Full let­ting of “Mach2” in Ham­burg: Pic­nic GmbH secures remain­ing space

Project devel­op­er Four Parx, Dreie­ich, which spe­cialis­es in indus­tri­al space, com­mu­ni­cates the com­plete let­ting of the first dou­ble-storey indus­tri­al and logis­tics real estate “Mach2” in Ham­burg. Four Parx awards the last vacant space to the online food retail­er Pic­nic GmbH.

Pic­nic is the last of four com­pa­nies to take up res­i­dence in the build­ing, which has a total of 123,000 m² of floor space. Pre­vi­ous­ly, air­craft man­u­fac­tur­er Air­bus rent­ed the entire ground floor. On the sec­ond lev­el, the fur­nish­ing com­pa­ny JYSK and the sys­tem and oper­a­tions IT provider Bech­tle Logis­tik und Ser­vice GmbH already secured space.

The com­plete rental area for Pic­nic is 15,240 m². Of this, 13,528 m² is ware­house space, 1,490 m² mez­za­nine, 222 m² office and social space. In addi­tion, there are 23 park­ing spaces. The upper floor can be reached via two heat­able ramps for trucks with a load of up to 45 t. For this pur­pose, the facil­i­ty has elec­tro-hydraulic dock levellers.

Pic­nic intends to use the usable space main­ly for stor­age and logis­tics activ­i­ties. Up to 200 jobs are to be cre­at­ed in the cen­tral warehouse.

The online super­mar­ket Pic­nic sets new stan­dards for gro­cery shop­ping. In North Rhine-West­phalia, over 450,000 house­holds in 63 cities buy their gro­ceries from Pic­nic. With the mod­ern milk­man con­cept, Pic­nic devel­oped an effi­cient and sus­tain­able food sup­ply chain that helps to reduce waste, traf­fic and emis­sions in cities. Like the milk­man in the past, Pic­nic deliv­ers to each street only once a day with its elec­tric vans. This allows a very effi­cient last mile. The pur­chas­es are packed in the ful­fil­ment cen­tre and brought direct­ly to the cus­tomers. Pic­nic thus saves on expen­sive shops and can there­fore offer the gro­ceries at super­mar­ket prices and with­out deliv­ery charges.

Fred­er­ic Knaudt from Picnic’s found­ing team in Ger­many empha­sis­es: “Mov­ing into the inno­v­a­tive ‘Mach2’ cen­tre is an impor­tant mile­stone for us as we start our expan­sion in North­ern Ger­many from here. We will sup­ply thou­sands of fam­i­lies in Ham­burg and the sur­round­ing area with fresh food every day. The peo­ple involved in the project did a great job with the prop­er­ty. We are look­ing for­ward to fur­ther cooperation.”

Togeth­er with the invest­ment and asset man­ag­er AEW and the con­struc­tion com­pa­ny GSE Deutsch­land, Four Parx devel­oped “Mach2”, the first mul­ti-storey indus­tri­al and logis­tics real estate in the DACH region. It has two equal lev­els, thus offer­ing a con­vinc­ing con­cept for conur­ba­tions with a pro­nounced short­age of space. Four Parx realised the project after an elab­o­rate approval process on the for­mer pro­duc­tion site of the bev­er­age man­u­fac­tur­er Refres­co in an opti­mal­ly con­nect­ed loca­tion and in the imme­di­ate vicin­i­ty of the Port of Hamburg.

“Deal­ing with the crit­i­cal short­age of space nation­wide is one of the most urgent issues for metrop­o­lis­es like Ham­burg. ‘Mach2’ is thus an inno­v­a­tive solu­tion for conur­ba­tions and can now serve as a ref­er­ence for con­tem­po­rary and demand-dri­ven space con­cepts,” com­ments Thomas Poulis-Lein­berg­er, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Head of Asset Man­age­ment & Devel­op­ment Logis­tics at AEW.

Oliv­er Schmitt, man­ag­ing part­ner of the Four Parx Group, explains: “Togeth­er with our part­ners and the Ham­burg author­i­ties, we did pio­neer work in many respects with ‘Mach2’. The com­plete let­ting of the prop­er­ty to com­pa­nies from dif­fer­ent sec­tors makes us proud. These results con­firm our vision for effi­cient space devel­op­ment and sus­tain­able construction.”

Dur­ing the real­i­sa­tion of the project, which AEW, GSE Ger­many and Four Parx had launched with­out pre-let­ting, they were con­front­ed with a vari­ety of unfore­seen obsta­cles. These includ­ed the occur­rence of stra­ta water, struc­tur­al issues with the foun­da­tion work in the har­bour envi­ron­ment and the dis­cov­ery of explo­sive ord­nance. In order to achieve an attrac­tive façade to match the cityscape, Four Parx held an archi­tec­tur­al com­pe­ti­tion. The build­ing is cer­ti­fied “Excel­lent” accord­ing to BREEAM (Build­ing Research Estab­lish­ment Envi­ron­man­tal Ass­es­ment Method).