RLI Investors achieves full occupancy in DGNB Gold new build in southern Hesse
RLI Investors has let around 5,000 square metres of space in Büttelborn, Hesse, to GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH. Built in 2019, the logistics property is part of the portfolio of the open-ended property special AIF “RLI Logistics Fund – Germany II” and is now fully occupied. The property consulting company Realogis acted as broker for the lease.
Besides the high new-build quality of the building, there were two main reasons for this decision by Europe’s second-biggest department store chain. Firstly, the property’s proximity to the A67 motorway and the Darmstadt junction (A5/A672) was an attractive factor for processing last-mile logistics. Secondly, the user is benefiting from quick availability in the Rhine-Main region, where space is generally in short supply.
Yvonne Bronner, Asset Manager at RLI, comments: “We are delighted that we could directly provide GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH with a platform for its last-mile processing with our high-quality space. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, we managed to conclude a lease in record time – within three days.”
Following the signing of this lease, the total 8,500 square metres of warehouse space in the “Darmstädter Strasse Süd” business park in Büttelborn is now fully let to two users. The newly built property, developed by F&F LandInvest GmbH / the Fäth Group, offers a total of approximately 9,500 square metres of usable space, including 1,000 square metres of office and service space. The second tenant is WeissBioTech GmbH, a globally operating enzyme manufacturer.
The issues of sustainability and the environment played an important role when planning the new-build project at Max-Planck-Strasse 16. The users benefit from energy-saving LED lighting indoors and outside as well as cycling infrastructure to create a rental bike system for their employees. In addition, sustainably produced recyclable building materials were used, and components were joined mechanically rather than chemically to ensure that they can be dismantled and potentially recycled. To promote biodiversity and wildlife conservation, bat boxes and a permanent nesting aid for wild bees (“bee hotel”) were installed on the logistics hall’s green roof, which was created specifically for this purpose.
The logistics building is certified in accordance with the Gold standard of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and thus meets the high environmental, economic and technical standards of this popular hallmark of quality for sustainable buildings.