Goodman to develop 63,000-m² automotive warehouse for DB Schenker Logistics in Leipzig (DE)

Goodman Group has announced that it has signed a deal with DB Schenker Logistics for a 63,000-m² pre-committed warehouse development in Leipzig, Germany.

Schenker Deutschland AG will provide logistics services for BMW at the new facility and is expected to create up to 600 new jobs when it is fully operational. This latest transaction underlines Goodman's position as the market leader for logistics real estate development in Germany.

The facility will be purpose built for automotive logistics and have a total lettable area of approximately 81,000 m². This will be comprised of a 52,000-m² warehouse and 2,000 m² of office space. It will be fitted with 8,600 m² of covered side-loading areas and 18,000 m² of outside storage area. The development will also be equipped with 35 loading docks, with space available to increase capacity by an additional 15 docks.

Handover will take place over a phased period between July and November 2011. Upon completion the project will represent an investment value of over €33 million.

On behalf of DB Schenker: "This is the third logistics center that Goodman has developed for DB Schenker in Germany. The relationship also extends to Goodman's development of DB Schenker state-of-the-art facilities in Belgium, Spain and in the Czech Republic."

Goodman has acquired a 272,000-m² site on the opposite side of the A14 motorway to the existing BMW production facility in Leipzig, which is adjacent to the new Leipzig trade fair center. Of the total site, 138,000 m² is to be developed into the new warehouse facility for Schenker. The new development further demonstrates Goodman's ability to deliver tailor made, flexible solutions for its customers in strategic locations.

The new Leipzig development will be located in the Saxon Triangle, a metropolitan region in Germany consisting of the cities of Cheminitz; Dresden; Halle; Leipzig and Zwickau. It is approximately 120 km south of Berlin and 140 km north of Prague. The remaining land on the site will be available to meet the future development requirements of Goodman's other customers.

"We are delighted to be working again with Goodman. This latest project for DB Schenker follows Goodman's development of a 70,000-m² warehouse in Leipzig for Amazon in 2006. Leipzig is an established industrial and logistics hotspot in Germany due to the presence of two large automotive plants, excellent transport infrastructure links and availability of highly skilled labor. It is therefore no surprise that all major logistics service providers have a significant presence in the area," said Uwe Albrecht, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Employment, City of Leipzig.

"This is the third development project in Germany announced by Goodman in the last six months for a total combined 145,000 m² of newly secured developments. Our ability to deliver flexible tailor-made solutions, combined with our strong financial position makes us the market leader in Germany for new logistics developments," said Andreas Fleischer, Country Manager for Goodman in Germany.

Source: Goodman

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