Goodman Group (Goodman) has signed a major pre-committed development in Germany with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on a new built-to-suit production facility in Hanover. The external supply center has an area of approximately 45,000 m² and will incorporate just-in-time supply for the production of the Amarok, one of Volkswagen's commercial vehicles.
"Goodman has a strong track record in the development of logistics facilities for the automotive industry, which we have demonstrated through projects in recent months that include BMW in Leipzig, Mercedes-Benz in Malsch.
"We are delighted to have been selected by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as their project partner and with the confidence placed in us and our proven experience in delivering quality logistics space for our customers.
"We also hope to be more involved in the Hanover region in the future," said Andreas Fleischer, Goodman Country Manager for Germany.
For the current project, Goodman acquired a total area of 83,000 m² in the 'Schwarze Heide' (Black Heath) commercial area of Hanover, near Volkswagen's commercial vehicle production facility. The site has convenient links to the A2 and A353 as well as to Hanover Airport and the Nordhafen port in Hanover.
The new building offers approximately 45,000 m² of undercover storage area. Volkswagen will use 30,000 m² of this space as storage for the just-in-time supply in the Amarok production. The remaining 15,000 m² will be built completely around the warehouse, as a U-shaped refrigerated storage area and loading tunnel. Trucks can be loaded and unloaded in the tunnel with lower emissions.
In addition, a 500-meter green noise barrier will be constructed to combat emissions and noise, and will shield the building to the north.
Construction commenced in early September, and the first unit of approximately 10,000 m² will be handed over at the start of January 2012.
"The City welcomes the Goodman's development for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. It means we will achieve exactly what was planned for the 'Schwarze Heide' commercial area, namely the establishment of a supply industry and logistics hub," said Hans Mönninghoff, Head of the Economy Department of the City of Hanover.
Goodman has included a number of sustainable features in the development, and will seek a certification rating from the German society for sustainable construction (DGNB).