ECE and Hermes Germany launch construction of the fifth out of a series of nine logistics centers

Breaking ground in Hamburg / Electromobility model project

ECE has started the construction of one of the most modern logistics centers for the logistics provider Hermes Germany GmbH: Today, Dr. Rolf Bösinger, State Secretary at the Hamburg Ministry for the Economy, Transport and Innovation, Falko Drossmann, District Mayor of Hamburg-Mitte, Frank Rausch, CEO Hermes Germany, and ECE Managing Director Dr. Andreas Mattner broke ground on the 55-million euro project in the Hamburg district of Billbrook. The Billbrookdeich facility, which is slated for completion in spring 2019, is the fifth out of nine logistics centers which ECE will construct within a short period of time as part of a major national project.

The first three logistics centers in Bad Rappenau near Heilbronn, Mainz, and Ketzin near Berlin have already been completed. The property in Graben near Augsburg is close to completion. Besides the Hamburg project, two further logistics centers will be built near Halle (Saale) and at Münster/Osnabrück airport until 2019. These will be followed by properties in Cologne and Dresden.

All in all, ECE and Hermes will invest a total of approximately 600 million euros into the nine locations. ECE's will spend 300 million euros for buildings and spaces while Hermes will invest 300 million euros on the technology of the logistics centers. ECE will be responsible for all processes related to the project including the search and purchase of a suitable site, the planning and turnkey handover as well as the selling of the property on the investment market. The logistics properties are based on a sophisticated prototype developed by ECE which comes in two sizes and which can be constructed cost-effectively at each location within a short period of time.

The Hamburg property consists of an approximately 9,000m² logistics facility and an adjacent office, building services, and social building of 2,900m². It will create about 200 jobs. The centerpiece of the new logistics center is a high-performance sorting system which can process more than 100,000 packages per day. The shipments are delivered and picked up through 100 dock doors.

The new logistics center at Billbrookdeich lies close to Bundesstrasse (federal highway) 5, freeway A 1 and in the proximity to downtown Hamburg. This makes the new logistics center the ideal location and model project for the use of electric delivery vehicles.

“We are proud that today's construction start marks a further milestone for our long-term future and innovation project,” explained Frank Rausch, CEO of Hermes Germany. “Our newest location in Hamburg – our “home port” – is a very special project to us and a matter of the heart for everyone involved. This series of new logistics centers in Germany helps us prepare extensively for the challenges posed to us by the booming e-commerce. Our objective is to be closer to the customer and to provide sustained services and convenience for our partners, clients, and our end customer.  We can achieve this with highly modern facilities in prime locations like this one here in Hamburg,” said Frank Rausch.

“We are very happy, because the construction start in Billbrook is the next step on the way to completing this major project with Hermes Germany in a short period of time,” said Dr. Andreas Mattner, Managing Director Office, Traffic, Industries at ECE. “Once again, we will develop a logistics property which meets our client's requirements with regard to profitability, technology, flexibility, and sustainability.”

The project in Hamburg, like all nine logistics centers in the series, have been planned to meet the requirements of the gold certificate of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Therefore the building features state-of-the-art heating technology, high insulation standards, and smart LED lighting, which reduces energy consumption by 35 percent compared to conventional lighting. In addition, a transportation management system avoids empty trips and standstills of trucks and swap bodies.