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Goodman and Kuehne + Nagel celebrate the construction of a new modern logistics centre near Berlin

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Today, Goodman and Kuehne + Nagel celebrated the topping out (placing the final beam atop of the building) of a new 14,000 sqm facility that will serve as the international logistics service provider’s regional hub, which can be expanded by 10,000 sqm. The ceremony was attended by Carl Ahlgrimm, Mayor of Großbeeren, among other distinguished guests.

Goodman, a global leader in the ownership, development and management of industrial property, acquired a 70,000 sqm site in Großbeeren freight village (GVZ) near Berlin to develop the new logistics centre. Goodman is taking advantage of strong demand for high quality, well located logistics space in Germany with the speculative development of a 20,000 sqm facility on the same site. The new logistics centre will be completed in the summer of 2016.


Long-standing customer relationship
Because of its strategic location, the new logistics centre will be an important hub for Kuehne + Nagel in the Berlin region and the international logistics service provider will use it mainly for its contract logistics and sea freight business units

“Goodman is a long-standing real estate partner,” said Alexander Hornung, Kuehne + Nagel Regional Manager for Eastern Germany. “Because of the multimodal connections around the Großbeeren freight village, we will be able to increase our operational efficiency and reach a large customer base.”

Goodman currently manages a portfolio of 130,000 sqm of logistics space for Kuehne + Nagel in Germany, with a total space of 390,000 sqm managed for the customer in eight countries around the world.

DGNB Gold Certificate
In addition to storage space, the new facility, with a free height of 12.20 m, will also provide Kuehne + Nagel with offices and social areas. To reduce energy consumption costs, the building will be fitted with LED lighting throughout. On the basis of the new assessment criteria of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), the property will receive a gold certificate on completion.

“We are further strengthening our long-standing relationship with Kuehne + Nagel with this state-of-the-art facility in Großbeeren freight village,” said Christof Prange, Goodman Head of Business Development in Germany. “Furthermore, the acquisition of this prime plot of land enables us to offer other customers access to one of the most sought after logistics locations in Germany, with the development of a new speculative facility.”

New 20,000 sqm speculative facility
The new speculative development in Großbeeren freight village is being undertaken in response to the extremely low vacancy rate for modern logistics properties in the Berlin market. It comprises 20,000 sqm of logistics space, which can be divided into two units if required. Goodman is also currently developing another 13,000 sqm facility speculative unit in the key logistics region of Nuremberg.

Multimodal logistics location
Großbeeren freight village offers a first-class location for multimodal logistics. Major motorways are within easy reach, namely the four-lane B101 and the A10 motorway heading north and a direct connection to the city centre of Berlin. Additionally, customers can take advantage of major rail, sea and air links via the Berlin South freight station, with connections to the North Sea and Baltic Sea, while the Berlin-Schönefeld cargo airport is just 20 km from the site.

“Goodman’s investment demonstrates the value the Großbeeren freight village has for the logistics industry. When the property for Kuehne + Nagel is complete, three out of the four biggest logistics service providers in Europe will be present in our freight village,” said Carl Ahlgrimm, Mayor of Großbeeren.

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For further information, please contact Goodman:
Christopher Flores
Communications Manager CE
+32 2 451 42 08