Logistics Capital Partners breaks ground with its first warehouse in Belgium
Logistics Capital Partners (LCP) features among the top-10 European developers for warehouse space. After previous developments in Italy and the Netherlands for Amazon, Primark and Kering Group (Gucci, Yves-Saint-Laurent), the company is now establishing a foothold in Belgium with a first logistics building under construction and a first resident: Medi-Market.
One year after the announcement of its first Belgian acquisition in Nivelles, Logistics Capital Partners unveils the development of a logistics facility of more than 30,000 sqm, divided in two units of the same size. The warehouse, which has an internal free height of 12m20 and 40 docks (1 per 750m²), and is built according to the latest sustainable norms. Each unit will have its own office, social rooms, and mezzanine. The site will have 178 car parking spots, as well as bike sheds and an outdoor area.
The project has already found its first tenant with Medi-Market. The upcoming pharmaceutical company needs more space for its logistics and will move into the new, larger building in Nivelles. The first unit of 15,000 sqm (with 1,500 sqm of offices) will be leased to Medi-Market as from October of this year. The second unit is still available for lease and will be ready for take-up by December 2020.
Nivelles, a strategic location for logistics
The site of the LCP’s new warehouse is located in Nivelles-Sud, which is zoned as industrial and where the logistics activities are centralized. Situated a mere 500m from the ring of Nivelles, the new building offers easy access to both highways E19 (going to Brussels, Antwerp, and Amsterdam) and E42 (connecting France and Germany). This way, the new project strengthens the position of Nivelles as a strategic location at the heart of the European market and close to major consumer centres.
“Logistics Capital Partners was already active in Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, and as Belgium remains a perfect hub for logistics activities, at the heart of the European consumers market, it is only logical that we also landed in Belgium one year ago. With success,” explains Kim Cornille, Asset & Development Director Belgium at Logistics Capital Partners.
In addition, Medi-Market, one of the fastest-growing companies in Belgium, will not only use the new warehouse as its central distribution centre, but will also move its headquarters from Brussels to the site in Nivelles. Medi-Market employs 600 employees, including 40 in its headquarters. “Logistics Capital Partners turned out to be a very serious partner, who quickly understood the needs and challenges we were facing, namely the lack of logistics space. LCP is a flexible partner that offers us a building with the latest technology which will, I am sure, help us with our constant growth.” says Yvan Verougstraete, CEO of Medi-Market.
Pierre Huart, Mayor of Nivelles, is also very enthusiastic about this project and the fact that LCP chose his city: “Its strategic location, linking major economic cities while remaining at the centre of regional axes, makes Nivelles one of the hearts of economic development in Belgium. If all roads lead to Rome, Nivelles is the starting point for all destinations. Thanks to Logistics Capital Partners, this new warehouse project proves it once again. We are glad and proud of it.”
LCP, a fast-growing pan-European player in logistics real estate market
Since its inception, the company has allocated more than €500 million of development capital to projects in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, UK, and Spain. Logistics Capital Partners leads projects for major international clients such as Amazon, Primark, Kering Group and XPO and is backed by US-based Invesco for the funding of 1 billion euros of logistics development. Since the start of this year, LCP has already completed a 30,000 sqm automated warehouse for Primark in the Netherlands and a new global distribution hub of 168,000 sqm for Kering Group (Gucci, Yves-Saint-Laurent) in Northern Italy. In the second half of the year, LCP is launching large new projects for Amazon in Italy and Spain. LCP’s development pipeline for the next years amounts to more than 1,300,000 sqm.
LCP opened its Belgian office in February 2018 and the project in Nivelles marks its official launch on the Belgian market for logistics real estate. The development confirms LCP’s position as a reference in strategic logistics real estate markets. Nivelles is one of several projects LCP is currently working on in Belgium. In Roosendaal which is located right across the border with the Netherlands, and strategically placed between the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam, LCP is developing a 120,000 sqm logistics project that is perfectly situated for distribution to the Benelux.
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About Logistics Capital Partners
Logistics Capital Partners (LCP) is a pan European real estate operating platform, specialising in logistics development and asset management. LCP has been established by James Markby (UK), Kristof Verstraeten (BE) and Andrea Benvenuti (IT) in 2015 and is currently backed financially by US-based Invesco. The company presently has a team of 26 professionals with strong track record and reputation spread over 7 European offices (United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Spain).