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edition 11 (215)
November 2016
Warehouse & industrial

Panattoni’s autumn offensive

Panattoni’s autumn offensive
Panattoni Park Cheb in the Karlovy Vary region of the Czech Republic is to house a Tchibo distribution centre with 73,000 sqm

POLAND/CZECH REPUBLIC Raben Logistics Polska has leased 42,526 sqm of warehouse space in Panattoni Park Grodzisk III near Warsaw. Industrial developer Panattoni is to develop three buildings for the tenant with the work to be completed in December 2017.

Two warehouse buildings will offer respectively 20,800 sqm (of which 900 sqm will be office space) and 12,019 sqm (with 300 sqm of office space). The clearance height of the warehouse area will be 12m, which will allow for the use of reach trucks, platform trucks and counterbalance forklift trucks. Additionally, a temperature control system is to be installed in the second building. The third building with app. 9,500 sqm of space and a height of 6m will serve as a cross-docking facility. The company will occupy a total office space of 1,400 sqm. There will also be 214 parking spaces as well as parking for 65 trucks. In another Panattoni centre, Panattoni Park Stryków II, Polish business service provider Inforsys is to set up a new logistics centre with a storage area of 10,000 sqm. This space, which may be further extended by another 10,000 sqm, is to be used for its e-commerce businesses. The contract was brokered by Cushman & Wakefield. The 10m-high storage facilities will enable inforsys to stock goods of various sizes and run a comprehensive order processing unit. “The extension of our infrastructure with a new logistics centre enables us to process more orders while maintaining top standards in terms of service quality,” says Witold Szczurek, the president of the board of Inforsys.

More SEZ development

Panattoni has also laid the cornerstone of a 6,500 sqm built-to-suit logistics centre for automotive supplier Sanden Manufacturing Poland in Polkowice within the Legnica Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Lower Silesia. The new building is being built next to Sanden’s existing manufacturing plant, with which it is to be connected via a passageway. This deal was brokered by Colliers International, with Mirbud having been appointed as the general contractor. The centre is scheduled to be completed in January next year with the option to be expanded by a further 3,300 sqm. “Sanden is growing rapidly and winning new clients in the automotive sector. The main aim of this project is to optimise and streamline our logistics processes in Europe so as to be able to meet the needs and expectations of our clients,” comments Joanna Patera, the logistics manager at Sanden Manufacturing Poland. Łukasz Pańczyk, an analyst in the industrial and logistics agency of Colliers International, who helped to broker the transaction, adds “Even though Sanden has been manufacturing compressors in its own plant in Polkowice for many years, they have now decided to lease a logistics centre under a long-term contract. This transaction seems to be part of a current trend that can be seen in the market for industrial space. Many investors are considering leasing industrial centres, and developers are ready to venture out of their main warehousing markets in this regard.”

Not so quiet down south

Panattoni Europe has also signed up industrial supplier Berner Polska for its Panattoni Park Kraków III logistics park in southern Poland. The tenant will occupy over 2,900 sqm including over 2,400 sqm of warehouse space and more than 460 sqm of offices. The space is to be tailored to the company’s needs and will, among other things, allow for the storage of flammable goods. “It is an interesting project and it represented a major challenge as the tenant was looking for non-standard space,” comments Konrad Jacewicz, a negotiator in the industrial and logistics agency of Cushman & Wakefield, which represented Panattoni in the lease negotiations. Panattoni Park Kraków III is located in Skawina near Kraków and comprises 34,500 sqm of leasable space.

The developer has also topped off the 39,000 sqm first phase of a distribution centre for Tchibo at Panattoni Park Cheb in the Karlovy Vary region in the Czech Republic. The centre is to be operational before the end of the year. The second stage of the project, which will offer a further 34,000 sqm, is scheduled for completion by mid-2017. The Tchibo distribution centre will serve online customers from the CEE region as well as from southern Germany. After its extension next year, it will be the second largest distribution centre in the Czech Republic – the largest being Amazon’s distribution centre in Dobrovíz. Both stages of the project are being managed and developed by Panattoni Europe, in cooperation with Czech company Accolade, which is to be the owner and the long-term landlord. Investment costs are estimated at more than EUR 60 mln. Colliers International advised Tchibo on the deal, which is the largest Central European industrial lease negotiated by the consultancy in its history.

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