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Inspiration event 29 November 2023; Latest developments and challenges in the logistics real estate sector
On the afternoon of Wednesday 29 November, the splendid Landgoed Luchtenburg estate formed the backdrop for Groenewout’s inspiration & networking event, which was attended by more than 60 logistics professionals. There is no doubt that the market needs more warehousing space. Over the past 20 years, the Dutch logistics real estate market has grown strongly, from 20 million square meters to approximately 40 million square meters. Moreover, due to various trends, it is predicted that much more space will be required in the near future. Therefore, the event revolved around space optimization as well as all the other logistics real-estate challenges currently facing developers, investors and end users.
Dirk Sosef Founder, Research as a Service, kicked off the event with an update on the latest figures and developments in Europe’s logistics real estate market. After Dirk’s presentation, which focused on the current market challenges and opportunities specifically for investors and property developers, Mari van Kuijk talked about the logistics real estate market from a Benelux and end-user perspective. Due to a multitude of challenges – ranging from nitrogen deposition, (non) availability E-connection capacity, the ‘boxifying landscape’ debate, sustainability, and rainwater storage – developing logistics real estate can be a costly and time-consuming puzzle. His presentation gave end users insights into how these challenges can be tackled.
After a networking break, the second part of the event featured a panel discussion between two developers/investors with experience in multilevel construction (Jeroen Verbakel, Director Unibouw and Bert Hesselink, Group Client Relationship Director CTP) , and two suppliers of mechanized logistics systems (René Wolters, Managing Director Knapp and Bart Van Eycken, Head of Sales TGW Northern Europe).
Moderator Dries Castelein, Developer logistics & industrial real estate, DC&I Real Estate/Associate Consultant Groenewout, presented the panel members with a series of statements about topics, including the pros and cons of multilevel facilities compared to ‘smart’ logistics solutions, and the Netherlands’ state of readiness for multilevel warehouses. Numerous questions from the audience added to the lively discussion among the panel members.
If you would like to know more about the developments in the logistics real estate market or if you need support with adapting an existing logistics facility or constructing a new one, please contact Mari van Kuijk.
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