Logicenters, the largest owner and developer of modern logistics properties in the Nordic region, will develop a modern manufacturing facility next to Huhtamäki’s logistics center in the Käikälä industrial park in Hämeenlinna, Finland. The facility is to become a true specimen of expertise in energy-efficient construction. The construction of the facility began in July 2018 and the facility will be completed during 2019.
Energy efficiency and sustainability have been taken widely into consideration in the design of the manufacturing facility. The aim in the heating of buildings is to achieve the most energy-efficient overall solution with geothermal energy as the main form of heating, supplemented by natural gas and the waste heat from the facility’s production process. In addition to utilizing the waste heat generated in the process in the heat recovery system, the heat can also be stored in the ground and effectively used in heating the property.
Investments into energy efficiency are also planned in the external structures and lighting of the property. Wall and ceiling airtightness will be designed to meet the standards of energy-efficient building technology, and the lighting, which will use LED technology, will be controlled by an intelligent lighting system that can adjust the lighting based on conditions, among other things. The lighting solution achieved can be up to 80 percent more energy-efficient than traditional fluorescent lighting. In addition, there are plans to build a 750 kWp solar power plant on the property, as well as an energy monitoring system that can be used to monitor the energy consumption of the facility at an hourly level in more than 10 measuring points.
“Buildings make up a huge amount of the total energy consumption in Finland. Sustainability is important to us in all our operations, and we are proud to bring new innovative solutions to energy-efficient construction,” says Jani Nokkanen, Partner at NREP.
The new manufacturing facility will replace Huhtamäki’s current facility, which was built in the 1960s. YIT Oy is the construction contractor in the project.
Logicenters, the leading owner and developer of modern logistics properties in the Nordics, acquires a 9,000 sqm property from a fund managed by Auratum Kiinteistöt Oy. Located in the Moreeni industrial area of Hämeenlinna, the property is leased out to Posti Kiinteistöt Oy.
The buyer of the property built in 2012 is Logicenters. Posti operates a distribution center in the property for rigid packaging solutions manufacturer Coveris Rigid Finland, which has a factory located cost-efficiently in the neighboring building.
A passageway connects the logistics center to the factory located next door, and the logistics process between the factory and warehouse is fully automated. Excess heat generated in the factory can also be utilized in the warehouse via the heat distribution system installed between the buildings.
– We are very pleased about the opportunity to expand our portfolio in Finland with this modern logistics property. The investment is well in line with Logicenters’ strategy of developing and acquiring modern logistics properties in good locations across the Nordics. With the acquisition, we are also expanding our cooperation with Posti to Hämeenlinna, says Antti Toropainen, Investment Manager at Logicenters.
The logistics center is situated in the Moreeni logistics and industrial area of Hämeenlinna, providing a central location at the intersection between Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Lahti. The area, located at the intersection of major freeways, is well-suited for distribution centers. Several logistics companies, large manufacturers and wholesalers operate in the area. The logistics property can be expanded in the future if additional space is needed for distribution purposes.