are reluctant to move. Back in 2019, investing in office refits cost in the region of EUR 400–600 per square metre, but since then the price has spiralled to some EUR 1,000, with costs upwards of EUR 1,200 no exception either. These costs, combined with the rising expense of renting and running offices, are among the principal reasons behind the cooling office market in the first half of this year. Many businesses are opting to stay put for the time being. This partly explains why there has been an upswing in the share of older leases being renegotiated, which rose to 45% in the first quarter.

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Those interested in flexible spaces can now use the first coworking comparison engine Desking.cz

The supply of coworking spaces has grown to more than 50,000 sqm in Prague alone, complemented by another 58,000 sqm of serviced offices. Due to the growth of this concept in other regional cities, the real estate consulting company 108 AGENCY decided to launch a clear and intuitive Desking.cz - the first coworking comparison engine in the Czech Republic.

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We would like to invite you to the Czech-Slovak online forum LOG-IN which take place on May 13

Visit online the only logistics event that is 100% focused on innovation in the field of logistics. This year will be the 17th year and you can be there with us.

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Timeframe for Office selection

When choosing Office space, it is important to remember the time sequence of steps, which is very important and often influences decision-making.

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108 AGENCY strengthens the office department

The new senior consultant is Martina Nielsen, a woman with major experience in renting all kinds of spaces.

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Recent trends in real estate: Anchor tenants leave inefficient offices

Based on a recent boom of construction of new administrative projects across Prague, there is a growing tendency to relocate from existing, usually older and less efficient office buildings as these are no longer sufficient to meet the current needs of companies.

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Medtronic at Prosek Point, Prague 9

The 108 AGENCY successfully represented the company Medtronic during the expansion and extension of 5.600 sq m of office space in Prosek Point, Prague 9.

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