• Innovative multi-storey urban logistics development • Pre-let to IKEA • Rated BREEAM Excellent
PARIS: SEGRO, through its subsidiary VAILOG, has signed an agreement with IKEA France ( “IKEA” ) which will see the furniture retailer occupy 50,000 sq m at a state of the art multi-storey warehouse at Port de Gennevilliers, meaning the site is fully let 11 months ahead of scheduled practical completion.
Working with the landowner, HAROPA-Ports of Paris, SEGRO has bought forward the development of the 63,000 sq m building - known as Paris Air Logistique to complete at the end of 2018.
Paris Air Logistique is a flagship urban logistics development, at the vanguard of multi-storey warehouse design. It embodies the innovative approach that SEGRO has taken to meet the challenges posed by diminishing land availability in and around densely populated areas.
The development will include 48 double-sided lorry docks on the ground floor and 25 single-sided docks on the first floor linked by a 10 metre wide ramp that allows vehicles to pass both ways. It is set to reach the environmental standard of ‘BREEAM Excellent’ and will have 85 electrical charging points for electric vehicles.
The design, allied with the site connections to arterial roads A15 and A86 will enable IKEA to transport goods using electric vehicles to Central Paris and Western suburbs. The location at Port de Gennevilliers allows distribution of goods to Paris via The River Seine which, when in operational use, will reduce potential delivery delays caused by traffic congestion, and the Port’s rail links.
Located 5 km from the Porte de Clichy and in the Port of Gennevilliers, the platform meets the ambition of IKEA France to accelerate their multichannel strategy.
Vicente Cubells, Director of Customer Relations for IKEA France, said: “By installing a new Customer Distribution Centre on this platform, IKEA France confirms their strategic choices to reinforce their ability to deliver products in Paris and West of Paris area. This site will allow us to continue improving the quality of our services and optimize our delivery, while reducing our energy consumption,"Andy Gulliford, Chief Operations Officer, SEGRO said: “The partnership with IKEA underlines that SEGRO is continuing to create the space required to meet the requirements of modern retailers, particularly those driven by e-commerce.
“The approach in Paris provides a template we can follow in London, where the shortage of industrial land coupled with a growing population and increase in e-commerce, makes a compelling case for multi-storey warehousing. We have been among the most vociferous advocates for this approach, and this commitment from IKEA in Paris provides further evidence that it can work.”