Power needs leap up in next generation of logistics space

Industrial buildings specialist Verdion is planning a new logistics and business scheme, Javelin Park, on a 158 hectare former military base west of Düsseldorf, where it will develop 580,000 sq m of space.

In an interview with Real Asset Insight’s Richard Betts at the Transport Logistics event in Munich, Verdion executive director André Banschus contrasted the project with the similar sized iPort, developed at Doncaster in the UK, where work started about 10 years ago.

He said that while iPort at the time was intended to be the most sustainable business and warehouse park, the new park is already more modern, using “totally different sustainable materials than we were ten years ago”.  

Stating that “it’s all about energy and energy production” now, Banschus said that with air-heat pumps replacing gas-based heating and with the rise of electric vehicles, Javelin Park will need large quantities of electricity and a wind farm is being developed adjacent to the project. “We are teaming up and using this energy for our new park,” Banschus said.

The business park will also have photovoltaic panels on the roof, “so we will have massive power production,” he added.

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