175 guests followed the invitation to the topping-out ceremony of the new GROUP7 logistics center in Hamburg-Billbrook. Upon completion, the modern multi-user warehouse will comprise of 26,000 square metres of logistics space and 2,000 square metres of office space. GROUP7 is investing a total of 36 million euros in the new location and will create 150 new jobs in the region.
IHK Managing Director Dr. Malte Heyne holds welcome speech
With the ceremony speech, the last stage in the construction of the GROUP7 logistics center was initiated. On the occasion of the traditional festival, the Managing Director of the Hamburg Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Dr. Malte Heyne, addressed greetings to those present and expressed his appreciation for the consistent growth of GROUP7 in Hamburg. Prior to Dr. Heyne’s speech, GROUP7 Managing Director Günther Jocher briefly reviewed the long journey to this company owned logistics center in Hamburg: "I am proud of how we altogether have managed to grow from a small office in 2006 to a branch with 28,000 square meters of office and logistics space." Afterwards, he directed warm words of appreciation towards all those working on the construction site: "From construction workers to project managers and architects, I would like to thank you for your extraordinary commitment and flexibility. The fact that we will be putting our logistics center into operation as planned despite faltering supply chains and additional pandemic hurdles is thanks to you!"
Innovative scanning technology and driverless transport systems are planned
The logistics center will start operations in the fourth quarter of 2022. At the new location in Hamburg-Billbrook, sea freight consolidated containers will also be unloaded from import and stowed for export. GROUP7's national and international road traffic will also be expanded by the newly created hub in Hamburg. In addition to state-of-the-art scanning technology, driverless transport systems will also be used in logistics. In addition, 14,000 pallet spaces enable long-term and at the same time flexible storage of goods. The new logistics building in Hamburg Billbrook is located 13 kilometres away from the Port of Hamburg, 16 kilometres from the airport, six minutes from the Hamburg-Moorfleet A1 motorway junction and one kilometre from Billwerder Moorfleet train station. Employees as well as procurement and distribution benefit from the convenient location.
Hamburg – another sustainable GROUP7 logistics center certified with DGNB gold
Like all of GROUP7's other logistics centers in Munich, Frankfurt and Neuss near Düsseldorf, the new building in Hamburg will be certified with the gold standard of the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council). Ecological highlights are highly efficient heat pumps and heat cooling ceilings as well as a photovoltaic system with pre-equipping for energy storage to cover own energy requirements and to feed the electricity connections for e-bikes, e-cars as well as e-sprinters and e-trucks. The local flora and fauna is also taken into account: A green roof with flower flora, sedum carpet, herb meadow and stone rose flora offers optimal biodiversity, while in the outdoor area an insect-friendly lighting with 3,000 Kelvin avoids light pollution. The GROUP7 logistics center in Hamburg will save around 850,000 kWh of energy per year compared to a reference building. This corresponds roughly to the annual consumption of 14,000 refrigerators.