Panattoni Europe, Poland's leader in the industrial property market has commenced construction works on the biggest lease in Central and Eastern Europe. The developer's customer is Amazon-online retail giant, for whom Panattoni Europe is set to deliver more than 201,000 m² of modern warehouse space in two distribution centers. The facilities will be located in Poznań and Wrocław.
Panattoni Europe has broken another record in the industrial space market. Following the contracts with H&M, Leroy Merlin, Tesco and the facility for Castorama which is currently being finalized, the developer has won another impressive contract. It includes two distribution centers for the industry leader in online retail, Amazon-the world's largest distance selling chain. The total space of the facilities built by Panattoni will amount to 201,306 m².
"The centers to be delivered by Panattoni Europe are placed in strategic locations, not just for Amazon and the developer, but also for the local logistics market. They will be built near Poznań and Wrocław, and each one will feature more than 100,000 m². Each one will provide jobs to approx. 2 thousand people, going up to 3 thousand in the holiday season. It is a momentous transaction not only for the development industry, but also for the economy, and definitely a landmark event in the market" said Robert Dobrzycki, Managing Partner for Panattoni Europe adding: " The distribution centers for Amazon constitute the biggest contract in the history of the real estate market in Poland and in CEE, lending more proof to the professionalism and dynamism of the Panattoni team. We are proud that Panattoni in Poland contributed to expanding Panattoni US - Amazon US business relationship, not only in our country but also in Europe".
The first of the warehouses is under development in Sady near Poznań, approx. 2.5 kilometres from the expressway S11 and 16 km from the motorway A2. The facility will take up more than 100,653 m². Warehouse space has been planned on more than 91,837 m², which means that it would fit some 2,800 tractor units next to one another. In light of the plans to employ 2 thousand (up to 3 thousand) employees, office and staff facilities have been planned on two-storey taking up 8,816 m². The facility will feature 2,154 car parking spaces, 97 truck spaces, 32 handicapped spaces, 16 motorcycle spaces, and 60 reloading docks. Due to the high headcount and to facilitate commuting by public transport, two bus stops will be built in the vicinity of the investment. The facility was the first to start construction works and it will also be the first to be commissioned, as soon as mid-August 2014.
The other facility will be built in Wrocław's Bielany, in the direct vicinity of the Nowa Wieś junction linking the motorways A4 and A8. The planned space accounts for close to 100,653 m², of which the warehouse will take up 91,837 m², while office and staff facilities - 8,816 m². The distribution center will feature 1,942 car parking spaces (including those for disabled drivers), 111 truck spaces, 16 motorcycle spaces and 60 reloading docks. Additionally, Panattoni Europe will ensure the high standard of road infrastructure around the facility - putting in place 3 exits and 2 access roads. Construction works have started, while planned completion and commissioning are expected in October this year.