€31 million project to build Europe’s largest wooden logistics property

Garbe Industrial Real Estate and Logicenters are to build Europe's largest wooden logistics property in a project costing around €31 million
Garbe Industrial Real Estate and Logicenters are to build Europe's largest wooden logistics property

Garbe Industrial Real Estate and Logicenters are to build Europe’s largest wooden logistics property in a project costing around €31 million.

They have secured a 47,000 square metre plot of land in Straubing, Lower Bavaria, Germany, on which to build the eco-friendly all-timber property.

Following the start of construction in Quarter 3, 2024, completion of the logistics hall with a total area of around 27,000 square metres is scheduled for Quarter 3, 2025.

Adrian Zellner, Member of the Executive Board of Garbe Industrial Real Estate, says, “The site is one of the last large areas in the port of Straubing-Sand. Its main attraction is its excellent transport links.”

The site offers direct highway connections to Munich, Regensburg, and Passau, as well as the Czech Republic.

Europe’s largest wooden logistics property

On site will be Europe’s largest wooden logistics property suitable for third-party use with around 24,400 square metres of warehouse space, 1,480 square metres of mezzanine space and around 1,100 square metres of office and social space. It will be equipped with 26 dock levellers and nine sectional doors. Parking spaces for 70 cars and twelve trucks as well as 42 parking spaces for bicycles will be created.

Adrian Zellner says, “We are building the hall without any fixed rental commitments. However, there is already an initial interested party from the automotive supplier industry who would like to use the site as a storage and handling area to serve the nearby BMW plant from there. As an automotive option, the entire rear of the hall will have ground-level doors, which will be fitted with a canopy.”

The planned logistics hall is unusual due to its all-timber construction. Not only the entire supporting structure and the mezzanine levels but also the entire façade will be constructed in a unique timber design.

New opportunities to reduce CO2

“Thanks to its eco-balance, wood as a building material offers us completely new opportunities to reduce CO2 as we attach great importance to compliance with sustainable ESG criteria when constructing our properties. With this project, we want to live up to our responsibility as a leading German project developer for warehouse and logistics properties and be a pioneer for more sustainable construction methods. Special thanks go to the Straubing Port Association, which is providing us with significant support for this project as the leaseholder,” explains Adrian Zellner.

To generate renewable energy, the roof of the logistics centre will also be pre-equipped for photovoltaic use and the halls will be fitted with LED lighting. The property will be heated by climate-friendly air-source heat pumps. For the project development, Garbe Industrial Real Estate is aiming for certification in accordance with the Gold Standard of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).

The logistics property in Straubing is the first project of the new joint venture between Garbe Industrial Real Estate and Logicenters.

Logicenters develops and manages logistics real estate and is part of NREP, the largest real estate investment manager in the Nordic countries with assets under management of around €19 billion. The aim of the two joint venture partners is to build a sustainable and strongly ESG-oriented logistics portfolio in Germany.

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