Panattoni has completed a logistics centre for DHL Parcel. The 32,000 sqm centre in Robaków is going to be the developer’s third industrial development in Poland to be awarded a BREEAM certification rating of Outstanding.
By the end of next year, DHL is planning to have hired 450 workers for its International Logistics Centre in Robaków. An area of around 32,000 sqm is to be dedicated to the automatic sorting of parcels with the heart of the centre being a three-level sorter. The logistics will be facilitated by 300 loading docks. The hi-tech building was developed to the extensive specifications of the client. Moreover, in response to the growing number of electric vehicles in the client’s fleet, Panattoni has prepared eleven charging stations for electric delivery vehicles as well as 13 for passenger cars. DHL Parcel is to mainly use the logistics centre to serve the market in Germany.
“Once again, Poland has demonstrated its huge potential as a hub for serving Western Europe and in particular Germany. One of the most attractive markets in this regard is Poznań and its surrounding towns. We are pleased that more of our developments in the region are allowing international giants to tap into this potential, which is driving the development of the Wielkopolska region,” says Marek Dobrzycki, the Managing Director of Panattoni. “Our development in Robaków for DHL Parcel is also another step forward in the green revolution for both the industrial real estate and the logistics sectors. A BREEAM certification rating of Outstanding, which is under process, demonstrates the extraordinarily high standards that result from the collaboration of Panattoni with the DHL group as well as the understanding that both parties have of a changing market and their desire to set the trends in sustainable construction.”
DHL Parcel uses a range of sustainable solutions, foremost of which is the use of renewable energy. The centre has been adapted for the installation of solar panels with a capacity of 900 KWp. Furthermore, the hall is heated with the help of heat pumps, which cover 100 pct of the heating needs for around 80 pct of the winter period. As part of the development, the developer has also created a green roof for the office section, which reduces heat loss and allows air conditioning costs to be cut during the summer. Plants that absorb carbon dioxide were used to cover the roof. They also absorb much of the noise from machinery placed on the roof. Additionally, solutions were implemented to reduce water usage including collecting the rain to be used for watering plants and creating a grey-water installation. Panattoni has also ensured the hall is well insulated.
“The International Logistics Centre is a business game-changer and a development that will change logistics in Poland. It will bridge Poland with foreign markets. Cross-border trade is one of the fastest growing sectors and we continue to strengthen our position in this logistics field. We will significantly shorten foreign parcel delivery times with our operations being tailored to the needs of our business partners and in the end this will also improve service quality for individual customers. Since this is the most modern International Logistics Centre, it is also ready for servicing the highest traffic for parcel deliveries. We are well prepared and have far greater possibilities for servicing peak volumes,” explains Arkadiusz Stasiak, the vice president of operations at DHL Parcel.