New logistics center in Graben near Augsburg

Hermes invests in the future

The southernmost logistics center of Hermes Germany in Graben near Augsburg, which was developed and constructed by Hamburg-based ECE, was taken into operation today. More than 100 guests attended the opening ceremony of the fourth out of nine new logistics centers that Hermes will build as part of its national infrastructure program until 2020. The total investment amounts to approximately 300 million euros. The 40-million logistics center in Graben will employ 120 people and will, in future, process more than 100,000 shipments per day.  Together with the recently opened center in Bad Rappenau (near Heilbronn) the state-of-the-art facility in Graben will effectively supply customers in southern Germany.

Like the other properties, the new logistics center in Graben was also developed by Hamburg-based ECE from its initial planning to the turnkey handover. “It is with great pleasure that, after the facilities in Bad Rappenau, Mainz, and Berlin, we can now hand over the fourth logistics center in the series today. This is the next step on the way to completing this joint major project consisting of nine logistics centers all over Germany, which we will develop for Hermes Germany in rapid succession by 2020,” said Dr. Andreas Mattner, Managing Director Office, Traffic, Industries at ECE.

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 for selling the property on the investment market. The logistics center in Graben has already been sold to Frasers Property Investments Europe along with the already completed facilities in Bad Rappenau, Mainz, and Berlin as well as the projects in Hamburg und Halle. 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.

Gold certificate for sustainability

Like the other new logistics centers, the Graben facility will also be awarded with a gold certificate of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The certificate honors the exemplary use of resources and protection of the environment. Besides ergonomic and barrier-free workplaces, which include height-adjustable tables, the Graben logistics center is surrounded by green areas which were established in a partner ship with Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU).