BLG awards contract to AEW and Panattoni for new logistics center in port of Düsseldorf

Panattoni Europe, a developer of logistics real estate in Hamburg, and LOGISTIS Funds, managed by AEW Europe as the investor, are setting up a new logistics center in Düsseldorf on a total area of 117,000 square meters. This is the result of an intensive planning and coordination process between the municipal utility, Stadtwerken Düsseldorf, as the property owner, the Ports of Neuss-Düsseldorf as the owner of the container terminal, the logistics provider BLG LOGISTICS as the tenant, Panattoni and AEW as well as Logivest, a logistics real estate specialist providing support and consulting services for the location process.

The size, the outstanding connections for all modes of transportation and the location directly opposite the container terminal run by RheinCargo make the site especially attractive. The developer acquired the property in the port of Düsseldorf from Stadtwerken Düsseldorf on a hereditary lease basis. Logistics provider BLG has already rented part of the site on a long-term basis and will work for customers in the automotive sector there, among others.

A logistics facility with three building sections and a total of approx. 32,000 square meters of useful area and around 600 square meters of mezzanine space will be built in the first construction phase on the site rented by BLG. There will also be office, social and technical space amounting to approx. 1,000 square meters. The logistics facility will be specially geared to the needs of BLG and its customers. It additionally has around 5,000 square meters of outdoor space. Furthermore, the complex meets all requirements for handling long trucks and enables sideways unloading under catslide roofs. Other distinguishing features of the new BLG logistics center are the organizational and technical safety precautions. They include a central reporting office with double barrier system and guidance of the vehicle to the specified gate, all around fencing, video surveillance for buildings and grounds as well as an access control system for all doors and gates.

Rainer Pennekamp, Board member of Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG, is delighted about the revitalization of the old coal storage site at the Lausward power station: “We intensively examined the question of whom we wanted to use the very attractive site near the power station that we no longer needed for operational purposes. The new logistics center sends out a major signal for Düsseldorf as an industrial and port location.”

This development is the second project that Panattoni and AEW are implementing for BLG; it follows the new logistics facility at the Bremen Freight Village: “Through this project we can continue the good cooperation with BLG in Düsseldorf. The equipment and quality meet the most recent standards and are geared to BLG’s specific requirements. Around 60,000 square meters of modern logistics space will be in place after two stages of construction,” explains Fred-Markus Bohne, Managing Partner at Panattoni Europe.

BLG will perform international logistics services there for the nearby plant of a large German carmaker and serve other industrial clients. Frank Sturm, Managing Director of BLG Industrielogistik GmbH & Co. KG, has the following comments regarding the location in Düsseldorf: “For BLG the new trimodal site with its outstanding port infrastructure is yet another major step that strengthens our network and offers new opportunities for the logistics activities of our customers. The region profits from creation and securing of jobs in the three-digit range.”

Rainer Schäfer, Managing Director of Neuss-Düsseldorfer Häfen GmbH & Co. KG, is proud of the new location: “The cooperation between all those involved was very constructive. This led to the high-performance and positive result. The location in the port of Düsseldorf allows us to utilize the existing logistics infrastructure for the worldwide flows of goods of our partners.”

Kuno Neumeier, Managing Director of the management consultant firm Logivest GmbH in Munich, which is providing consulting support for location and renting of the space, summarizes: “In Germany we need more logistics space of this size with the transport connections offered. The cooperation between all partners in this large-scale project – the municipal utility, the city, port, developer and investor as well as tenant – has shown how logistics location projects can succeed.”

August 31, 2015
On this site in the Düsseldorf harbor the new logistics complex will be built. (photo: Neuss Düsseldorfer Häfen GmbH & Co. KG)
Jointly signed the lease: (from left) Kuno Neumeier (Logivest), Frank Sturm (BLG Industrielogistik), Robert Bommers (BLG Industrielogistik), Fred-Markus Bohne (Panattoni Europe), Rainer Schäfer (Neuss-Düsseldorfer Häfen GmbH & Co. KG) and Matthieu Samaran (AEW Europe).