News Article Czech Republic development industrial UDI Group
by Property Forum | Industrial

UDI Group is finishing the first hall of its new Logistics Centre Přehýšov near the D5 motorway close to Plzeň. A total of three halls with a total area of 130,000 sqm will be built here. The developer plans to invest a total of CZK 3.2 billion (€130.5 million) here. 

"We are building the complex to an even higher environmental standard than our first project on D1 near Ostředek. We want to certify it with the BREEAM system and we are targeting the Excellent level," said Marcela Fialková, strategy director at UDI Group. "We would like to promote a photovoltaic power plant on the roofs of the halls. Thanks to their huge surface area, we could generate up to 12 MWp of electricity at peak times. We would also like to bring a railway siding from a nearby corridor to the site so that we can offer future tenants quality and environmentally friendly transport," Fialková added. The UDI Group is the only developer in the country that uses advanced technology for rainwater management and would also like to use rainwater at Přehýšov as greywater and redistribute it to the halls, for example for flushing toilets. The water-friendly approach is also reflected in the design of the surrounding area, where several retention basins will be created and bio-corridors are also planned on the formerly regulated streams in the vicinity.

The location of the site is interesting for the logistics of e-shops, but also for brick-and-mortar retailers, who use the logistics facilities and will need them even more in the future. "For years, shops have been used to having a large warehouse so they have goods ready on hand that may be in storage for a month or two and replenished when they are needed. However, this is terribly expensive. So we have seen a big change recently. We feel a huge pressure on external storage space and the ability to replenish goods exactly when the store needs them," explained Tomáš Prouza, president of the Confederation of Commerce and Tourism of the Czech Republic.

Due to the potential production, the developer has also increased the floor load capacity in the first hall to 7 tonnes per sqm and the height to 12 m. "We started the construction of two of the three halls speculatively, i.e. without having a signed contract with a specific tenant. Companies are cautious in the current economic situation. However, there is a lot of interest, so we believe that we will rent the halls soon. We are currently negotiating with several interested parties. By building ahead, we are meeting the demands of companies that want to move into the new hall as soon as possible after signing the contract," explained Fialková.

The first hall of the Logistics Centre Přehýšov, which will offer 50,000 sqm of space, will be completed this year. According to the requirements of the specific tenant, the company will then build-in customized office and social facilities and technologies. Another of the halls currently has a skeleton and the group is ready to continue construction immediately, according to the requirements of a specific customer. Since the signing of the contract, hall B3, which will offer 30,000 sqm of space, can be completed within eight to ten months. The construction of the third hall B2, which, like the first hall, will offer 50,000 sqm of space, is also in the pipeline. The developer will start the construction according to the market demand. The general contractor of the construction is Syner.