Amazon opts for Panattoni in Germany

  • Panattoni is developing two distribution centres in Hamburg and Kassel

Panattoni, the leading project developer for industrial and logistics facilities in Europe, is developing Amazon distribution centres in Germany which will enable Amazon to provide additional capacities on the last mile.

Two projects are already underway in Kaltenkirchen and Knüllwald. The first logistics facility is being constructed in the Kaltenkirchen-Nützen industrial estate in the Hamburg logistics region. Panattoni is creating 12,064m2 of logistics space and 1,543m2 of office and social space on a plot measuring 93,003m2. With a direct link to the A7 federal autobahn, the site is extremely well connected.

The second distribution centre is taking shape in Knüllwald, in the e-commerce/logistics region of Kassel, where Amazon has been operating on the Panattoni site since August 2019. 8,383m2 of logistics space and 1,531m2 of office and social space are being developed on a plot measuring 80,753m2. The facility will have direct access to the A7 federal autobahn thanks to the existing infrastructure in the intermunicipal industrial estate.

Amazon will use both sites as package distribution centres for final B2C delivery. The concept builds on the delivery principle used by supply partners, with vehicles loading the goods at the side of the distribution centre, awnings protecting the drivers and loading taking place sheltered from the elements. A key advantage of the new concept is that changes can later be made to the way in which the facility is used with maximum flexibility.

“The main challenge posed by these two projects in Hamburg and Kassel was that of developing an unprecedented building concept within a narrow time frame,” explains Fred-Markus Bohne, Managing Partner of Panattoni. “These projects also benefit the local communities. Well over 100 new jobs will be created in each region."

CBRE was involved as consultant on both projects.