The Prologis distribution center for the online retailer Euziel International in Datteln is the winner of the Logix Award 2021. On October 11th at the Expo Real in Munich, the German Logistics Real Estate Award (Logix Award) for the best logistics real estate development was awarded for the fifth time awarded in Germany for the last two years. Around 100 participants from the logistics real estate market gathered at the award ceremony.
Prologis focuses on sustainability in real estate development
Prologis realized the logistics property for the online retailer Euziel International GmbH based in Remscheid in Datteln, North Rhine-Westphalia. The distribution center was completed in September 2020 with a total usable area of 27,806 sqm. During development, Prologis particularly focused on the aspect of sustainability. The property is the first logistics property in Germany to be certified according to the “Well Building Gold Standard”.
In cooperation with the Well Building Institute, Prologis adapted the “Well Building Standard” to logistics properties some time ago in order to create a pleasant and healthy working environment for employees. This includes, among other things, the monitoring of the air quality and measurement of the climate, noise level reduction, greening of the interior, the implementation of a “living zone” and appealing exterior areas.
Logix Award for the first CO2-neutral logistics property in operation
The jury also rated the complex reprocessing of the industrial wasteland with around 50,000 square meters in the (northern) Ruhr area, which is characterized by structural change, as particularly worthy of the award. In addition, the property is certified according to the DGNB platinum standard (German Sustainable Building Council). Prologis won the Logix Award for the second time in a row. As early as 2019, the developer received the award for the realization of the distribution center in Muggensturm near Rastatt for the cosmetics manufacturer L’Oréal. The property was the first CO2-neutral logistics property in Germany.
“We are very pleased to receive the Logix Award for the second time. The award reflects our commitment to greater sustainability and its linkage with innovation in the logistics real estate industry. We want to continue promoting innovative and sustainable concepts for our customers in the future. We are proud to have won over the jury with our approach and concept, ”explains Christina Deuss, Capital Deployment Manager at Prologis.
Ecology is gaining importance in logistics real estate
The three other finalists for the Logix Award 2021 were the project developers Baytree Deutschland GmbH, Dietz AG and Garbe Industrial Real Estate GmbH. All of the projects developed by these companies stood out from the point of view of climate protection and ecological sustainability.
Baytree, for example, with its distribution center for Samsung SDS Europe in Magdeburg with a logistics area of 64,000 square meters, stood out for its compliance with high ecological standards. In addition, the developer implemented numerous measures for the well-being of the employees with outdoor terraces, an orchard and pond, as well as attractive outdoor design.
Other finalists: Dietz and Garbe logistics centers
At Dietz AG, with its 64,000 square meter distribution center for Puma in Geiselwind, the jury was particularly impressed by the successful settlement process involving all parties and the cooperation with the municipality. In addition, there was a comprehensive sustainability package with Leed Gold certification and consideration of social aspects for the benefit of employees.
For the Garbe logistics center for Amazon in Achim, from the jury’s point of view, the multi-storey aspect using innovative robot technology, but also the high number of jobs created (currently 1,900 jobs) as well as the involvement of the population and stakeholders in direct dialogue. In addition to social measures, the high ecological standard with DGNB platinum certification ensured that this project was given a very good rating.
Logix Award: New standards in social sustainability
“The race for the Logix Award was particularly close this year. The decisive factor in awarding the prize to Prologis was the certification according to the Well standard, which is unique in Germany. This focuses in a special way on the health and well-being of people. The standard was developed over several years by experts from science, medicine and architecture. The winning project thus sets new standards for the protection of employees in the logistics real estate industry, ”explains the chairman of the jury, Prof. Dr. Christian Kille from the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt FHWS, on the decision-making process.
Dr. Malte-Maria Münchow, Spokesman for the Logix Initiative and Head of Acquisition and Sales of Special Real Estate at Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH, adds: “In 2021, a project developer will receive the Logix Award for the second time for the first time. This is surprising, but the innovative approach to social sustainability in the Prologis winning project made all the difference. The Logix Initiative is particularly pleased to see that all finalists show outstanding commitment to the implementation of sustainability measures in a large number of areas. This shows that the industry is already leading the way with many good examples to protect the climate, the environment and people ”.
The Logix Award has been presented to developers of logistics real estate every two years since 2013. An independent jury guarantees a transparent decision-making process, because complex criteria must be met for the award. The catalog of criteria includes economic, urban, ecological and social aspects, which were expanded to include aspects of sustainability in 2021.
New publication from Logix: Logistics on the last mile
The Logistikimmobilien initiative, Logix published the new publication “Logistics on the last mile – Real-Labor Stadt” presented. The future of city centers is at the center of the new publication. In addition, the proactive role that city logistics and city logistics properties can play in the design of future-proof city centers and districts. The authors Michael Kuchenbecker, LNC LogisticNetwork Consultants GmbH, Horst Manner-Romberg, MRU GmbH, and Janine Zimmermann, Drees & Sommer SE, undertake a holistic study of the challenges of cities and communities to create a functioning supply and disposal structure. The central topics include:
- a booming online trade (e-commerce)
- increasing traffic
- increasing requirements for environmental and climate protection
- Potential through digitization and new technologies
- new delivery and delivery offers, including in the form of express delivery services
- Lack of space for logistics in the cities.
How innovative logistics concepts support climate protection goals
The new publication from Logix analyzes how logistics can provide convincing approaches to designing inner cities and achieving climate protection goals through innovative concepts in the areas of transport, real estate and infrastructure. Specifically, the challenges for successfully conquering the last mile will be discussed on the basis of new building concepts and low-car, green neighborhoods. Related topics such as digitization, sustainability and the change in modern retail are also considered.
Dr. Malte-Maria Münchow, spokesman for the Logix Initiative, comments the new publication as follows: “The future of the city is currently one of the most pressing challenges for cities and municipalities. The focus here is on the question of a reliable logistical supply for the economy and the population. In addition to a comprehensive analysis of the status quo, the current Logix publication also provides future-oriented solutions. This makes an important contribution to the dialogue between all those involved. “(Sg)