Limerick Industrial / Office
175,452 sq.ft of industrial space transacted in the first nine months in 2018, 90% of which related to leasehold transactions. There is currently 1,469,812 sq.ft. of space available at the end of Q3 and while this is the highest of the three regional centres outside Dublin, it is a decrease of 5% YoY. Cushman and Wakefield highlight that while availability is the highest, Limerick also holds the largest volume of Grade C space at 65% compared with 19% in Cork and 7% in Galway. Prime rents have increased to €5.48 psf up from €4.48 psf during the same period in 2017.
68,351 sq.ft. of office space was taken up in Limerick in the first nine months in 2018 over 11 lease deals compared with 84,497 sq.ft in the same period in 2017.Notwithstanding this, there was 65,660 sq.ft. either signed or pre-let at the end of Q3 which if taken up by year end will match 2017 figures. At the end of Q3 there was 631,303 sq.ft. available, which represents at 19.2% decline YoY, and is the first time in ten years the figure has fallen below 645,834 sq.ft. Vacancy rates were 15.3% at the end of Q3 from 19.4% the previous year. City Centre prime grade A rents are achieving €30.19 psf while new building in the suburbs are achieving 26.62 psf. Prime headline rents remain at €19.97 psf.