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Hammer Group and Goodman lay the first stone for a 103,000 sqm logistics centre in Bedburg

Thursday, 08 May 2014

Logistics service provider Hammer Group and property group Goodman laid the first stone today for the new 103,000 sqm logistics centre in Bedburg’s Mühlenerft Industrial Park. They were supported at the ceremony by Mayor Gunnar Koerdt. On completion Hammer Group will employ up to 750 staff at the property, which will be managed by Goodman’s in-house property services team. Goodman is investing over €50 million in the logistics space solution for its customer and the location of Bedburg.

The new development in the Mühlenerft Industrial Park is gathering pace. Initial work on the logistics centre is already visible at the former mining site. Goodman is developing the 103,000 sqm property in two phases, with the first unit of approx. 40,000 sqm storage and logistics area to be handed over to Hammer Group at the end of 2014, while the second phase of approx. 60,000 sqm will be completed at the beginning of 2015.

Hammer Group is placing great emphasis on a sustainable and flexible property solution. With the comprehensive use of LED technology, Goodman will reduce the energy consumption for lighting by around 35 percent compared with conventional technologies. Up to 600 indigenous trees will also be planted at the site. As with all properties developed by Goodman, the building will seek silver certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).

“We have a long-term commitment to Bedburg, given its strategic location and solid underlying conditions that support logistics operators. The new development is running to schedule and following the laying of the foundation stone today, we are looking forward to handing over the first phase of the facility in a few months’ time, to allow Hammer Group to begin its operations,” said Jordan Corynen, Goodman Director for Germany.

In addition to pure warehouse logistics, Hammer will also offer high-quality logistics services, so- called value added services, from Bedburg for well-known companies trading in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The 145 loading and unloading gates will, for example, guarantee the quick and efficient flow of goods.

“The location of Bedburg fulfils the central requirements of a logistics service provider particularly well with respect to its geographical location for transport. This includes excellent connections to the regional motorway network as well as proximity to the Rhine inland ports of Neuss and Cologne-Niehl,” said Helmut Wintgens, Managing Director Hammer Group.

In the densely populated Rhineland, Bedburg also convinces logistics service providers and investors with its proximity to the cities of Düsseldorf and Cologne.

Speaking following the laying of the first stone, Bedburg Mayor Gunnar Koerdt said: “I am delighted that Hammer Group has chosen to settle in Bedburg. With Hammer, our town has gained a medium-sized German company that operates internationally. 

“The committed and constructive co-operation between the economic promotion of the town of Bedburg and the decision-makers of our current partners at Hammer Group and Goodman has doubtless been decisive. As a result of the company settling here, the economic and employment location of Bedburg has been reinforced. It is forward-looking, sustainable and creates many jobs for Bedburg and the region.”

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Goodman is an integrated property group that owns, develops and manages logistics and business space across Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Brazil. The Group invests in industrial estates and warehouse and distribution centres.

Goodman also offers a range of listed and unlisted property funds, including its flagship European fund Goodman European Logistics Fund (GELF), giving investors access to a range of specialist services and property assets. Goodman works continually to build value in logistics property and fund management, with innovative new developments, and business and investment offerings.

With total assets under management of €17 billion and over 400 properties under management, Goodman is the largest industrial listed property group on the Australian Securities Exchange, and one of the largest listed specialist fund managers globally. Its market insight and dedicated local teams create sound investment opportunities and develop properties and environments that meet each client’s individual requirements.

With more than 1,000 staff and 32 offices in 16 countries, Goodman has the global reach to meet customers’ needs as their businesses expand or evolve. In Europe, Goodman has offices in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and the UK.

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