In Île-de-France, the start of construction of 720,600 m2 of offices was recorded in 2020 against more than 1.1 million m2 in 2019. This represents a drop of one third of constructions, major renovations and extensions of offices started in the region in one year.
And this dynamic is not limited to Île-de-France: registered office starts fell by 20% in the country in 2020, compared to the previous year.
For Ingrid Nappi, professor-researcher at Essec and holder of the real estate and sustainable development chair, “
there is a wait-and-see attitude
” on the part of companies.
There are no more new needs, because everyone is waiting to know if we will return to the traditional offices - offices which will in any case have to be rearranged.
And no one yet knows whether to build premises in smaller towns.
Who will take the risk of launching a blank operation, without having a tenant, or of building a head office?"
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