Arvato Supply Chain Solutions takes entire second phase of Verdion ExpoPark Hanover

Third-party logistics service provider Arvato Supply Chain Solutions, part of the Bertelsmann Group, has leased the entire second phase of Verdion ExpoPark Hanover, a total of 46,700 sq m of logistics space within the city. Pan-European logistics specialist Verdion started construction of the €60 million project near Hanover Messe on a speculative basis in July last year.

With this new lease, Arvato Supply Chain Solutions is expanding its footprint at this location, having taken the first phase of the park – a total of 59,800 sq m designed specifically for the fashion sector – in 2013. Arvato Supply Chain Solutions will use the new space for handling the distribution for two brands and start with an initial 300 new jobs on site.

“When the opportunity arose to expand our business right next door, we immediately seized the opportunity,” said Stefan Weidt, Executive Vice President Consumer Products at Arvato Supply Chain Solutions. “This gives us the chance to grow with our customers right here in Hanover.” The supply chain management and e-commerce service provider is particularly growing the e-commerce segment and continues to expand the business with new and existing customers.

André Banschus, Executive Director at Verdion, added: “This is a sought-after urban logistics site and demand was especially high as a result of its excellent public transport links, quick connections to the new DB MegaHub freight terminal and the national motorway network. In the current market the decision to build speculatively was absolutely right. More importantly, we have built a close and trusting relationship with our long-term partner Arvato Supply Chain Solutions and are delighted to support their expansion at this strategic Hanover site.”

The new distribution centre has been developed to a very advanced technical specification, particularly for a speculative development, and meets the highest standards in energy efficiency and sustainability. Verdion is targeting a DGNB Gold sustainability rating, with the installation of photovoltaic panels with an output of 4.4 kWh p.a. on the roof of the building expected to play a significant part. A similar level of photovoltaic energy generation was included in phase one.

The facility was developed in partnership with the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) which will hold the property in its portfolio long-term with Verdion as asset manager.

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