Anja Schnarre, Author at Verdion

Multiple awards for iPort

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Verdion’s 6 million sq ft (557,000 sq m) multi-modal logistics scheme in Doncaster is now a multi-award winner having picked up three further industry awards this month.

The Strategic Rail Freight Interchange was awarded Best Overall Scheme – Logistics Park at the Industrial Agents Society Awards 2017 on the 28th September. On the same day, iPort also picked up two further trophies at the Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards, being awarded Development of the Year as well as Commercial Property Deal of the Year for the letting of 1.3 million s ft of logistics space to international retailer Amazon.

These awards follow the Game Changer Award 2017 honored to Verdion at the Yorkshire Property Awards in May for its work on  iPort. The Game Changer award recognises projects or deals which have had a material effect on the surrounding environment or on the market.


Michael Hughes, CEO of Verdion, comments: “It has been a fantastic year for iPort. We have secured occupiers for approximately 2.4 million square feet at the scheme – in the logistics centre of the UK – and there will be much more to come.”

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DÜRKOP signs up to Airpark Berlin

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Verdion, Europe’s specialist logistics developer and Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP (“Rockspring”) have secured the first pre-let in phase 2 of their €90 million Verdion Airpark development in Berlin. The letting is to the German based business DÜRKOP GmbH.

The multi-brand car-trading group has taken half of the phase 2 space, leasing a 9,065 sq m logistics unit, with approximately 1,395 sq m of office and ancillary space.

Phase 1 of Airpark Berlin, totalling 29,500 sq m, has already been successfully let to Bringmeister (Edeka Group), Dachser SE & PUK.

Verdion’s CEO Michael Hughes comments: “The success in letting the partially speculative first phase encouraged us to build the second phase completely speculatively and this has paid off. Demand for high-quality logistics space in this excellent location remains unbroken.”

Stuart Reid, Rockspring Partner overseeing Germany, said: “Following the successful letting to DÜRKOP, some 75% of the first two phases have been pre-let. We now look forward to further lettings and developing the rest of Airpark out.”

Verdion Airpark Berlin is located in close proximity to Berlin’s city centre and is within two kilometres of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport site and adjacent to key road and rail infrastructure. The 92,000 sq m park is being delivered in phases, with both speculative and built-to-suit opportunities for warehousing units ranging from 5,000 sq m to 20,000 sq m. The units have been flexibly designed to the highest specification to meet the strong market demand from 3PLs, retailers and e-tailers seeking urban logistics space. The development has an expected end investment value exceeding €90 million.

Verdion expands Nordic portfolio

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DHL pre-let triggers Copenhagen construction start

Verdion has launched Verdion iPark Copenhagen, its new €45 million Grade A development in the city, with an immediate pre-let of 12,000 sq m to the world’s largest logistics provider.

The 36,000 sq m multi-phase logistics park is located sdjacent to the Route 16 motorway, just 20km north of Copenhagen. The park offers a fast and immediate road connection to Copenhagen to the south and to the key supply chain route to Helsingør, (linked to the Swedish port of Helsingborg) to the north.

Verdion has secured a pre-let of 12,000 sq m of warehouse and office space to support DHL’s contract with one of the world’s largest healthcare companies – the largest company in the Nordics market by capitalisation. This is the second warehouse Verdion has developed for the logistics provider in Denmark, the first facility, also a pharma platform, was completed at Greve, close to Copenhagen, in 2015.

Construction of Verdion iPark Copenhagen is now underway with completion of DHL’s facility scheduled for Q2 2018.

Verdion’s Nordic business continues to expand its operations; in May of this year the company completed the development of a €20 million Nordic parts warehouse for BMW in Malmö.

Michael Hughes, CEO of Verdion, says: “Verdion iPark Copenhagen was conceived to tap into the growing occupier demand for logistics property in both Copenhagen and the adjacent Skåna region of Sweden.  Secured and created off market, the strong location, plus Verdion quality and speed of delivery, will prove highly appealing to supply chain businesses.”

Verdion shortlisted for Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards

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Verdion has reached the shortlist for the Yorkshire Post’s 2017 Excellence in Business Awards, in the category of Commercial Space, for its £600 million iPort development in Doncaster.

The awards, hosted by Yorkshire’s chief local newspaper, celebrate the best of the region’s companies. The Commercial Space category, for which Verdion is nominated alongside Jaywing Harris CM Ltd, Tokyo Industries, recognises a commercial project that is “an inspiring use of commercial space, and also shows the real value of world class architects and designers”, whether new build or existing.

Mark Casci, the Yorkshire Post’s Business Editor, said: “”In these ever-changing and evolving times it is essential we celebrate and highlight the outstanding work that so many of our companies do on a day-to-day basis.

“I am continually stating how Yorkshire is a world-class centre for business and nothing sums this up more than these awards.”

iPort is bringing businesses such as Amazon, CEVA and Lidl to the region.

The results of the awards will be announced in a ceremony that will take place on November 2nd at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Amazon mega-shed at iPort now complete

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Verdion has completed construction of the new 1.1 million sq ft (102,190 sq m), £100 million logistics facility for Amazon at iPort, its 6 million sq ft (557,400 sq m) logistics hub in Doncaster.

The bespoke warehouse is 0.5 kilometres in length – the size equivalent of 14 football pitches – while the building design itself is state-of-the-art, with an interior fit-out design and specification that is cutting edge and unique to Amazon.

John Clements, Verdion’s European Development Director, comments: “We are delighted to have completed on schedule, less than 12 months after signing the deal with Amazon – extremely quick for such a large and complex project.”

Gent Visick, CBRE and Colliers International are letting agents for iPort.


Verdion named 2017 Logistics Award finalist

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Verdion has been announced a finalist in the 2017 Logistics Awards, in the ‘New Facility’ category, for the 1.3 million sqft of logistics space leased by Amazon at iPort in Doncaster.

The Logistics Awards, run by SHD Logistics Magazine, are designed to recognise operational excellence and celebrate the very best companies within the logistics and supply chain sectors, with winners chosen by a panel of independent judges.

The new Amazon facility, for which Verdion is nominated, forms part of iPort, Verdion’s 6 million sq ft logistics hub in Doncaster. The site, which is now under Phase 2 of construction, includes design-and-build and speculatively-built units.

In 2016, Verdion signed a deal with Amazon to lease two units at iPort totalling 1.3 million sq ft: a 214,600 sq ft speculatively-built fulfilment centre, along with a bespoke design and build warehouse (with office space) totalling 1.1 million sq ft – the size equivalent of 14 football pitches.

The building design is state of the art, bringing Verdion’s European  standards, material and subcontractors to this UK project, while the deal itself represented one of the largest UK logistics transactions of 2016.

The results of the 2017 Logistics Awards will be announced during a ceremony on September 21st at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London.

Built-to-suit BMW logistics facility now complete

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Verdion, Europe’s specialist logistics and industrial investor has completed a new 27,000 sq m Grade A logistics facility for BMW at Verdion Logistics Park, Malmö.

The €20 million new, built-to-suit, Grade A logistics facility will be used to store car and motorcycle parts for the German luxury car manufacturer.

Verdion Logistics Park  is an 8 ha logistics site on the edge of the town of Staffanstorp, just outside Malmö.

Positioned at a junction of Highway 11, the site provides a direct connections to the city, as well as to Copenhagen, via the Øresund Bridge. Its location in Southern Sweden also provides the logistics park with easy access to other Swedish and European cities.

André Banschus, Verdion’s Executive Director, comments: “We are pleased to have delivered this site in partnership with world-leading BMW, a result of our proactive development strategy and logistical expertise within key European markets. This is one of several European locations where Verdion is deploying its technical knowledge to suit our customers’ specialist needs.”

New Materion facility breaks ground

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Verdion held a ground breaking ceremony today in Alzenau, Germany for its new 108,000 sq ft (10,000 sq m) logistics facility for advanced materials company Materion.

The event was attended by representatives of the companies involved, including contractor Kögel & Nunne, as well as the mayor of the city Alzenau Dr. Leglers.

Gerald Ritter, Managing Director of Materion Germany, commented: “We are delighted about this milestone – the groundbreaking ceremony for a highly modern work. This building confirms our long-term commitment to the future of the target business at Materion against our customers, employees and the region.”

André Banschus, Executive Director of Verdion, said: “This symbolic start of works marks the beginning of an important, high-quality facility and a major investment.

“At Verdion we are proud of our track record and, as our past projects have demonstrated, have a reputation as a reliable development partner and for completing complex schemes on time to the complete satisfaction of our customers and partners, which is always our highest priority.”

Completion of the building is scheduled for December 2017.

Great Yorkshire Way wins economic growth award

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The Great Yorkshire Way, which links Verdion’s £500 million iPort scheme to the M18, has been announced winner of the Award for Promoting Economic Growth at the 2017 Planning Awards.

Jo Miller, Chief Executive of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council accepted the award on behalf of the council at a ceremony that took place on June 21st at the Savoy Hotel, London.  The Planning Awards, run by Planning Magazine, celebrate excellence in planning and place-making across a range of categories.

Known formally as the Finnington and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS), the Great Yorkshire Way is a new highway for Doncaster. It was constructed to enable the development of the 6 million sqft iPort logistics scheme, which will incorporate a 35 acre strategic rail freight terminal and deliver jobs to the region. Phase One, which opened in February 2016, connects iPort to the M18 at Junction 3 and to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, with another link into the village of Rossington.

Verdion was one of the funding partners for the Great Yorkshire Way, alongside the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Growing Places Fun, Doncaster Council corporate resources, and the Sheffield City Region Transport Strategy.

Phase Two, once constructed, will extend the Great Yorkshire Way, creating a direct link from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the M18.