July 2015 - Verdion

Verdion invests €15 million in new Derby Cycle facility

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Verdion has secured the pre-let of 25,381 sq m to Derby Cycle Werke GmbH, for a new €15 million logistics facility in Cloppenburg.

As Germany’s largest bicycle manufacturer and one of Europe’s leading bicycle companies, Derby Cycle is a subsidiary of Dutch conglomerate Pon Holdings, the international trading and service company that employs almost 13,000 people across 32 countries.

The new Grade A warehouse facility, located in Cloppenburg, Lower Saxony, will store some 150,000 bicycles, reflecting Derby Cycle’s successful business growth in its European markets. The company is both a leader in E-bikes and a manufacturer of many well-known premium bike brands, including Kalkhoff, Focus, Raleigh, Univega, Rixe and Cervélo.

Andre Banschus, Verdion’s Country Manager – Germany, says: “To be selected to design, finance and develop this important facility for Derby Cycle continues to reinforce Verdion’s expertise and strength in the European logistics market.”

The new facility will be located on Ecopark, an established logistics area close to the E323 and A1 highways, within 65km of both Bremen and Osnabrück.

Construction work has started and completion is scheduled for Q1 2016.

Verdion Partner wins IPE Real Estate Award for Sustainability

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Verdion’s financing partner, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) has received the IPE Real Estate Global Award for Sustainable Strategy 2015.

HOOPP was awarded the prize as the acknowledged sector leader for its sustainability concept in the framework of maintaining and improving its property assets.

Projects carried out jointly by Verdion and HOOP include the first phase of its 1,184,069 sq ft (110,000 sq m) high quality logistics development in Hanover, Germany – let to Arvato – where 7,824 solar panels have been installed on the 452, 099 sq ft (42,000 sq m) roof. These generate around 2.76 million kilowatt hours of electricity, corresponding to the average demand of 800 Hanover households. In addition, as part of the development scheme, 350,000 Euro has been invested in a new landscape park nearby.

Sustainability was also an important factor in the construction of the 366,000 sq ft (34,000 sq m) bespoke logistics and light production facility developed for technology giant Siemens in Chemnitz, Germany. The production facility has been awarded the LEED Silver certificate by the U.S. Green Building Council.