Verdion hands over new German production and research facility to Xylem
Following only 12 months of construction, pan-European logistics real estate specialist Verdion has handed over a 15,000 sq m specialist production and research facility at the Achalaich business park in Weilheim, southern Germany, to global water technology company Xylem.
The built-to-suit project for Xylem encompasses four integrated buildings, with 9,663 sq m of production, storage and distribution space, 1,065 sq m for research and development and 4,144 sq m of office and social space – which includes a roof terrace for employees and guests with a spectacular view of the Bavarian Alps. A solar power station above the storage area will deliver 790,000 kWh of electricity each year and a solar heat facility on the office building, which also includes a number of other sustainability features, heats water on site. Verdion aims to achieve a DGNB Gold sustainability accreditation for the property.
Xylem Analytics will produce technical equipment for the analysis of water, wastewater, marine and coastal water bodies, food, beverages, the environment, chemistry and pharmaceuticals on the site. The company, which has been active in Weilheim since 1954, will move its 400 employees to the new location following handover.
Ulrich Schwab, Managing Director of Xylem Analytics Germany and Site Manager Weilheim, says: “The handover of keys to the new site is a milestone in our company’s 75-year history. We are looking forward to working in a modern building with excellent facilities and space for further growth. We are thus able to massively strengthen our core competence, water analysis, and also offer our employees a secure future in Weilheim.”
André Banschus, Executive Director of Verdion, adds: “This new location for Xylem creates more space for operations and is precisely tailored to its needs. Working closely with Xylem, we have designed the new facility around its business processes and corporate ethos – from clearly separating offices and social space from more sensitive production and research areas to adding a rainwater recycling facility that reflects Xylem’s corporate goal of handling water resources sustainably.”
The full investment volume of the project amounts to over €25 million. Verdion acted in partnership with Canadian pension fund Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) as part of a long-term partnership on the financing, development and management of logistics properties across Europe. Xylem has leased the building from HOOPP for 15 years, with Verdion managing the asset during this time. CBRE acted as a broker on both the site acquisition and the lease agreement.
Weilheim is located around 50 km south-west of Munich, close to both Lake Ammer and Lake Starnberg. The Achalaich business park is linked to the B2, Germany’s longest federal highway which links Berlin with Munich, and further South with Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Weilheim is also located along the Munich-Garmisch-Partenkirchen train line.