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.