Goodman Group has commenced the development of a 48,200 sqm distribution centre for the BMW Group in Landshut, Bavaria. The new facility will be directly linked to BMW Group's existing production plant, which is located adjacent to the new facility. Construction of the distribution centre began in March 2016 and the handover is planned for mid-2017.
The new property in Bavaria is Goodman's second development for the automotive group in the last 12 months. In January, the property group also completed a 70,000 sqm distribution centre for the BMW Group in Kleinaitingen, near Augsburg.
Modern, sustainable logistics centre
The distribution centre being developed by Goodman is spread across two buildings of approximately 7,100 sqm and 40,650 sqm, respectively, on a site selected by the BMW Group. The new facility will provide 38,200 sqm of storage space, complemented by special loading and unloading tunnels on the sides of each building. These special tunnels allow for efficient side handling and will be heated for the comfort of the BMW Group's employees. To optimise the logistics process, the BMW Group will invest in an underground transportation link, which will be used by trucks and electric shuttle trains, to connect its Landshut Production Plant to the distribution centre being developed by Goodman.
Most of the units that make up the new 48,200 sqm distribution centre will have an inner hall height of 7.5 metres for block storage. A section of the larger building will have a height of 15 metres to integrate a high-bay racking system and a pick tower that will serve as a "supermarket" for small parts and components. Additionally, the property will provide a total of 2,400 sqm of office and social space.
The new distribution centre will be fitted with LED-lighting and insulated dark tube radiators throughout to preserve natural resources and to save costs. After completion, the facility will receive a gold certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Goodman is the only major industrial real estate company with a DGNB master plan, which pre-certifies new developments that meet agreed upon standards. The scheme covers a range of 50 sustainability criteria evaluating environmental, economic, functional and technical qualities of the building.
"We understand that optimising operational costs is vitally important for our customers, and we know how to help them achieve that goal by looking at their logistics real estate," said Dirk Mölter, Goodman Sustainability and Technical Director for Continental Europe. "This project challenged our technical team to create an efficient solution on an irregular sized plot of land and to design each building to maximise operational productivity. Over the past 15 years, we have completed approximately 38 projects for players in the automotive industry. For more challenging projects, such as this one, we can rely on our in-depth understanding of the logistics real estate needs of the automotive industry and can draw on best practices from our previous projects to create this new state-of-the-art logistics centre."
For more information about the BMW Group's Landshut Production Plant, click here.
Continuation of a successful co-operation
At the start of the year, Goodman handed over a new distribution centre for spare parts and accessory items to the BMW Group in the Bavarian town of Kleinaitingen. Goodman directly manages approximately 73,000 sqm of logistics space for the BMW Group in Germany and Australia.
"In a short period of time we have developed a strong partnership with the BMW Group, having proved our quality and expertise, which is drawn from our extensive experience in developing logistics real estate solutions for the automotive sector," said Christof Prange, Goodman Head of Business Development in Germany.
Strong automotive experience
Providing 12 million jobs across Europe and accounting for 6% of EU GDP, the automotive industry is one of the most important sectors of the European economy. In 2015, EU passenger car sales grew by 9.3% compared to 2014, with a total of 13.7 million cars sold. The strength of the industry has driven demand for logistics real estate, particularly in Germany. Goodman continues to be one of the leading developers for the sector, owning and managing over 550,000 sqm of logistics real estate for the sector globally and 253,000 sqm across Germany.
Goodman's footprint in Bavaria
Employing over 400,000 people, the logistics sector in Bavaria is a driver of growth and a key logistics real estate location. In the federal state of Bavaria, Goodman manages a varied portfolio with a total area of around 330,000 sqm for customers Amazon, the BMW Group,
DB Schenker, DHL, DSV, Ingram Micro and Kuehne + Nagel.
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