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Covid-19: what to do with deserted office space?


FIG DATA - Between health and economic crises, the rise of teleworking and new employee expectations, all players in the sector are led to wonder about the use of these collective workplaces during the next crisis exit.

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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Source: lefigaro

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