Goodman announced the development of a new 30,000 m² logistics facility at its Lille-Douai Logistics Centre in Lauwin Planque. The project will be undertaken for third party logistics provider, Log'Solutions (Grimonprez Logistics). The new facility is the second development to be undertaken by Goodman at Lille-Douai Logistics Centre within the last 12 months. The property for Log’Solutions will be adjacent to the 90,000 m² warehouse that Goodman developed for Amazon.
Log'Solutions’ is expanding its existing logistics capabilities in northern France due to increased demand from the growth in e-commerce, which is at the heart of their business. The Group awarded Goodman the development of the 30,000 m² logistics facility, which has the potential for 6,000 m² of additional space, enabling Log’Solutions to further expand its existing logistics capabilities in northern France.
"The new facility will strengthen our position in our home region north of Paris and enhance the range of services provided by Log'Solutions. We are particularly pleased with the support of Goodman’s teams in steering this project. We found that Goodman shared our values of availability, responsiveness, and customer focus,” Franck Grimonprez,President, Log'Solutions.
Goodman will develop the new building to match Log’Solutions’ specific requirements. By offering optimal storage space, with a new Grade A warehouse that will incorporate features such as 12 m free height ceiling and autodocks, Goodman is well positioned to develop the warehouse as a long-term solution for their customer. Log’Solutions also required the development to be completed within a short time frame and the completion is scheduled for the end of the second quarter 2014. Crucially, Goodman had obtained the building permit and necessary authorisation to ensure the completed facility is able to be delivered ten months after being awarded the development project.
“We are very pleased to develop this 30,000 m² turnkey facility for Log’Solutions at Lauwin-Planque. Goodman was selected to undertake this project because of our ability to respond accurately and efficiently to the needs of our customers, particularly in terms of our product offering, quality service, and delivery date reliability,” said Philippe Arfi, Goodman Director France.
In less than a year, Goodman has developed more than half of its Lille-Douai Logistics Centre. Two development sites, of 30,000 m² and 60,000 m² respectively, are still available for the development of modern logistics space. Significantly, Goodman can complete the development of the available sites within a 10-month timeframe.
"We are delighted to conclude this latest project in Douai with Goodman, with whom we have collaborated in a spirit of trust for several years. The development confirms that Douai is well positioned to attract significant logistics projects and create employment opportunities,” concluded Christian Poiret, CEO of the Douai Urban Community.
Tostain & Lafineur advised both parties on the transaction.