Panat­toni is devel­op­ing a new logis­tics site for Kühne+Nagel in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Panat­toni, the lead­ing project devel­op­er for indus­tri­al and logis­tics real estate in Europe, is build­ing a new logis­tics cen­tre for Kühne+Nagel in Wit­ten­burg. The glob­al spare parts logis­tics for a lead­ing com­pa­ny in the renew­able ener­gies sec­tor will be han­dled at the new site in Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern in the future. Con­struc­tion will start at the begin­ning of March and the project is slat­ed to be com­plet­ed around the end of 2023/beginning of 2024.

The Kühne+Nagel Group, with more than 80,000 employ­ees at more than 1,300 sites in more than 100 coun­tries, is one of the world’s lead­ing logis­tics com­pa­nies. Its mar­ket posi­tion is in the areas of mar­itime logis­tics, air freight logis­tics, road logis­tics and con­tract logis­tics with a clear focus on inte­grat­ed logis­tics solu­tions. A glob­al spare parts ware­house will be built at the new site in Wit­ten­burg, Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern, from which cus­tomers in Ger­many, Europe and world­wide can be sup­plied. Unload­ing, goods receiv­ing inspec­tions, stor­age intake, inven­to­ry, pick­ing, pack­ag­ing, load­ing and oth­er addi­tion­al ser­vices will also be car­ried out there.

Panat­toni is erect­ing the user-spe­cif­ic, build-to-suit (BTS) prop­er­ty on an area mea­sur­ing around 70,800 m². The grounds, which were used for agri­cul­tur­al pur­pos­es dur­ing the GDR era, have already been restored by the City of Wit­ten­burg. Once com­plet­ed, the new build­ing will offer a total usage area of around 36,500 m², of which approx. 21,000 m² are storage/technology hous­ing space, 1,150 m² are office/social spaces and 1,800 m² are mez­za­nine stor­age space. In addi­tion, there are around 2,500 m² of free stor­age space and 10,000 m² for an expan­sion area to accom­mo­date the end customer’s future growth. The build­ing will be equipped with a haz­ardous sub­stances unit and WGK foil (water haz­ard class). The effec­tive height of the halls is 12.20 m (to bot­tom of gird­ers). In addi­tion, 100 pas­sen­ger vehi­cle park­ing spaces and exten­sive green and com­pen­sa­tion areas will be built on the out­door premises.

“We are thrilled to have found a part­ner in Panat­toni who will com­pe­tent­ly and pre­cise­ly imple­ment our require­ments. As a result, a logis­tics cen­tre that is excel­lent­ly suit­ed for the glob­al dis­patch of spare parts will be built near the customer’s exist­ing site in Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern. As a pio­neer in the logis­tics sec­tor, it is par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to us that we make our con­tri­bu­tion towards a car­bon-free future. In addi­tion to cer­ti­fied, mul­ti-modal CO2 cal­cu­la­tion and report­ing, elec­tric­i­ty exclu­sive­ly from renew­able ener­gy sources and sus­tain­able pack­ag­ing in line with the con­cept of ‘reduce, reuse, recy­cle, replace´, we also place great val­ue on a sus­tain­able site,” says Mark Klausen, Head of Real Estate Ger­many at Kühne+Nagel.

In the frame­work of the devel­op­ment, Panat­toni will focus on a sus­tain­able design and strive to obtain cer­ti­fi­ca­tion accord­ing to the DGNB gold stan­dard. To achieve this objec­tive, the devel­op­er, in con­sul­ta­tion with Kühne+Nagel, will be imple­ment­ing com­pre­hen­sive sus­tain­abil­i­ty mea­sures. In addi­tion to air-water heat pumps for the office and social spaces, an intel­li­gent ener­gy man­age­ment sys­tem with dig­i­tal coun­ters will be installed to save ener­gy and opti­mise con­sump­tion. The devel­op­er will also install LED light­ing and cis­terns which allow rain­wa­ter to be used to flush toi­lets and water the out­door instal­la­tions. Charg­ing sta­tions for elec­tric vehi­cles and elec­tric bikes will pro­vide for low-emis­sions mobil­i­ty solu­tions, and the roof struc­ture on the new build­ing will be pre-equipped for a pho­to­voltaics sys­tem. The devel­op­er will also set up nest­ing box­es for bats, birds and bee­hives and cre­ate well-being areas for employ­ees. Last, but not least, the instal­la­tion of green roofs and the use of per­me­able mate­ri­als for the cen­tral sprin­kler sys­tem and smoking/bicycle shel­ters are planned.

The new logis­tics cen­tre will be built in the “Auf der Hei­de” busi­ness park which is cur­rent­ly being devel­oped and con­nect­ed to infra­struc­ture by the City of Wit­ten­burg. Due to the direct con­nec­tion to the A24 fed­er­al motor­way, which con­nects Berlin and Ham­burg, the prop­er­ty is in a good strate­gic location.

Berit Stein­berg, CEO of Wirtschafts­förderung Süd­west­meck­len­burg (South­west­ern Meck­len­burg Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment), accom­pa­nied the set­tle­ment process from the onset and thus con­tributed towards the imple­men­ta­tion at the Wit­ten­burg site. She says, about the project, “The devel­op­ment of the new site for the well-known logis­tics com­pa­ny Kühne+Nagel in Wit­ten­burg is a huge win for the entire region. The estab­lish­ment of new com­pa­nies and the cre­ation of new jobs in South­west­ern Meck­len­burg is the pri­ma­ry objec­tive of our work as an eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment com­pa­ny. The con­struc­tion of the new logis­tics cen­tre will con­tribute towards our district’s eco­nom­ic pow­er and show that South­west­ern Meck­len­burg is an attrac­tive loca­tion for com­pa­nies that want to grow.”

Chris­t­ian Greger, May­or of the City of Wit­ten­burg, is also pleased about the new estab­lish­ment. “The logis­tics cen­tre for Kühne+Nagel, which will be built in the new ‘Auf der Hei­de´ busi­ness park, will cre­ate around 75 new jobs and is a real boon for Wit­ten­burg as an eco­nom­ic loca­tion. The simul­ta­ne­ous devel­op­ment of the busi­ness park required close coor­di­na­tion with the devel­op­er, Panat­toni, as well as oth­er author­i­ties. Thanks to the con­struc­tive coop­er­a­tion, we were able to set a high­ly ambi­tious schedule.”

“In Wit­ten­burg, we are con­struct­ing a tai­lor-made prop­er­ty that meets Kühne+Nagel’s com­plex require­ments. There­fore, a site in a strate­gi­cal­ly good loca­tion for the end cus­tomer had to be found. It also had to be close to the cur­rent site in Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern. At the request of the logis­tics ser­vice provider, the build­ings need­ed to be gener­ic ware­hous­es with a high degree of third-par­ty usabil­i­ty for sub­se­quent ten­ants from the pro­duc­tion, light indus­tri­al and logis­tics sec­tors. We would like to par­tic­u­lar­ly thank the City of Wit­ten­burg, the Dis­trict of Lud­wigslust-Parchim, Wirtschafts­förderung Süd­west­meck­len­burg, the Road Con­struc­tion Author­i­ty and the Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern Min­istry of Finance for the trust­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tive coop­er­a­tion,” says Fred-Markus Bohne, Man­ag­ing Part­ner at Panat­toni Ger­many and Austria.

Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to start at the begin­ning of March, with ground­works and drainage work, and will con­tin­ue with the super­struc­ture con­struc­tion in Mai 2023. Com­ple­tion is slat­ed for the end of 2023/beginning of 2024. The site is sched­uled to be put into ser­vice upon trans­fer to the cus­tomer in 2024.