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22@ district records the highest figure of the contraction of offices the latest years

District 22@ has closed 2017 with a total of 86 letting deals totaling 101,000 square meters, which is the highest figure in the last ten years and 34% more than the previous two years. This  figure represents 30% of the total of Barcelona and is led by pre-lease transactions.

22@ district of Barcelona is a success as a pole of attraction for companies. And every day more. Last year was especially good for this neighborhood, an old industrial area, which has been converted into an office growth area. 2017 marked record investment in land and beat marks hiring of offices and new projects.

The volume of investment in land in 2017 tripled that of the previous year, reaching 161 million in purchases of land, according to the Marketshot report of the real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield. These acquisitions include those of La Llave de Oro, Emesa and the Shaftesbury, Meridia Capital and Värde Partners funds. “If something stood out in 2017 in 22 @, compared to the immediately previous years and to the rest of the areas of the city, it is the number of land operations for new promotion,” the report highlights. The 22 @, which sits on 198 hectares, is the new office pole in Barcelona, ​​where Amazon has recently been installed and where Colonial, for example, is building one of its new buildings. Around 500 companies are installed each year in that area in rehabilitation. The flexible or coworking spaces are in a moment of unprecedented expansion in Barcelona. The coworking boom in the city is clear and in the first six months of 2018 the hiring is 52% higher than the whole year 2017. The 22 @ neighborhood occupies an area from the Plaça de les Glories Catalanas to the coast -in the Forum area- crossed by the Diagonal, extending on both sides of that avenue. In the nineteenth century and much of the twentieth century was the industrial area of ​​the city, known as Poble Nou, primarily textile factories. From the year 2000 it became the 22 @, where the old factories have given way to office buildings, hotels and homes.