Bologna (7 May 2018) – Prologis, Inc., the global leader in logistics real estate, today announced it has launched construction of two new Class-A build-to-suit logistics facilities at Interporto Bologna for SDA, the express delivery service of Poste Italiane. The buildings are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will total 30,600 square meters. Once completed they will host 750 employees.
Bologna Interporto, located north of Bologna near the municipalities of Bentivoglio and San Giorgio in Piano, is one of the largest intermodal (rail/road) logistics platforms in Europe. Situated just two kilometres from the A13 highway, which connects Bologna and Padua, It benefits from close proximity to national and European cargo transport routes.
The units comprise 23,600 square meters “hub”, to be used by SDA to serve the Emilia Romagna region and a smaller 4,000 square meters facility dedicated to serving the city of Bologna. The modern facilities will be built to the highest international standards and will include office, logistics and distribution space, large outdoor areas and approximately 500 parking places. The main building has been planned for cross dock operations, with support pillars specifically positioned to fully accommodate SDA’s sorter.
Both facilities will feature Prologis’ EEGLE, a digital innovation which allows customers to optimize their building’s operations, reduce costs and minimize environmental impact. It is the first tool of its kind in the industrial real estate sector and enables remote management of a logistics building. The interface connects to the building by sensors, allowing users to monitor energy consumption, manage maintenance deadlines and detect operational malfunction.
“Completing the SDA buildings will bring the number of Prologis properties at Interporto Bologna up to 17, with a total area of 253,000 square metres. Starting 18 months ahead of schedule, today’s groundbreaking uses all remaining development space at the park, “ said Sandro Innocenti, senior vice president, country manager, Prologis Italy. “The Italian logistics real estate market is particularly vibrant right now. We see high demand for technologically advanced, build-to-suit facilities, a trend likely to continue throughout 2018.”
These facilities are a turnkey build, by general contractor, Engineering 2K. Prologis is being advised by DLA Piper.
Prologis is currently the single largest operator at Bologna Interporto, where it owns and manages approximately 45% of the total covered logistics area available.
Prologis owns and manages approximately 890,000 square metres of distribution space in Italy as of December 31, 2017.
Prologis, Inc. is the global leader in industrial real estate. As of September 30, 2015, Prologis owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 671 million square feet (62 million square meters) in 21 countries. The company leases modern distribution facilities to more than 5,200 customers, including third-party logistics providers, transportation companies, retailers and manufacturers.
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