Logicenters is experiencing a strong expansion phase and is in the process of strengthening its team significantly. To support the logistics property company’s continued growth and ambitious goals, Logicenters has acquired six new employees. These include a Sustainability Manager in order to further strengthen Logicenters’ work on sustainability.
Logicenters is today the leading developer and long-term owner of modern and sustainable logistics properties in the Nordic region. Over the past decade, Logicenters has been the most active developer of logistics properties with more than 25 completed projects and over 600,000 square metres of logistics space. Logicenters is now a Nordic team with offices in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
The flourishing e-commerce sector over recent years is just one of the reasons why Logicenters has enjoyed a continued increase in its real estate holdings and strong organisational growth. In order to keep pace with this rate of growth, Logicenters is now reinforcing its team by adding a number of new positions. This includes two new Commercial Managers – Ruben Krantz in Norway and Fredrik Nygren in Sweden.
Logicenters, who are connected to RE100 through NREP, also has high sustainability goals and are working continuously to make its properties more energy efficient. For example, earlier this year, construction began on what will be the Nordic region’s largest rooftop solar cell plant, in terms of both area and capacity. With the aim to further strengthen NREPs work on sustainability, Logicenters has now recruited Karin Sjövall in the role of Sustainability Manager, with a main focus on logistics properties. Karin most recently worked at Nordic Property Management as a Project Sustainability Manager.
“It feels really great to team up with even more smart, driven and engaging people who understand what our customers value. I am absolutely positive that our new colleagues will contribute to our continued growth and help to ensure that our high business goals are achieved. Together, we will continue to develop and manage the Nordic region’s most modern and sustainable logistics properties. And we will take Logicenters to the next level”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Logicenters has also recruited Andreas Luczak as a Transactions Associate, Erik Karlsson as a Business Analyst and Kalle Nurmos as an Asset Manager. In addition, the logistics property company is currently looking into further recruitments in order to support its rate of growth.
Logicenters, NREP, has announced the purchase of further land in Vestby, Norway. This time it is a substantial land plot of 100,727 m². This latest acquisition means that Logicenters now owns land for development totalling 128,000 m² in the area. Ground preparation is currently in progress, and the logistics property company predicts that the first property can be ready for tenants in the beginning of 2022.
Logicenters is continuing to establish in strategic logistics hubs throughout the Nordic region. The logistics property company has now acquired a substantial land plot at Toveien 21 in Vestby Næringspark, just south of Oslo. The site was purchased from the investment company Ferd Eiendom.
Logicenters is already well established in the area. Since 2016, Logicenters has purchased 130,000 m² of land and developed facilities totalling 56,000 m² in Vestby, including a new development of 12,000 m² which is scheduled for completion in early 2021, and during this spring, the logistics property company acquired additionally 27,000 m² of land with a potential footprint of ca 70%. With the latest land acquisition of just over 100,000 m², Logicenters has now secured its position for ongoing development in the logistics park. The ground conditions at the newly acquired plot should be of excellent quality, which is key for logistics facilities with high load bearing requirements.
“Vestby is a very attractive logistics cluster for many companies. It is therefore important that we strengthen our presence in the area in order to develop more high-quality facilities for modern logistics operations. We have been very successful in Vestby and this new land acquisition will allow us to continue developing and renting out logistics properties to companies with high demands, positioned at the forefront of their industries. This acquisition will enable us to offer properties for both large and small tenants. We look forward to welcoming our first tenants in early 2022,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Vestby Næringspark is located in Oslo’s southern logistics corridor. The business park has an optimal strategic location for warehousing with its close proximity to the E6 motorway and Oslo. Logicenters’ latest land acquisition is one of the few large-scale development areas with direct proximity to both the E6 motorway and Oslo.
Logicenters is scaling up in Norway by strengthening its team with a key hire to support its future growth. The logistics property provider has recruited Ruben Krantz as Commercial Manager for Logicenters in Norway. Krantz has substantial experience in the logistics industry, most recently as Director of Business Development at Colliers.
Logicenters is expanding significantly in Norway. Through both land acquisitions and new developments in Vestby, just outside Oslo, the logistics property company has expanded its presence in Norway substantially in 2020. In order to support future growth and as part of its continued investment, the company has recruited a Commercial Manager for Logicenters in Norway, Ruben Krantz, who will be responsible for the continued business development in Norway.
“We are delighted with this appointment. Ruben has valuable experience of the industry, a wide network of connections and a good understanding of what our customers need. Logicenters is in a strong growth phase and Ruben will have an important part to play in the company’s future investment in Norway. I would like to warmly welcome Ruben to our team and I look forward to working together onwards,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Ruben Krantz has substantial experience and understanding of logistics in Norway. His most recent position was as Director of Business Development at Colliers and prior to that as Business Developer at Malling & Co Markets. He will now become a key person in Logicenters’ team where he will be managing the logistics property provider’s future investments in Norway.
“Joining such a successful and ambitious brand such as Logicenters is something I am very proud of and humbled by. My goal is to support Logicenters growth to being the leading logistics property provider in Norway and I look forward to developing the business further in collaboration with my new team,” says Ruben Krantz.
Logicenters is now scaling up and expanding its presence in Vestby, Norway, with a new land acquisition in the area totalling 27,000 m². The logistics property player is then expected to develop a logistics facility of approximately 13,500 m² at the newly acquired site, which is centrally located in Vestby Business Park.
Logicenters is continuing to consolidate and expand its presence at strategic logistics hubs in the Nordic region. It has now acquired additional land at Stormåsen 42, in Vestby, just south of Oslo, Norway. It is expected that up to 70 percent of the 27,000 m² site will be built on as part of Logicenters’ investment in the further strengthening of its presence in Vestby.
“For Logicenters, not only is it important to establish ourselves in geographically strategic logistics hubs, but also to continue to strengthen our presence in these areas. This is precisely what we are currently doing with this land acquisition. Vestby is ideally suited for logistics and its close proximity to Oslo makes it very attractive to many companies. We are very much looking forward to being able to develop further high-quality logistics facilities in the area,” says Jens Petter Hagen, partner at NREP Norway.
Vestby is located in Oslo’s southern logistics corridor close to the E6 motorway and close to Oslo itself. Logicenters already has a presence in the area with a modern logistics property measuring 44,049 m², as well as the ongoing development of a 12,000 m² property which is scheduled for completion in early 2021.
Logicenters fortsetter å styrke sin tilstedeværelse ved strategiske logistikknutepunkter i Norden. Logistikkeiendomsaktør som eies av NREP, skal utvikle et 12.000 m2 stort logistikkanlegg i Vestby. Det er allerede inngått en leiekontrakt med BH Nordic AS (Barnas Hus), som vil leie ca 5.800 m2 av eiendommen. Grunnarbeider vil starte i mars 2020, og eiendommen skal etter planen være ferdigstilt i februar 2021. Resterende ca 6200 m2 skal leies ut til ytterligere en eller flere leietakere.
Logicenters starter ila våren utviklingen av et nytt logistikkbygg på adressen Torvuttaket 22 i Vestby, rett sør for Oslo i Norge. Eiendommen vil ha et areal på 12.000 m2 og planlegges ferdigstilt i februar 2021. Anlegget skal utvikles i tråd med Logicenters klare fokus på bærekraft. Den nyutviklede eiendommen vil også bli BREEAM-sertifisert, en miljøsertifisering som stiller strenge krav til eiendommens bærekraft. Logicenters tilbyr solceller på taket av eiendommen med sikte på å forsyne leietakere med grønn strøm, med et mål om at dette ikke øker leietakernes totale kostnad knyttet til energi.
Den første leietakeren er allerede sikret. BH Nordic AS, bedre kjent som Barnas Hus, spesialist på barne- og babyprodukter har signert en leiekontrakt for cirka 5 800 m2 av eiendommen. Resterende 6200 m2 er foreløig ikke leid ut, men vil være forberedt for en eller flere leietakere.
”Vi er glade for at vi har kunnet tilby BH Nordic et nytt lager i Vestby. Det er et selskap som etter vår erfaring har et seriøst miljøfokus, og som prioriterer tilfredshet fra ansatte i de nye lokalene og som også har utfordret oss til å utvikle gode løsninger. Det er også spennende at vi bygger ytterligere 6200 kvm for flere potensielle leietakere på eiendommen, hvor vi kan tilby fleksibilitet i både areal og kontraktslengde. Vestby er et geografisk strategisk logistikknutepunkt i nærhet til Oslo og det er gledelig for oss å kunne styrke vår tilstedeværelse ytterligere i området, sier Jørgen Bråten Nordby, kommersiell sjef, Logicenters Norge.
”Vi i BH Nordic og Barnas Hus er svært fornøyd med denne avtalen om nye og effektive lokaler i Vestby. Barnas Hus er Norges ledende faghandel innen utstyr og klær til baby og barn. Fra dette logistikksenteret vil vi videreutvikle vår sterkt voksende nettbutikk og serve våre 25 fysiske butikker med gode produkter. BH Nordic og Barnas Hus er også opptatt av miljø og er sertifisert som Miljøfyrtårn, så et nytt BREEAM-sertifisert bygg passer oss bra. Vi ser frem til å flytte til Vestby, og hele organisasjonen gleder seg til å ta i bruk et effektivt og miljøvennlig lokale. Dette lokalet blir helt perfekt for oss.» sier William Skaar, Økonomi- og IT-direktør i BH Nordic AS.
Motek AS blir ny leietaker i Logicenters eiendom i Fjellbovegen 9 på attraktive Berger utenfor Oslo. Innflytting skjer tidlig i 2020, og selskapet skal leie et areal på 12 571 kvm.
Logicenters har signert en leiekontrakt med Motek AS. Kontrakten gjelder cirka 12 571 kvm, noe som betyr at eiendommen nå i sin helhet er utleid. Logistikkanlegget ligger i Fjellbovegen 9 på Berger utenfor Oslo. Fram til nå har Bertel O. Steen vært leietakere, og de hadde muligheten til å flytte ut før kontrakten deres løper ut i april 2020. Motek AS flytter inn tidlig i 2020 og leier hele eiendommen.
«Det kjennes godt å kunne fortelle at vi har inngått en avtale med Motek AS, som blir nye leietakere i Fjellbovegen 9. Etter gjennomføring av diverse tilpasninger på eiendommen frem mot årsskiftet, ser vi fram til at Motek AS flytter inn tidlig i 2020. Berger er et attraktivt område for leietakere, og Logicenters har vært opptatt av å finne en leietaker som kan leie hele eiendommen. Og det har vi altså lykkes med», sier Jørgen Bråten Nordby, Commercial Manager, Logicenters Norge.
I Fjellbovegen 9 ligger eiendommen godt til i området. Eiendommen holder høy kvalitet og har blant annet et generøst lasteområde med 18 lasteramper. Med tanke på logistikk blir Berger gjerne ansett som den mest attraktive beliggenheten langs Oslos nordre korridor. Logicenters eiendom ligger nær hovedvegen E6, som strekker seg fra Oslo til Gardermoen og videre gjennom Norge. Nærheten til Alnabru-terminalen, som er Oslos hovedterminal for håndtering og transport av gods, gjør området enda mer attraktivt.
For the past two years, Logicenters has invested heavily in its project development department, more than doubling the number of employees. Under the leadership of the company’s Head of Development, Eva Sterner, the department will expand further and scale up initiatives in both area efficiency and environmental work. However, Eva Sterner would also like to attract more women to a male-dominated industry.
With a PhD under her belt and a background as Technical Director Due Diligence at WSP and Managing Director at Watts, Eva began working at Logicenters seven years ago. According to Eva, it is the growth journey, a steady flow of interesting projects, and above all, her colleagues who have been significant reasons behind her becoming a long-term presence at Logicenters. In recent years, both Logicenters and her own department have grown significantly. According to her, this is both because the organisation is flexible and has great ambitions, but also because Logicenters is comprised of people who are driven to do things in new and innovative ways.
Eva Sterner is currently head of Logicenters’ project development department, which has expanded from two to eight people since 2017, with further recruitments planned. Central to this future development is the continued ability to attract talent, with Eva particularly wishing to encourage more women and girls to apply to the logistics industry. An industry which has until now been male dominated.
“I am proud to work for a company with such great ambitions and which allows all its employees to grow. As I personally had no female role models in the logistics industry, I would like to be a role model for girls wanting to work at smart logistics properties. For this to be possible, female employees must be both encouraged and promoted. I believe that Logicenters does this every day, which is something I see as both modern and important,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development at Logicenters.
The project development department has a great responsibility regarding procurement, contact with tenants, property development and the contractual parts of the works contract. The department is constantly striving to find newer, smarter ways to develop modern properties, where 30-metre high-bay warehouses and energy audits exemplify innovative initiatives from Logicenters. With regard to energy efficiency, Eva plays an important role in Logicenters’ work to reduce its carbon footprint. Something which she finds customers are appreciating more and more.
“I am finding that there is increasing focus on the environment within the industry, something which I am very pleased about. We often coach our customers on issues regarding reduced energy consumption, not least by conducting energy audits, and we are finding that we are being listened to. It is my ambition to continue to drive this development forwards in order that we can offer even smarter and more energy-efficient logistics properties with as low a carbon footprint as possible. Being able to lead this development in an organisation where both colleagues and management support my ambitions is something of which I am very proud and something that makes Logicenters an attractive workplace and company,” concludes Eva Sterner.
Logicenters is expanding at a greater rate than ever before. With a total of nine logistics facilities under development, the company is strengthening its position in the Nordic market significantly. The total area currently being developed by Logicenters amounts to a total of 227,000 m2, with several LOIs also having been signed.
Logicenters is a leading developer and owner of modern logistics facilities in the Nordic region. In August 2018, the total holding of logistics space amounted to 1.6 million m2. This figure continues to rise and Logicenters currently has nine ongoing development projects totalling 227,000 m2. Of these, six are in Sweden, two in Denmark and one in Finland. In addition, LOIs have been signed for an additional 210,000 m2, including a 110,000 m2 facility for Axfood in Bålsta, Sweden.
“I am incredibly proud of Logicenters’ success. It is thanks to a strong team and a unique operational flexibility that we have been able to grow at the pace we have. This current expansion is enabling us to increase our presence in important logistics hubs and a natural consequence of this is that we need further reinforcement of the team. We are now looking for project developers for several of our development projects,”says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head at Logicenters.
A sustainable focus
Sustainability is one facet of today’s Logicenters development projects. Energy-efficient solutions and solar panels on roofs are examples of recurring specifications in the construction of new properties. According to Logicenters’ Head of Development, Eva Sterner, the sustainability strategy is an important success factor.
“Reducing our carbon footprint to the greatest possible extent is of the utmost priority to us. Our sustainability strategy integrated in the logistics portfolio enables us to help our customers reach their climate goals, something that we know is appreciated. The great interest in our facilities is a confirmation that we maintain a high standard of development and we will continue to work to meet the functional and sustainable logistics needs of tomorrow,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development at Logicenters.
Logicenters has expanded its property portfolio in Norway with the acquisition of a newly developed logistics facility in Råde, Norway. The purchase was signed with futures contracts and now the 8,000 m2 facility is ready for the tenant New Wave to move in.
In June 2017, Logicenters signed an agreement with Fauna Eiendom AS for the acquisition of a planned new development of a property in Råde, Norway. The 8,000 m2 logistics facility is now ready for the tenant New Wave to move its operations into it. The development of the facility has resulted in 1,500 m2 of office and exhibition space, as well as 6,500 m2 of warehouse space.
– We are delighted that the new modern facility for New Wave in Norway has become part of our logistics property portfolio. As the largest owner of modern logistics facilities in the Nordic region, we have high growth ambitions in Norway and also completed a deal for 44,000 m2 in Vestby during the year, says Jørgen Bråten Nordby at Logicenters in Norway.
Located around 70 kilometres from Oslo and close to the E6 motorway, the logistics facility has a strategically important position in Råde. The property is located at Torvstikkeren 10.
– We are proud to have delivered a modern logistics facility and head office in Norway for New Wave in association with our contractor Norbygg. New Wave has impressed throughout the process and there is no doubt that the company will perform even better in its new facility. With such an expert and professional developer as Logicenters, we are also convinced that the property will be in the best hands for the future. This will enable us to redistribute resources to other exciting development projects we are working on, including 500,000 m2 in a future logistics area along the E6 in Nedre Romerike, says Rasmus Os at Fauna Eiendom AS.
New Wave Group is listed on the Swedish stock exchange and is primarily active in the development and sale of various textile products aimed at the the corporate market. The company also owns the Craft sports brand.