In Logicenters’ new project, the logistics real estate developer will explore how buildings can be developed with as low CO2 emissions as possible. To achieve this ambition, the logistics property company is drawing on inspiration and materials from both the plant world and space.
The property sector is in urgent need of better means of developing and operating facilities to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. Historically, much attention has been paid to reducing the carbon footprint of building operations. There has been less focus on how much the CO2-materials in buildings cost to manufacture, transport and install. Logicenters wants to change this.
The project has now begun, forming part of the Bålsta Logistics Park in northern Stockholm. At the time of writing, detailed planning is under way regarding the choice of materials and construction techniques to be used in the project. For example, the conventional steel frame, walls and roof will be replaced with wooden structures.
“We are aiming high and will try to achieve total carbon neutrality with this project. However, it will be difficult to obtain some completely carbon-neutral building materials, such as concrete. At the point we are currently at in the project, we are reducing material-bound CO2 by as much as 60%. So we certainly have some way to go here before we reach zero. The most difficult challenge at the moment is to obtain materials and installations with a low CO2 content that are approved for use. There are many existing and new companies working feverishly on this and the pace of innovation is high, something which is very encouraging. To achieve zero across the project as a whole, we therefore need to balance this by finding materials that sequester more CO2 than they emit, such as wood and hemp. Recycling and reuse of the building once it’s worn out in 50-100 years then needs to function in such a way that the sequestered carbon dioxide is not released back into the atmosphere,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development Projects at Logicenters.
The company sees the project as an important opportunity for continued development and the addition of new knowledge. Among other things, Logicenters has begun to look to space for inspiration and approaches that could potentially lower its carbon footprint.
“We are looking at space technology, which is often at the forefront of technological development and was, for example, the first to develop solar cells. We are working with an organisation with access to NASA and it is hoped that innovations will be discovered which can perhaps be implemented here in the long term. It could involve a layer of the space suit which provides a high degree of insulation that could also be used in roof structures, for example, to make them lighter,” continues Sterner.
“At present, the cost structure of these products is higher. You need to increase production volumes in order for prices to go down. We are prepared to absorb the higher price now in order to help create more demand,” concludes Sterner.
The new logistics facility with a total area of approximately 20,000 m2 is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2024. The property is being built on speculation, with Logicenters hoping to find a suitable customer with a high environmental profile.
Logicenters’ facility in Brunna Logistics Park has welcomed its first tenant. Storage company Vinden AB has moved in, signing a long-term lease for 10,850 m2 of the property.
Back in 2017, Logicenters acquired land in Brunna, north of Stockholm, to begin strengthening its presence in the region. The logistics facility on the site has since been built on speculation. In December last year, it was announced that the fast-growing storage company Vinden AB had signed a lease for 10,850 m2 of the property’s total 35,000 m2.
The property at Mätarvägen 31 has now been completed and Vinden AB has received the keys to its new premises.
“We at Logicenters are pleased to welcome Vinden to this property gem which offers great potential for development. Brunna is already an attractive area with proximity to Stockholm and the rest of the Mälaren region, which is a prerequisite for future logistics. The region is the country’s economic engine and Sweden’s largest consumer market, which will contribute to strong growth for Vinden,” says Victoria Ödmark, Commercial Manager at Logicenters.
The new tenant is delighted with the new property and the strengthened conditions for attractive logistics.
“First of all, I would like to thank Logicenters for its strong collaboration – I am very impressed with its expertise & flexibility. For us, the move to Brunna means that we can now switch up our operations by being able to offer even more Stockholm residents and companies our smart full-service storage solution. Both the choice of location and the function of the premises are crucial for fast and smooth service to our thousands of customers,” says Stefan Stoltenberg, COO at Vinden AB.
Logicenters has signed an agreement with ICA Fastigheter AB for the acquisition of land in Kallhäll, just over twenty kilometres from central Stockholm. In the area, the company will build a state-of-the-art facility totalling 53,050 m2 and scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2024.
In April, Logicenters announced that it is building the Nordic region’s largest rooftop solar farm in Bålsta. The logistics property company is now continuing its major investment in the Stockholm area
with the acquisition of land from ICA Fastigheter AB in Kallhäll. The new acquisition is located in one of Stockholm’s most attractive logistics areas Kallhäll, just 20 minutes from the heart of the capital. Logicenters is planning the speculative construction of a state-of-the-art facility with a total area of 53,050 m2 close to Slammertorpsvägen.
Building is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2024. Logicenters intends that the facility will have environmental certification of at least the BREEAM Very Good standard and is also planning to install solar plants on the roofs.
“Having the opportunity to continue our development in Kallhäll, which with its geographical proximity to Stockholm is huge for us. It is one of Stockholm’s best areas for logistics. This acquisition has given us access to a unique piece of land and an opportunity to create something truly unique for the future. As we have previously made several acquisitions in the area, we will also be able to support the business community in the Stockholm region with the provision of a huge area of logistics space in the coming years,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
With its proximity to the E18 and Arlanda Airport, Kallhäll is an excellent hub for modern logistics and last-mile deliveries with its excellent transport links, primarily to Stockholm but also to the rest of Sweden and the Nordic region. Other major companies in the area include ICA, Arla, Dahl and DS Smith Packaging.
Logicenters is making a record-breaking investment in renewable energy. Construction of the largest rooftop solar plant in the Nordic region is now under way in Bålsta, just outside Stockholm. The solar field occupies an area of 80,000 m2.
Construction of Logicenters’ facility in Bålsta began three years ago and is scheduled for completion in 2023. The property will be one of Europe’s largest logistics properties with Dagab, Axfood’s purchasing and logistics company, being the long-term tenant.
An agreement has now also been signed between Logicenters, Dagab and the supplier Solkompaniet to build the largest rooftop solar park in the Nordic region. The roof measures 104,000 m2, with the solar field occupying about 80,000 m2 – one of the largest solar parks in the whole of Europe. This is equivalent to eleven football pitches.
“Our record-breaking investment in renewable energy is a natural part of achieving our ambitious sustainability goals of a CO2-neutral company. Logicenters currently has more than 20 sites where solar panels are installed, a figure that we are doubling through ongoing customer dialogue. We are very proud and excited about this collaboration, which is a real sunshine story. This solar park will truly be the crowning glory of one of Europe’s most modern property developments,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
The rooftop solar park will comprise 16,553 bifacial panels fitted with double-sided active solar cells. These are of high quality, ensuring extra-long durability. The plant is expected to produce around 7,880 MWh annually, which equates to 1,000 laps around the earth in an electric car.
“Our major investment in solar energy is part of the wider green transition to which we are committed, as a means of creating a more sustainable food system. Access to more renewable energy in society is crucial to slowing climate change in time,” says Klas Balkow, Axfood President and CEO.
The setup is similar to a so-called PPA (Power Purchase Agreement), where Axfood commits to purchase all the electricity generated over the next 25 years while installation, operation and maintenance are handled by Logicenters through Solkompaniet. Axfood also has the option to resell any surplus electricity.
Logicenters is continuing to take the lead in a CO2-neutral property sector. The company’s commitment to solar energy has now been strengthened with the recruitment of Jon Malmsten, who will be responsible for the logistics property company’s sustainable energy solutions.
With a sustainability goal to be completely climate neutral by 2028, Logicenters needs to develop all areas of its operations. The ambitious solar strategy has already been implemented at the majority of the company’s logistics facilities and this commitment is now being further developed with a key appointment in this field.
As of 1 April, Jon Malmsten has been employed at Logicenters as Energy transition expert with responsibility for sustainability and energy solutions at properties under management as well as in development projects.
“Personally, I believe it is as natural to incorporate solar cells on the roof of a facility as it is to build floors and walls inside. Our facilities already cover a total area of more than two million m2 and our ambition is to cover this whole area with solar cells. Logicenters currently has more than 20 facilities with solar cell installation, a figure that is set to double as a result of ongoing customer dialogue. Having said that, we are certain that Jon’s days with us will be easy to fill and this is a key appointment for us,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
Jon Malmsten joins us from Aktea Energy, where he was responsible for strategy and the needs analysis of charging infrastructure for companies planning to switch to fossil-free operation for their service vehicles. He has also previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Gotland, focusing on wind power technology.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity to challenge myself and contribute towards the high sustainability goals of a CO2-neutral company. As builders of large logistics facilities, we have excellent conditions and thus a responsibility to take a leading role in the installation of solar energy on our large roofs. There are also interesting synergies here, as solar power can charge the electric distribution vehicles of the future. There is a great deal going on in the market right now and Logicenters can make a difference,” says Jon Malmsten.
Logicenters has announced the expansion of its property in Arlandastad. The expansion will add 10,300 m2 of space and is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2022.
Three years ago, Logicenters broke ground on a new logistics facility in Arlandastad, just north of Stockholm. Today, Aditro Logistics operates from the property. The facility, which covers a total area of 25,000 m2, will now be expanded by an additional 10,300 m2 to meet the tenant’s continued growth and needs.
“We are delighted to further expand our presence in Arlandastad. The area around Arlanda Airport is a fast-growing logistics hub, home to many established logistics companies such as Schenker, DSV and Bring. The ambitions for the area therefore remain high and we are confident that Aditro Logistics will have fantastic opportunities to continue its growth and to operate efficient logistics in the building,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
The property, located at Uppfinnarvägen 6, has modern technical specifications and a good generic layout. This makes it suitable for the logistics operations of both today and tomorrow. With the expansion, the property will help the current tenant on its path to continued growth.
“The property is in a very attractive location and we are delighted that we now have an additional 10,300 m2 into which we can expand. We would once again like to thank Logicenters for its excellent collaboration and we look forward to taking possession of the new part of our property at the end of 2022,” says Jonas Eriksson, General Manager at Aditro Logistics.
Arlandastad is strategically located in close proximity to the E4 and E18 European motorways. Arlanda Airport / Airport City Stockholm are also close by.
Logicenters has announced that it will be building a logistics facility for the transport company MTAB. The property will be 11,150 m2 in area and is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2023.
Following last week’s announcement that Logicenters is acquiring land in Nykvarn from Veidekke, its investment in the area is continuing. The logistics property company has signed an agreement with transport company MTAB tour logistics for the development of a logistics facility in Almnäs just outside Södertälje. The property will have an area of 11,150 m2 and be a logistics warehouse for MTAB’s customers in theatre and performing arts, tv/broadcast and events.
”We are happy to secure a longterm partnership with Logicenters to secure our growth in combination with the property living up to our high standards for sustainability”, says Stefan Fors, founder of the MTAB Group. ”Today we are the largest logistics company in our particular niche and we are continuing to grow. Stockholm Syd is therefore a strategically located position for us, from where we can provide daily service to the capital region, and effectively reach to mid and south Sweden as well as Europe”.
In line with Logicenters’ high sustainability goals, the new property in Almnäs will have the environmental certification BREEAM Excellent and Noll CO2. Solar cells will also be installed on the roof of the property.
“We have a high growth rate in Greater Stockholm and are delighted to be able to increase our presence in Almnäs as the area around Södertälje is a perfect logistics hub with optimal infrastructure links. Our ambitions in the region are therefore high and we are certain that MTAB’s customers will have great opportunities to grow and operate efficient logistics in the building. It is also gratifying that MTAB shares our ambitious sustainability agenda for this building, which will be specially adapted to the customer’s needs,” says Victoria Ödmark, Commercial Manager at Logicenters.
The municipality of Södertälje is also positive about the newly signed agreement, which will provide jobs for the town’s residents.
“We find the establishment of MTAB in Almnäs very exciting. Generating around 50 jobs, it focuses on logistics in a fantastic strategic location along the E20. The cooperation with Logicenters has been very successful and we are happy to be doing it again,” says Michael Johansson, establishment strategist at Södertälje Municipality.
Logicenters is continuing its expansion in Greater Stockholm. It has announced the acquisition of land in Nykvarn – just south of the capital – where the initial plan is to construct a new 50,000 m2 facility.
Construction company Veidekke has owned Stora Bysta 3:9 in the Snebro district since 2007. In recent years, the company has been clearing the industrial land in readiness for future use. Logicenters has signed an agreement with Veidekke to take over the property as there is a high demand from customers in the area.
Initially, the company plans to develop the area, with the current local management plan allowing for the construction of a building measuring approximately 50,000 m2. Logicenters also hopes to build an additional 50,000 m2 in the future.
“We are delighted by this collaboration where Veidekke has laid the foundations for what we see as a logistics gem with great potential. Logicenters continues to grow all the time and is more than ready to further establish itself in the regions surrounding Stockholm. Nykvarn has an unbeatable location in terms of logistics, being close to both Södertälje and the entire Lake Mälaren region,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
In total, Logicenters has acquired 206,000 m2 of land from Veidekke. Snebro is located right next to the E20 motorway and close to the Svealandsbanan railway.
“Offering mass handling in key areas is a core business for Veidekke’s industrial operations. Our strategy is to conduct such operations from sites that can then be used for property development. Snebro is a great example of such a property. As we wrap up our operations in Snebro, it is good to know that the site will find a new and valuable use as a logistics property,” says Marcus C. Nilsson, Executive Vice President, Veidekke.
It is now clear that Ingram Micro will be a new tenant in the developed part of Logicenter’s facility in Brunna. Work will take place during the year on adaptation of the property to meet the customer’s needs, with completion in October 2022.
Development of Logicenter’s logistics facility, Örnäs 1:18, in the Brunna Logistikpark to the north of Stockholm started as early as March 2021 with an increased area of approximately 18,800 m2. It is now clear that the already existing tenant Ingram Micro Mobility AB will be the tenant for this speculative development. During the year, the new part of the building will be fully adapted to meet Ingram’s needs for its expansion of the business. The modification work for the expansion is expected to be completed in October this year
“We are pleased to expand our presence in Brunna once again, enabling us to help Ingram Micro Mobility on their path to continued growth. Our flexible working model enables us to support existing tenants and adapt the property to meet their special needs,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO.
Brunna Logistics Park is strategically located north of Stockholm and offers geographical advantages with a well-developed infrastructure of roads, railways and airports. Logicenters has had a presence in the business park since 2017, which numbers such tenants such as Zalando, Systembolaget, Bythjul.com and Autoglas as its stakeholders. With this extension, Logicenter will further strengthen its presence in the area and will have nearly 90,000m2 logistics space in the park.
Logicenters is to develop a 72,000 m2 logistics facility for Dahl Sverige AB in Bålsta, just north of Stockholm, with the two parties having already signed a lease agreement. The property will become Dahl’s new central warehouse and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2022. Logicenters has also acquired Dahl’s current 45,000 m2 logistics facility located in Kallhäll, between Bålsta and Stockholm.
Logicenters is ending the year with a major double deal while continuing to consolidate its presence in the Stockholm region. In Bålsta, Håbo municipality, Logicenters will develop a 72,000 m2 logistics facility for HVAC wholesaler Dahl Sverige AB. Logicenters will be responsible for the construction of the state-of-the-art, highly automated central warehouse – which is to be developed in close consultation with Dahl to ensure that all the company’s logistical needs are met.
“We are delighted to have been entrusted with the development of Dahl’s new logistics facility. We have worked with Dahl for many years and taking the collaboration to the next level feels completely natural. The fact that the new central warehouse is also one of the year’s largest logistics deals in Sweden is of course also a great record. It is a joy to establish a base in a municipality such as Håbo which really understands the value of modern logistics and I would like to thank the municipality for its excellent collaboration yet again”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Logicenters has also acquired Dahl’s current 45,000 m2 logistics facility located in Kallhäll, in the neighbouring municipality of Järfälla. It will take control during the first quarter of 2021, with Logicenters having an opportunity to expand the facility by up to 12,000 m2 in addition to the existing warehouse space. Dahl will continue to operate from the property until the new central warehouse in Bålsta has been completed.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with Logicenters again. It is rewarding to work with a company which shares our view on the development of the logistics facilities of tomorrow and we look forward to moving into our new state-of-the-art central warehouse”, says Göran Dahlin, CEO of Dahl Sverige AB.
In line with Logicenters’ high sustainability goals, the new property in Bålsta will have the environmental certification BREEAM Very Good. There will also be an option to install solar cells on the property’s roof. The existing warehouse in Kallhäll will undergo a sustainability inspection when Logicenters takes control.
“It is very gratifying that Logicenters has once again chosen to establish itself in our municipality and we also look forward to welcoming Dahl to Håbo. We are convinced that Håbo’s strategic location in the region will benefit their operations”, says Mattias Jonsgården, head of local government at Håbo municipality.
“Companies and enterprise create jobs and are a priority issue in the municipality. We are therefore pleased with the new establishment in Håbo and take a positive view of the high sustainability goals and the property’s intended environmental certification”, says Liselotte Grahn Elg, mayor of Håbo municipality.
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