Panattoni develops City Dock in Kirchheim bei München with a focus on sustainability

  • Multifunctional business park being built on a 16,030 m2 conversion site
  • Installation of an innovative air filter system called “CityTree”
  • Completion of the City Dock is scheduled for the end of 2022

Panattoni, the leading project developer for industrial and logistics properties in Europe, is realising this time together with the Asset Manager Montis Real Estate an innovative business park in Kirchheim bei München based on the “City Dock” concept. The multi-tenant business park will provide small commercial and logistics spaces close to or in the city centre for small and medium-sized companies, start-ups as well as established branch operators. Thanks to the flexible and modular design of the spaces, the City Docks are suitable for a wide variety of businesses in the fields of trade, commerce, production, logistics and services.

A total of 13,288 m2 of gross floor area will be provided on a plot area of approx. 16,030 m2 and will be split into six to twelve flexible units with a usable height of 8 m. Potential tenants will be able to make use of around 4,249 m2 of logistics and production space, approx. 3,800 m2 of mezzanine space, roughly 3,800 m2 of office space and around 3,800 m2 of flexible space, which can be adapted according to the individual needs of the users. The site is roughly 25 minutes’ drive from the centre of Munich and is within easy reach of the A94 and A99 federal autobahns and is just 8 min from Munich Trade Fair Centre and 25 min from Munich Airport. S-Bahn railway services are right on the doorstep and can be reached on foot. 

Panattoni is developing the City Dock together with the Montis Real Estate GmbH in close consultation with the the municipality of Kirchheim and the regional business development. The project developer is revitalising a site that was previously used by a rail construction company, including the complete demolition of the existing building and railway tracks. The innovative building concept features a three-storey office building as the centrepiece, providing a fresh urban flair. The project developer is also putting a special focus on sustainability with regard to environmental, climate and species protection. Panattoni is aiming for the Platinum Standard from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) with extensive greening of the façade and roof areas. Furthermore, there are plans to install a photovoltaic plant for low-emission power generation as well as facilities for promoting natural biodiversity, such as insect hotels.

“This concept for a modern business park will add further value to our location as an economic hub – a real boost for the post-pandemic recovery. And the sustainable construction method will demonstrate that economic and environmental interests can be reconciled. It will also allow us to expand our range of commercial spaces while preserving existing green spaces,” explains Maximilian Böltl, First Mayor of the Municipality of Kirchheim.

As part of the package of sustainability measures, Panattoni will be implementing the innovative air filter system “CityTree” by the start-up Green City Solutions, based in Berlin, for the first time. The solution makes a proactive contribution to improving the air quality in cities by reducing fine-particulate pollution by almost 50%. Polluted air is sucked up by integrated fans and cleaned using natural air filters in the form of moss mats. A CityTree can filter up to 3,500 m3 of air every hour and feed it back into the ambient air.

 “This will be the first time that we have installed a CityTree on a business park,” explains Peter Sänger, CEO of Green City Solutions. “We are delighted that we can contribute to improving the air quality for employees in the park and for people living in the surrounding area.”

Fred-Markus Bohne, Managing Partner at Panattoni, had the following to say about the project: “Kirchheim is in an excellent location close to Munich. Developing a City Dock here is therefore a major milestone for us. We have set all wheels in motion and we will soon be building an innovative and sustainable business park here for SMEs, start-ups and branch operators, one which stands out in terms of urban planning and sets new standards for the construction of sustainable commercial real estate. We will not only be benefiting future tenants, but also the municipality and local population. I would particularly like to thank our partner Montis Real Estate, the municipality and regional business development for the fruitful collaboration throughout the entire process.”

The demolition work is supposed to start in October 2021, and completion has been pencilled in for the end of 2022. This will be the eighth City Dock project undertaken by Panattoni. Other such business parks are being built in Berlin, Essen, Hilden (near Düsseldorf), Hanover and Leonberg (near Stuttgart).

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