Amazon grants Goodman huge spec warehouse contract
12 December 2013
Property group Goodman will develop a 95,000 sq m fulfilment centre in Wroclaw, Poland for Amazon.
The construction of the facility started in October and is set to be fully operational in the second half of 2014.
The new development will be the largest free standing logistics facility in Poland, and will be built in record time to meet Amazon's requirements.
The transaction represents the biggest contract for a logistics warehouse in central Europe to date.
Amazon’s director of real estate Raimund Paetzmann said: "We have decided to partner with Goodman in Poland due to the firm's extensive experience in building similar warehouse facilities for Amazon in Western Europe and its knowledge of the local logistics market, based on numerous projects completed in Poland.”
A key factor in Amazon's decision to choose Goodman as the developer was its ability to deliver such a large facility in a relatively short time frame, while simultaneously ensuring a high quality finished product.
Amazon plans to create up to 2,000 long-term jobs at the warehouse, plus an additional 3,000 seasonal jobs in order to cover peak times during the holiday season.
Since 2006, Goodman has completed over 900,000 sq m for Amazon across 11 developments in Germany, France and the UK.
Amazon's new distribution centre will be located in Wroclaw's Bielany Wroclawskie suburb 5km from the city centre. The location boasts comprehensive transport links, spanning road (A8 and A4 motorways, together with S8 and S5 express roads), rail (10km to Wroclaw's central railway station) and air (15km to Wroclaw Airport).
The distribution centre for Amazon will be Goodman's fifth development project in the Wroclaw area. Previous facilities, totalling over 70,000 sqm, have been constructed for Whirlpool, TJX Europe, Walki Group and Casetech.