Coworking Research & Industry Trends

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Colliers

We anticipate operator growth in fringe districts of tier one markets and further expansion in tier two and three markets. While we have been talking about the uptick in freelancers and the gig economy in urban markets for several years, we see suburban operator growth being driven by large scale occupiers executing flexible working policies for their employees based in decentralized locations — driven by larger cohorts of aging millennials moving to suburbs, and enterprises embracing more decentralized portfolio strategies.

We also see franchising to be a major driver of flexible workspace growth in suburbs and decentralized locations in 2020.

Flexible Workspace: Five Trends to Watch in 2020

Colliers

Downturn Ready? – Since the vast majority of flexible workspace came online after the Great Recession (late 2007 to mid-2009), its performance during a downturn is untested, but it could provide a buffer to landlords as occupier clients put a premium on flexibility during a downturn.

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JLL Research

Right now, flex space inventory accounts for less than 5 percent of U.S. office stock. There’s not a single U.S. market that’s oversaturated.

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The Instant Group

2018 showed significant market shifts with an increase in corporate clients looking for flex space. This year alone saw an increase in demand from corporate clients of 21%.

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Gensler

Respondents who report having variety and having a choice are more likely to report having a great experience. That means the right mobility strategy should leverage amenities that create more choice and facilitate the work we need to get done.

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JLL

Given industry shifts, flexible workspace and shared amenity spaces are projected to encompass approximately 30% of the office market by 2030.

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Cushman & Wakefield Strategic Consulting

The niche flexible segment should continue to mature and expand, potentially boosting its share of class A office space nationally to as much as 10% by 2028. This represents significant growth, but remains a small enough share that broad risk from flex tenants is not a concern

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CBRE

Explore Partnership Opportunities with third-party operators. Seeking out partnership agreements may allow landlords to benefit from an increased income stream, therefore negating some of the associated risk with this sector.

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Cushman & Wakefield

Increasingly perceived as a strategic necessity by landlords and investors. Coworking or flexible offices are becoming a staple in buildings.

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NAIOP

Shared office space appears to be the fastest-growing trend in commercial real estate. The rapid growth in coworking, which has forced commercial real estate companies to rethink how they plan and deploy office space, doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

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Instant Offices

Corporate organisations are looking for larger and more agile workspaces, which is symptomatic of a global move towards more flexible lease terms.

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Cushman & Wakefield | CoreNet Global

The primary benefit of coworking is the flexibility it provides. It is turnkey and can be utilized to ramp portfolios up and/or down with greater speed. The flexible workplace reduces the time required to access new space, the cost of initial capital expenditures to build out the space and the long-term financial liability of a traditional lease by providing occupiers with instant access to a turnkey, fully-furnished and tech enabled workplace.

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