Four Parx plans an underground transport system in Hamburg – eCommerce Magazin

  • Innovative logistics concept aims to reduce traffic volume and contribute to climate relief.
  • After a successful feasibility study, Four Parx will start with the Planning phase of the logistics concept.
  • Four Parx has for the supply of the cities on the last mile with “City” a special inner-city logistics property has been developed.

While many cities are already working on a traffic turnaround, the focus is primarily on passenger transport and the management of growing transport volumes from the parcel sector. Since this area of ​​transport only accounts for a small part of the total volume of goods in a city, there is no holistic logistics concept based on a consideration of the total goods traffic.

One possible solution is the underground supply and disposal via a pipe system. Four Parx, a project developer specializing in commercial space, is currently building its first two-story logistics property “Mach2” with around 102,000 square meters of usable space at the Wilhelmsburg location in Hamburg. As Hamburg is one of the most heavily congested cities in Germany, Four Parx decided to look into the city as a suitable location for such a solution.

Logistics concept: feasibility study for an underground transport solution

To this end, the project developer commissioned Smart City Loop GmbH last year to draw up a feasibility study on the underground logistical supply and disposal of downtown Hamburg. The concept to be examined envisages connecting a warehouse at a distance of around five kilometers with a distribution center (“city”) in the inner city.

The focus of the feasibility study was on the following areas: the concept of an inner city logistics property, the transport system, the search for suitable areas for the construction of the distribution centers as well as the economic efficiency and effects on the environment, climate and traffic. The objects of investigation included suitable conveyor systems, geological and topographical requirements, construction techniques and legal assessments, the design and equipment of the logistics properties as well as the usage costs and the impact on traffic and the environment.

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Graphic representation of the underground transport concept in Hamburg. (Image: Smart City Loop GmbH)

Logistics concept: Contribution to reducing CO2 emissions

The study now comes to the conclusion that the underground transport solution is technically feasible and economically feasible and that it also makes a considerable contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and traffic pollution in the city. According to this, a delivery capacity of around 2.7 million pallets per year could be processed in the two hubs via the tube system – with a possible 24 hour / 300 day operation. This corresponds to approx. 540,000 transport trips and means CO2 savings of over 10,000 tons per year.

In the course of the project development, intensive contacts were established with Hamburg institutions such as the Hamburg Logistics Initiative, the port company and well-known Hamburg logistics companies. The Authority for Economy and Innovation welcomes the idea of ​​implementing the project in Hamburg and has promised support in the search for suitable land for the project in a letter of intent.

Realization of the project is getting closer

“With a view to the increasing traffic jams, noise and emissions problems in cities, the constantly growing transport volumes make the search for alternative transport systems more and more urgent,” says Francisco J. Bähr, managing partner of Four Parx. “As an innovative project developer, we have already initiated novel concepts and solutions for the design of the logistical supply of cities in the past; Now we are particularly pleased to have developed a solution for the future supply and disposal of cities through our holistic concept. It is now our goal to be able to enter the implementation phase of the project together with the City of Hamburg and Smart City Loop ”.

“The results of the feasibility study show a future-oriented solution for the movement of goods in cities,” explains Christian Kühnhold, managing director of Smart City Loop. “In the past it has often been argued that underground transport systems are too costly or not feasible. In the case of the feasibility study for the city of Hamburg, it was clearly shown that this is not the case.

Logistics properties support the supply of city centers

Four Parx has also developed a special inner-city logistics property (“City”) for supplying the cities on the last mile, which fits into an urban image to save space. This has over 12,000 square meters of usable space, which is divided over six floors. In order for this logistics property to find sustainable acceptance in local politics, the population and the economy, an innovative and environmentally friendly transport concept is required.

While looking for a solution for a transport solution to relieve the city, the project developer became aware of the Smart City Loop concept, which is supposed to supply the cities on the so-called penultimate mile via an underground transport tube. On the last mile from the multi-storey “city” building to the customer, Four Parx has provided a transport solution without combustion engines (e-bikes, bicycle couriers, or electric or hydrogen vehicles).

As a further step, the Four Parx led consortium, various planning preparations are now planned for the implementation, the identification of potential investors for the construction of the tube and the search for space for the construction of the distribution centers in Hamburg Mitte and Altona. After successful implementation of the solution, other cities in Germany and Europe could follow. (sg)

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