Groundbreaking for new BLG logistics center in Düsseldorf

The ceremonial commencement of construction of BLG LOGISTICS’ new logistics facility in the port of Düsseldorf took place today together with project partners Panattoni Europe, AEW Europe, client Daimler, RheinCargo as well as the City of Düsseldorf and the property owner Stadtwerke Düsseldorf. The logistics center, which is geared to the requirements of the car parts and industrial logistics sector, will be built on a total property area of 117,000 square meters.

The first construction phase encompasses a basic area of 71,000 square meters, which will be the site of a logistics facility with three indoor sections and a total of 32,000 square meters of usable floor space as well as an additional 1,000 square meters of office, staff and technical space. Completion is planned for spring 2016. Altogether, 60,000 square meters of logistics space will be created in two phases of construction. “The property and outside area precisely meet our expectations for a modern logistics facility. In addition, the infrastructure provided is right on the mark thanks to the good trimodal connection of the site. For us this project is a further new milestone in the excellent cooperation with our client,” stated Andreas Wellbrock, member of the Board of Management of BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG. In future BLG will primarily carry out logistics services for the nearby Daimler plant in Düsseldorf via the new logistics center. Martin Kelterer, Site Manager of the Düsseldorf location for Daimler AG, praised the long-standing cooperation with BLG based on a high degree of trust: “We are delighted to further intensify this cooperation at the Düsseldorf site for the benefit of the industry.”

Apart from the size and the outdoor area encompassing 5,000 square meters, the cornerstones of the logistics facility include the capability of handling long trucks and sideways unloading under catslide roofs. Other features comprise organizational and technical safety precautions, such as 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. “In our planning we took into consideration the highest safety and security standards and optimum conditions for an effective workflow. Now we are focusing on equally smooth performance of the construction work,” said Fred-Markus Bohne, Managing Partner Panattoni Europe, on the occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony. His project partner, Stephan Bönning, Head of Germany and Central Europe AEW Europe, added: “This investment leaves no questions open. With BLG as a long-term tenant at a location with ideal logistics conditions nothing stands in the way of positive development of this facility.”

The City of Düsseldorf underscores the combination of developer, tenant and client: “It’s an exemplary location project. The new logistics center enabling use by the automotive sector means creation and securing of jobs in the three-digit range for the region,” said Monika Lehmhaus, Councilwoman and Chairwoman of the Committee for Economics, Tourism and Real Estate of the City of Düsseldorf. Rainer Pennekamp, Board member of Stadtwerke Düsseldorf, which as the owner rented the property on a hereditary lease basis: “We intensively examined the question of whom we wanted as tenant on 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.” More movement and more cargo are the issues at the location, which Rainer Schäfer, Managing Director of RheinCargo, emphasized: “Car parts and industrial logistics involve nearly all stages of a logistics value chain. Integrated into the port of Düsseldorf, the new facility creates a win-win situation – both for the new tenant and for Düsseldorfer Container-Hafen GmbH as well as surrounding logistics providers.”

September 29, 2015
Turned the first sod in the port of Düsseldorf: (from left) Rainer Schäfer, Martin Kelterer, Stephan Bönning, Monika Lehmhaus, Andreas Wellbrock, Rainer Pennekamp and Fred-Markus Bohne.