Prologis, the global leader in logistics real estate, has completed its first build-to-suit urban logistics facility in Italy. Located near the C.A.M.M. turn off on the A51 (known as the Tangenziale Est or East Ring Road), and just 15 minutes from Linate Airport, the facility was commissioned by an express delivery firm. Thanks to its strategic position, the new platform is ideally located for last-mile deliveries to the Milan area.
“We are particularly pleased with this new building, which is the first urban logistics facility to be constructed by Prologis in Italy”, commented Sandro Innocenti, Senior Vice President and Country Manager at Prologis Italia. “This was an urban regeneration project that involved redeveloping a completely abandoned site just a few kilometres from the centre of Milan. The way in which the facility has been integrated into the surrounding environment and its full sustainability make it a model for the future development of other buildings intended for last-mile deliveries”.
The facility - Milan DC2 - has been built on a 13,300 square metre site acquired by the company that previously housed a large industrial/logistics warehouse dating from the 1980s. The old building was demolished, and we built a new one in its place. The new last-mile logistics facility has two floors and occupies a smaller surface area than the demolished structure. The new warehouse area extends over 3,400 square metres. It has 5 loading bays and 63 van docks, plus 700 square metres of office space over two floors. The facility will have at least LEED Silver environmental classification, due to its 10 electric van charging points (22 KW) and 4 charging points for cars, a 100 KW photovoltaic installation that powers the vehicle charging stations as well as the building, latest generation LED lighting systems and ample parking.
Particular attention has been paid to integrating the building into the surrounding environment. 120 trees have been planted on the eastern side towards the Lambro River, while the building's façade is green. FAST Srl was general contractor for the construction, and the facility will be delivered to the customer in the coming weeks.
An urban logistics facility requires a different design process to the kind of traditional logistics building found in rural or semi-rural locations. It must offer greater flexibility than a “traditional” logistics building, thereby enabling the end user to react quickly to changing requirements. A site intended for urban logistics requires ample space for both truck and employee parking, and sizeable loading/unloading areas to accommodate a large number of loading bays. As such, the building's footprint tends to cover a relatively small portion (less than 25%) of a site's total surface area and the surrounding areas intended for green space, parking and loading/unloading.
Prologis Inc. is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets. As of 31 December 2020, Prologis held consolidated investments or co-investment ventures totalling an estimated 91 million square metres in 19 countries. The company leases modern logistics facilities to more than 5,500 customers operating in B2B and e-commerce/online fulfilment.
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