Panattoni Europe for OBI – 50,700 sqm near Lodz in the Nowosolna commune
Panattoni Europe has embarked on a project to build the central warehouse for building and home design retail chain OBI. The BTS facility with close to 50,700 sqm will be delivered near Lodz, in the Nowosolna commune. Its development has been divided into two stages – with the first one scheduled for completion in November 2017.
Panattoni Europe’s portfolio has been joined by another major player in the DIY sector – the building and home design retail chain OBI, for whom the developer will deliver the central warehouse. The BTS (built-to-suit) facility will feature close to 50,700 sqm – the warehousing section with a cross-docking platform will take up more than 49,840 sqm, and office space – 850 sqm.
The development project will proceed in two stages – in stage one 20,000 sqm are under development, to be commissioned in the coming November. The completion of the entire investment and acceptance by the tenant are scheduled to take place by December 2018 at the latest.
“The location of OBI’s new distribution centre for Poland in Nowosolna is advantageous for a number of reasons: the proximity of a large agglomeration, public transport connections to Lodz, immediate vicinity of the A1 motorway and its junction with the A2. We have chosen to work together with Panattoni because they are open to challenges, flexible and client-oriented, and these days this is the only type of partner worth being involved with,” said Katarzyna Kowalska, Head of OBI Supply Chain in Poland.
Central Poland is one of the most desirable logistics locations in Central and Eastern Europe. From the outset of its business in Poland, the developer recognised the value of this region, delivering a total of 600,000 sqm here, including as much as 345,000 sqm in the Lodz zone and 256,000 sqm in Stryków – one of the largest logistics centres nationwide. Today, Panattoni Europe boasts 147,600 sqm under development – of which 18,600 sqm is being delivered at the developer’s own parks and 129,000 sqm in custom-tailored facilities.