Working in collaboration with ÅF-Infrastructure, Logicenters conducted an energy audit of 13 of Logicenters’ properties. The energy audit shows that the logistics facilities can save up to 30 percent of their total energy consumption. Moreover,
most of the actions appear to involve relatively small investments.
Last winter, Logicenters commissioned ÅF-Infrastructure to initiate a project to help Logicenters’ tenants improve energy efficiency and to reduce their environmental impact. In total, 13 of Logicenters’ logistics facilities have undergone an energy review with the results showing great potential for saving. By streamlining energy consumption in the properties, it is possible to reduce energy costs by one third. In total, this means savings of SEK 500,000 annually – for each property.
“Our energy review shows that a great deal of energy is being wasted. The result indicates that there is greater potential for savings than we believed, especially considering that the properties which were inspected are modern facilities. The cooperation with ÅF is an important step for Logicenters in our efforts to improve the energy efficiency of our properties and to reduce our carbon footprint,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Energy-efficient actions in the 13 facilities can reduce CO2 emissions by a total of more than 1 000 tonnes per year. For the properties which underwent the energy review, the proposed measures to save 30 percent would mean a repayment term of 7.5 years.
When introducing minor measures, which essentially do not involve any monetary investments, the savings potential is still 6 percent.
“Energy efficiency may seem expensive, but we want to use this project to demonstrate that it does not have to cost a fortune to lower costs. It may mean training the staff in the efficient handling of machines or introducing timed lighting on the premises. Certain investments have a longer repayment period than others, but in the long run, both the bank account and the environment benefit from introducing smart, energy-efficient measures,” says Björn Rinde, energy consultant at ÅF-Infrastructure.
The work is now continuing to carry out energy audits at more facilities in Logicenters’ property portfolio. In total, it is estimated that the properties could reduce their CO2 emissions by as much as 6 400 tonnes a year through the introduction of more energy-efficient measures.
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Logicenters is continuing to expand its organisation. Three positions have been added to support growth of the operation. Viktor Gyllenhammar, Chatrine Gustavsson and Erik Lundmark are taking on new roles at Logicenters.
Logicenters’ ambition for the coming years is to strengthen its leading position in modern logistics facilities in the Nordic region. Investment in the organisation is continuing with the welcoming of three new recruits.
Viktor Gyllenhammar joins the team as Asset Manager. His primary duties will be the management of Logicenters’ properties and he will have overall responsibility for budget, follow-up and technology. His role also entails responsibility for leasing and contract negotiation through close dialogue with tenants. Gyllenhammar’s most recent position was in management at Castellum.
Chatrine Gustavsson has been appointed Project Development Associate and will primarily support project developers with tenant contact, stakeholder management and diverse issues in development projects. Her most recent position was as Local Project Manager at PostNord Real Estate – Property and Projects where she was responsible, among other things, for supplying the core business with functional and suitable logistics premises.
Erik Lundmark has been recruited as a Fund Controller with a focus on financing issues, investor reporting and transactions. The reinforcement is another step for Logicenters in strengthening and sustaining the growth of the finance team. Lundmark most recently worked in the auditing department at Deloitte.
“We have ambitious goals when it comes to the development of Logicenters. By recruiting Chatrine, Viktor and Erik, we have further strengthened the team. We want to work with the best, and now we will grow through new experiences and perspectives. I am therefore proud and delighted that all three have chosen to join us,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
I foråret tog Logicenters første spadestik til den 14.872 m2 store moderne cross-dock terminal i Greve udenfor København. Samtidigt blev det offentliggjort at Bring Danmark ville leje lidt mere end 70 procent af ejendommen. Grundet øget aktivitet vil Bring nu leje hele ejendommen.
I februar 2019 underskrev Logicenters og Bring Danmark en aftale vedrørende leje af 11.160 m2 i cross-dock terminalen i Greve, og første spadestik til byggeriet blev taget måneden efter. Det står nu klart at Bring vil leje hele ejendommens 14.872 m2, og dermed øge sit logistikareal i ejendommen med 30 procent.
“Det er glædeligt at Bring’s investeringer i e-handel har givet så gode resultater at de allerede før færdiggørelsen af ejendommen udvider arealet. I Logicenters er det vigtigt at kunne forudse vores kunders’ fremtidige behov, således at vi kan indfri dem når de opstår. Dette er bevis på at vores fleksible forretningsmodel understøtter vores kunder i deres vækst”, siger Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Den moderne cross-dock ejendom har en stærk miljømæssig profil og der vil blive installeret solceller på bygningens tag. Bygningen får en frihøjde på ca. 12 meter, og der vil derfor være mulighed for sortering af pakker i to etager. De ansattes sikkerhed er også prioriteret med etablering af en gangbro fra parkeringsområdet og til kontoret. Ejendommen er under opførelse og er planlagt færdig april 2020.
“Vi er begejstrede for at efterspørgslen for vores e-handel produkt har oversteget vores forventninger, og resulteret i et større logistikbehov. Logicenters har været meget imødekommende overfor vores logistikbehov og krav om bæredygtighed. Som lejer føles det helt klart trygt at have Logicenters som ejendomsejer”, siger Jens Rom, Managing Director i Bring Danmark.
Logicenters and the magazine Intelligent Logistik signs partnership on the logistics location ranking Logistikläget 2020 – assessing Sweden’s top 25 logistic locations. The ranking list is based on geographical location, business climate, sustainability in the logistics infrastructure, establishment of logistics facilities, workforce availability, academic education, and availability of logistics space.
The event, including several seminars on logistics topics, will take place in Stockholm on the 6th of February.
Nu styrker Logicenters holdet for at støtte fortsat vækst. Thomas Petersen slutter sig til det danske team som Commercial Manager med 27 års erfaring fra logistikbranchen. Han kommer senest fra en stilling som direktør for rådgivning og transaktionsydelser hos CBRE.
Logicenters befinder sig midt i en ekspansionsfase og vokser både organisatorisk og med hensyn til ejendomsbesiddelser. Som led i satsningen på at styrke virksomheden yderligere i Danmark rekrutteres Thomas Petersen nu. Han tiltræder stillingen som Commercial Manager og får ansvar for forretningsudviklingen i Danmark.
”Jeg har selv samarbejdet med Logicenters som kunde og ved, hvor konkurrencedygtig virksomheden er. Det er et kompetent team med hurtige processer og en fleksibel forretningsmodel, hvilket er nøglerne til fremgang inden for logistik. Nu ser jeg frem til at bidrage til, at Logicenters bliver det oplagte valgt i Danmark ved at skabe gode løsninger for potentielle kunder og hjælpe eksisterende kunder med at vokse sammen med os”, siger Thomas Petersen.
Thomas Petersen har arbejdet i logistikbranchen i ca. 27 år. Han har en baggrund hos Kuehne & Nagel, har været Operational Manager hos Singapore Airlines Cargo og Scandinavian General Manager hos Worldwide Flight Services. Thomas Petersen kommer senest fra CBRE, hvor han var direktør for rådgivning og transaktionsydelser.
”Da jeg mødte Thomas, så jeg straks, at han ville være et godt aktiv for Logicenters. Han har solid erfaring, et stort netværk og en god forståelse for vores forretninger. Ved at ansætte vigtige personer bevarer vi konkurrencedygtigheden, hvilket borger for fortsat vækst. Jeg er stolt af, at Thomas valgte at blive en del af vores team, og ser frem til at tage virksomheden i Danmark et skridt videre sammen med ham”, siger Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head of Logicenters.
Logicenters and Axfood’s purchasing and logistics company Dagab have now signed a contract for the development and leasing of a logistics facility of just over 100,000 m2 in Bålsta. Dagab will become a long-term tenant at the facility, which will be one of the largest in Europe. The property will be 30 metres tall, have environmental certification and comply with modern specifications such as a high degree of automation and several temperature zones.
In March 2019, Logicenters signed a memorandum of understanding with Dagab, Axfood’s purchasing and logistics company, for the development and leasing of a logistics facility in Bålsta. The parties have now signed an agreement which goes beyond development to represent Logicenters’ largest lease in Sweden.
“This is a major development project where Logicenters is expanding its property portfolio with a large, modern and environmentally certified facility beyond the ordinary. We are very proud of the confidence Axfood is placing in us and the development of a facility in a prime position which will enable it to expand its operations. We have a successful collaboration with Dagab and look forward to a rewarding and long-term relationship,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head at Logicenters.
The logistics facility, with a capacity of around 100,000 m2, is one of Europe’s largest and most modern food distribution centres for both retail and e-commerce. The property will have a unique height of 30 metres and a high degree of automation which will ensure that the chilled, refrigerated and temperate zones are maintained. In line with Logicenters’ strategy regarding sustainability and energy efficiency, the facility will have a high level of environmental certification and there is also a plan to incorporate solar cells on the roof.
The property is strategically located at Håbo Lundby 2:8 outside Bålsta, northwest of Stockholm. The proximity to the E18 and Stockholm makes this an attractive location. In addition, railway sidings run all the way into the site, which will facilitate the future transport infrastructure. The logistics facility will enter into operation in 2023 and will also mean many job opportunities.
“We are very pleased that we are now one step closer to the start of construction on our highly automated logistics centre. This new logistics solution will enable us to become both more efficient and more flexible when it comes to future developments in the grocery trade. Being able to stock a wider range of products in the new facility will enable us to deliver faster and more sustainably, strengthening our offers to customers,” says Nicholas Pettersson, CEO of Dagab.
Real Advokatbyrå has provided Logicenters with legal consultation regarding the deal.
Nordic real estate investment company NREP and Logicenters will build the world’s first deep geothermal well with seasonal storage capability in Espoo in cooperation with the energy industry start-up QHeat. The project pilots a new, nearly emission-free energy solution for large real estate, producing as much as 40 times the heat energy of traditional geothermal heating.
The deep geothermal well developed by QHeat is a medium-depth geothermal well drilled to the depth of approximately two kilometres and can heat and cool large real estate areas or regional grids with near-zero emissions. The solution enables emission-free geothermal heating in growing urban areas, as well, as it is well suited to dense housing areas and groundwater areas. The pilot is carried out at the NREP Logicenters’ logistics property in Espoo, and it is estimated to reduce the property’s CO2 emissions by as much as 90 per cent. The project is set to be completed by the end of November.
“By piloting new solutions, such as QHeat’s deep geothermal heat, and by scaling them into wider operating models, we are actively introducing new ways to reduce the environmental impacts of real estate in the industry. We are also continuously exploring possibilities to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy in our properties. We are committed to reducing the climate emissions of real estate and to promoting energy efficiency, because real estate and construction produce approximately a third of Finland’s carbon footprint,” says Jani Nokkanen, partner at NREP.
Finland’s goal is to reduce emissions by at least 39 per cent from the 2005 level by the year 2030. With deep geothermal heat, emissions from real estate heating can be reduced by as much as 95 per cent compared to fossil fuels. If solutions such as deep geothermal heat can be scaled to even 5 per cent of Finland’s real estate stock, it would mean a reduction of half a million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, or four per cent of Finland’s emission target, according to QHeat’s calculations.
“A clean future lies beneath our feet. With deep geothermal heat, we can make good use of the warm summer months, because during the summer, we can store waste energy from cooling into the ground and then use it for heating in the winter. Deep geothermal energy has significant export potential as a solution that can mitigate climate change by reducing the emissions from heating and cooling on a global scale,” says Miska Eriksson, CEO of QHeat.
Qheat’s deep geothermal heat technology is patented and has been tested in cooperation with Finnish experts and universities. The project has received funding from Business Finland as part of the Smart Otaniemi initiative.
Since May 2018, Logicenters has been developing a new logistics facility just outside Copenhagen. At the time development began, a lease was also signed with Havi Logistics, which have moved into 4,500 m2 leaving 8,900 m2 available for another tenant.
Logicenters’ new logistics facility at Vejleåvej 11 in the industrial district of Winthersminde outside Copenhagen has now been completed. A lease was signed with Havi Logistics back in May 2018 when the development was beginning. The lease is for a logistics area of 4,500 m2 and comprises freezer, refrigerated and traditional storage. Havi Logistics has moved into the property, which has a total area of 13,400 m2. This means that there is still 8,900 m2 of modern high ceiling logistics space available for a new tenant.
“We have cooperated closely with Havi Logistics throughout the development process to ensure that its needs have beenfully met. At the same time, we have succeeded in constructing a generic facility complying with modern specifications so that the facility can also be adapted for tenants wishing to move into the remaining 8,900 m2. It is a strategic position for us to develop a state-of-the-art facility and the property is part of our investment in increasing our presence in the Copenhagen area,” says Mikael Sahlin Olesen, Asset Manager at Logicenters.
Logicenters has signed a new agreement with Skanska concerning the development and acquisition of a new property in Helsingborg. A modern logistics facility of 30,150 m2 is to be constructed with completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. The tenant PostNord TPL will also move in at this time.
An agreement has now been signed between Logicenters and Skanska concerning a 30,150 m2 logistics facility in Helsingborg. Development is being undertaken by Skanska and the property will be acquired by Logicenters. The property is scheduled to be completed in February 2020 and will have future-proof specifications to ensure it meets PostNord TPL’s operational requirements.
With an excellent location, the logistics facility is located in the well-established industrial district in Södra Väla in Helsingborg. With proximity to the E4 and E20 motorways as well as Sweden’s second largest container port, the property is located at a strategically important regional hub.
“Helsingborg is one of Sweden’s most important locations in terms of logistics. We are now proud to further strengthen our presence in southern Sweden with the long-term ownership of this property. The facility fits well with our strategy of offering properties in optimum locations as well as with modern specifications,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head, Logicenters.
“We are delighted to be able to expand our cooperation with Logicenters. We have enjoyed good experiences with Logicenters for some time now, as we have together developed more than 50,000 m2 of space at other locations in the country,” says Henrik Ahnström, Head of Project Development, Skanska Fastigheter Göteborg AB.
Logicenters is expanding at a greater rate than ever before. With a total of nine logistics facilities under development, the company is strengthening its position in the Nordic market significantly. The total area currently being developed by Logicenters amounts to a total of 227,000 m2, with several LOIs also having been signed.
Logicenters is a leading developer and owner of modern logistics facilities in the Nordic region. In August 2018, the total holding of logistics space amounted to 1.6 million m2. This figure continues to rise and Logicenters currently has nine ongoing development projects totalling 227,000 m2. Of these, six are in Sweden, two in Denmark and one in Finland. In addition, LOIs have been signed for an additional 210,000 m2, including a 110,000 m2 facility for Axfood in Bålsta, Sweden.
“I am incredibly proud of Logicenters’ success. It is thanks to a strong team and a unique operational flexibility that we have been able to grow at the pace we have. This current expansion is enabling us to increase our presence in important logistics hubs and a natural consequence of this is that we need further reinforcement of the team. We are now looking for project developers for several of our development projects,”says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head at Logicenters.
A sustainable focus
Sustainability is one facet of today’s Logicenters development projects. Energy-efficient solutions and solar panels on roofs are examples of recurring specifications in the construction of new properties. According to Logicenters’ Head of Development, Eva Sterner, the sustainability strategy is an important success factor.
“Reducing our carbon footprint to the greatest possible extent is of the utmost priority to us. Our sustainability strategy integrated in the logistics portfolio enables us to help our customers reach their climate goals, something that we know is appreciated. The great interest in our facilities is a confirmation that we maintain a high standard of development and we will continue to work to meet the functional and sustainable logistics needs of tomorrow,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development at Logicenters.