AEW acquires last-mile logistics park development near Frankfurt

AEW buys last-mile logistics park near Frankfurt for German pension scheme

AEW has purchased a last-mile logistics and business park development in Hanau, close to Frankfurt, for a pan-European separate account mandate on behalf of a German pension scheme.

The seller is a joint venture of Inbright and Convalor.

The scheme, which is due to complete in early 2023, will comprise three warehouse buildings totalling c. 28,000 sq m. and will benefit from a DGNB Gold enviromental certification, an almost fossil-free energy supply and solar panels on each building’s roof.

Situated in Hanau, the last-mile logistics asset benefits from an established location, positioned in one of Europe’s most important and sought after logistics hubs – the Rhine-Main region – which has more than 5.0 million inhabitants. In addition, the quality of the location is reflected in its proximity to Frankfurt and its easy access to the dense motorway network, which is in direct vicinity to the asset.

Launched in November 2020, the mandate, on behalf of a German pension scheme, has rapidly expanded its geographic diversification by deploying ca. € 350 million of capital across Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. The mandate’s strategy is to create a robust portfolio of logistics and office assets that are well placed to withstand external market effects, such as the pandemic environment.

Marc Langenbach, Head of Funds & Separate Accounts Germany and KVG-Geschäftsführer at AEW, explains: “This mandate focuses on core and value add opportunities in locations within Europe that are difficult to replicate and this investment is an attractive addition to the existing portfolio. The asset’s strong location in an established logistics hub and the heart of the Rhein Main area, as well as its strong ESG fundamentals are key for the mandate’s strategy.” 

Niklas Räther, Executive Director Investment at AEW, adds: “In terms of location and asset quality the acquisition is aligned well with this mandate’s strategy. We are pleased to have secured this opportunity for our client and are looking forward to working closely with the Inbright team on the scheme, especially as we share their holistic ESG approach with regards to brownfield developments. Given the size of its consumer pool and its attractive connectivity, the asset will, upon completion, add modern and multifunctional logistics and business park space to a market which is subject to sustained positive development and high demand from a broad range of occupiers.”