Leading European logistics property developer and long-term investor P3 has won the tender to develop a new 30,000 m2 Build-to-Suit (BTS) warehouse for Automobili Lamborghini (Lamborghini) and Ducati Motor Holding (Ducati) at P3 Sala Bolognese park, near Bologna in Italy.
It is P3’s first BTS project in Italy. The new logistics facility will be the central European storage and distribution hub for Lamborghini and Ducati Genuine Parts.
The globally-renowned automotive brands are new customers for P3. They have their headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese and Bologna respectively, both less than 15 kilometres from P3’s park.
The development is on a very tight delivery timetable. Work has already started on site and completion is due before the end of this year (2017). Achieving the necessary timescale has been made possible thanks to the partnership approach of the municipality of Sala Bolognese, which has supported the project since it was first proposed.
The new 30,000 m2 building will include 700 m2 of offices. It will have a 12 metre clear internal height, 5 tonnes per m2 floor loading and will be heated to maintain a minimum 18o C temperature throughout the year.
In line with all new P3 BTS projects, the warehouse will have a number of environmentally-sustainable features, including LED lighting, thermal insulation and solar panels on the roof to heat the water used in the offices and for the office heating and cooling systems. In addition, it will use well water for irrigation, further reducing environmental impact. A cycle path is planned to link the train station to the park.
The new Lamborghini and Ducati logistics hub will be the second P3 warehouse at Sala Bolognese. It will occupy a site of approximately 11 hectares, including land for a 5,000 m2 expansion. There is also an additional three hectares of land for further BTS development for other customers.
Jean-Luc Saporito, Managing Director of P3 in Italy, said: “We are honoured that such prestigious global brands as Lamborghini and Ducati have chosen P3 to develop their new warehouse, demonstrating that our high-quality buildings continue to attract top customers from across the world. Along with our partner, general contractor Techbau, we would like to thank Sala Bolognese Mayor Emanuele Bassi, together with Direttore Area Tecnica Maria Grazia Murru, who have both been extremely supportive, expediting the administrative procedures and actively collaborating with the Metropolitan City of Bologna and all the other local authorities involved in the process.”
“P3’s approach to business is based on the same values that guide our work: understanding customer needs and always finding the best and fastest solutions,” said Francesco Milicia, Supply Chain Director Ducati. “We are proud to be collaborating with P3, building a solid working relationship based on flexibility and partnership.”
This project is the latest in a number of developments that P3 has undertaken for customers from the automotive industry, which is currently one of the major sources of demand for logistics space across Europe. P3 has customers from this sector across all nine of the countries in which it has parks.
Other projects include Volkswagen wheel supplier PTG’s new premises at the P3 Bratislava D2 park – one of the most technologically-advanced facilities of its kind in Europe – which started shipping its first wheels to the VW plant 14 km away in May this year (2017), and a 20,000 m2 BTS automotive parts distribution centre at P3 Niedersachsenpark in north-west Germany, occupied by Peugeot Citroen Deutschland GmbH.
MF Studio provided legal advice to P3 during the tender process for the Lamborghini and Ducati warehouse, while technical building consultancy support was supplied by civil engineers SFRE.