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New logistics property in Berlin: Goodman transforming brownfield site into modern logistics facility for Getränke Essmann

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Drinks wholesaler and logistics service provider Getränke Essmann KG is expanding its presence in eastern Germany, taking up residence at the Berlin Ost Freienbrink freight village (GVZ). The company has brought Goodman on board for its global expertise in the development and management of logistics properties. The property group is developing a facility specially customised for drinks logistics with 17,635 sqm of hall space and 17,958 sqm for empties, on a plot with a total area of 63,631 sqm.

Getränke Essmann KG is a German drinks wholesaler and logistics services provider for the food and drink industry. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Radeberger Group, whose parent company is Dr. Oetker KG, it already operates seven logistics facilities in northern, western, central and eastern Germany. Now Essmann is moving to the GVZ Berlin Ost Freienbrink freight village, placing its trust in Goodman’s experience in the greater Berlin area.

Markus Riegeler, commercial director and responsible for location development at Getränke Essmann, explains:: “When, combined with our premises in Potsdam, we will be able to ensure excellent coverage of the greater Berlin area and will be able to meet customer requirements even better and more efficiently.”

The development is on land that Goodman acquired in 2017 because of its optimum links with trans-European road networks, as well as to rail and air transport. Finding and developing high-quality industrial properties in  locations that are attractive to customers is one of Goodman’s core competences. Goodman has a positive track record in securing plots in premium locations in good time.

As Christof Prange, Head of Business Development with Goodman Germany explains: “If a client comes to us with certain requirements for a new logistics centre, we can choose the site that best suits  from our pool of available plots in attractive logistics regions. This was the case with Getränke Essmann which was looking for a site to specifically meet the logisticsneeds of the drinks industry. We had a brownfield site available in the right location and given  our experience in transforming disused industrial sites into modern and sustainable logistics facilities, it was an ideal solution. Our expertise in brownfield developments is growing in importance to customers in light of the fact that an ever- decreasing number of greenfield sites are being zoned for logistics use.”

Completion in March 2019

Construction will start on the new property in August and the handover is planned for March 2019. The building will have a total area of 17,635 sqm which includes 1,044 sqm of office space, a 488 sqm mezzanine and 2,167 sqm of covered outdoor space. The Essmann logistics facility will be fitted throughout with LED lighting to boost energy efficiency and reduce consumption costs. In addition, the façade and roof will be given high-end insulation and efficient building heating will be installed.

Further capacity available

In the greater Berlin area, Goodman has already developed logistics facilities for well-known companies such as GLX, DB Schenker, Kühne + Nagel and Home24 at the Freienbrink, Großbeeren and Ludwigsfelde freight villages — accounting for some 130,000 sqm of logistics space since 2014.

Christof Prange concluded: “Goodman counts Berlin as one of its gateway cities around the world where land is scarce and there is competition for land use. We want to provide facilities for our customers to be close to their customers to meet delivery and service expectations. That is why Goodman is currently building a 13,500 sqm property in Großbeeren which will soon be completed and available for lease.”

Goodman is developing a facility for Getränke Essmann specially customised for drinks logistics on a plot with a total area of 63,631 sqm.