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Goodman continues Hamburg-led investment with second sustainable light industrial development

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Goodman is set to develop a 33,000 sqm light industrial park on brownfield land in Wedel on the doorstep of Hamburg, to meet continued demand for production, distribution, manufacturing and last-mile logistics space in urban locations.


 Wedel Welcome Park

The high-quality and sustainable development, Welcome Park Wedel, will provide high-specification warehousing and light production spaces ranging from 1,300 to 27,300 sqm, which can include modern office and mezzanine floors to maximise efficiency. The variety of space will help to meet a range of customer needs, including commercial areas for small to medium-sized companies, who want easy access to their customers. Reflecting high demand in Hamburg, Welcome Park Wedel is Goodman’s second light industrial park in the area in recent months, with a 35,800 sqm development underway in Seevetal which is already let.


Strategically located in the Metropolitan region of Hamburg, Welcome Park Wedel will provide easy access to more than 3 million consumers* in a well-established area for light production, logistics and distribution with an existing clothing, food, and beverage market worth about 9 billion*.


With work set to commence in 2022 and space available from Q4 2023, customers will benefit from fast access to the city and national motorway network via the B421, as well as close proximity to the Port of Hamburg - the biggest harbour in Germany and third largest in Europe, where approximately 85 million tonnes of goods are shipped daily.


Markus Meyer, Head of Northern Germany at Goodman, said: “Our plans for Welcome Park Wedel are a prime example of Goodman’s global strategy and commitment to bringing future-ready, sustainable space to urban locations. The development will help us meet continued customer demand for strategically-located space with fast access to large consumer populations.”


Goodman’s focus on brownfield development will see this former location for office and production space transformed into a state-of-the-art light industrial park, with modern facilities that are uncompromising on design and sustainability. Welcome Park Wedel will be built to minimum DGNB Gold certification, with sustainable features including electric vehicle charging infrastructure, smart metering and rainwater harvesting, alongside roof-mounted solar photovoltaics, all creating energy and cost-savings for its customers, who have their own sustainability aspirations.

Goodman named the site Welcome Park Wedel to celebrate Wedel’s history, with the area known for offering a warm ship greeting to large container freighters on the banks of the Elbe in Wedel - Wilkomm Höft am Schulauer Fährhaus – by playing the national anthems of the ships as they enter the harbour of Hamburg.


Meyer continued: “Set in an attractive environment with plenty of green space, Welcome Park Wedel will benefit the wellbeing of customers, and help them to attract the best talent in a competitive market. We will preserve and refresh the existing biotope and tree population and, provide our customers with the infrastructure they need to fully utilise the green environment for employee wellbeing.


“With excellent transport and commuting links and proximity to international freight, Hamburg is a prime area for investment. Welcome Park Wedel reflects the type of product that we are focused on, ideal for businesses in last-mile logistics, manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce, and we plan to continue to offer sites like these in the area in the coming years.”