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Warburg-HIH Invest Lays Foundation Stone for a Building of Zalando’s Headquarters Complex in Berlin

Warburg-HIH Invest Lays Foundation Stone for a Building of Zalando’s Headquarters Complex in Berlin

  • Modern new-build office scheme with 12,900 square metres of gross lettable area
  • Pre-certified for DGNB Gold sustainability standard
  • Scheduled to be completed by 2023
  • New office scheme to be added to individual fund of Warburg-HIH Invest upon completion

Hamburg, 3 March 2021 – Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate (Warburg-HIH Invest) together with HIH Projektentwicklung (HPE) and BAM Deutschland AG (BAM), one of Germany’s leading turn-key contractors, just laid the foundation stone for an eight-storey building that will be part of Zalando’s headquarters complex in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin. The building on Mercedes-Benz-Platz will join the existing buildings “X” and “O” to complete the headquarters campus. Warburg-HIH Invest retained HPE on a mandate to act as general contractor. The new-build office scheme, once completed, is earmarked for an individual fund managed by Warburg-HIH Invest.

Jens Nietner, Managing Director of HIH Real Estate, joined Hans-Joachim Lehmann, Managing Director of Warburg-HIH Invest, and Klaus Richter, Managing Director of BAM for this construction project, to celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony at the construction site in a COVID-secure manner. Jens Nietner said: “In the heart of Berlin, we are developing a modern and sustainable office scheme that anticipates the requirements of tomorrow’s work environment for one of Germany’s most dynamic enterprises. Amenities that the employees of Zalando will benefit from include open work areas, prayer rooms, family rooms and quiet zones. There will even be a roof terrace,” said Jens Nietner, Managing Director of HIH Real Estate.

Klaus Richter, member of the senior management of BAM Deutschland AG, commented: “It feels good to be developing such a prestigious office building on one of the last remaining development sites of the Media Spree submarket in Berlin. The building’s architecture will reflect the open-minded and creative spirit of Berlin in elements like minimalistic glass façades, concrete uprights and plain wooden staircases.”

Hans-Joachim Lehmann, Managing Director of Warburg-HIH Invest, elaborated: “Zalando sold the project to Warburg-HIH Invest within the framework of a broad-based tender. The decisive factor for Zalando was that we are able to provide everything as a one-stop service. We will commit the know-how of HIH Projektentwicklung to develop the new building, and will subsequently handle the asset management of the long-term individual fund for which the headquarters building is intended. Bringing all this to the table, we managed to secure this attractive office building, occupied by a blue-chip tenant who is loyal to the location, early on for our investor.”

The Berlin Headquarters Z building — or just BHQ Z for short — at Media Spree will have a gross lettable area of 12,900 square metres. From the ground floor up to the second floor, the house will be open to the public. The plans envision exhibition space, show rooms and pop-up retail units as well as a café here. Its underground car park will have 28 car parking spots including EV charging stations and 160 bicycle parking spaces. The entire office scheme will run on green electricity. Moreover, the property development has already been pre-certified by the DGNB German Sustainable Building Council for meeting its “Gold” sustainability standard. Upon its completion, which is slated for 2023, the property will be occupied by Zalando on a long-term lease.

Raimund Paetzmann, Vice President Corporate Real Estate Zalando SE, said: “Now, and going forward, the office will remain an important place of creative exchange. By expanding our campus area to include the BHQ-Z building and the Stream building already under construction, we plan to create the right kind of environment for that – a collaborative working world where our employees, partners and clients with diverse backgrounds can learn from one another and work together.”

“In the heart of Berlin, we are developing a modern and sustainable office scheme that anticipates the requirements of tomorrow’s work environment for one of Germany’s most dynamic enterprises. Amenities that the employees of Zalando will benefit from include open work areas, prayer rooms, family rooms and quiet zones. There will even be a roof terrace.”

Jens Nietner, Managing Director
HIH Real Estate

“It feels good to be developing such a prestigious office building on one of the last remaining development sites of the Media Spree submarket in Berlin. The building’s architecture will reflect the open-minded and creative spirit of Berlin in elements like minimalistic glass façades, concrete uprights and plain wooden staircases.”

Klaus Richter, member of the senior management
BAM Deutschland AG

“Zalando sold the project to Warburg-HIH Invest within the framework of a broad-based tender. The decisive factor for Zalando was that we are able to provide everything as a one-stop service. We will commit the know-how of HIH Projektentwicklung to develop the new building, and will subsequently handle the asset management of the long-term individual fund for which the headquarters building is intended. Bringing all this to the table, we managed to secure this attractive office building, occupied by a blue-chip tenant who is loyal to the location, early on for our investor.”

Hans-Joachim Lehmann, Managing Director
Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

“Now, and going forward, the office will remain an important place of creative exchange. By expanding our campus area to include the BHQ-Z building and the Stream building already under construction, we plan to create the right kind of environment for that – a collaborative working world where our employees, partners and clients with diverse backgrounds can learn from one another and work together.”

Raimund Paetzmann, Vice President Corporate Real Estate
Zalando SE



Warburg-HIH Invest acquires non-discretionary retail quarter in Bavaria

Warburg-HIH Invest acquires non-discretionary retail quarter in Bavaria

  • Property in Nittendorf acquired for the Warburg-HIH Perspektive Einzelhandel: Fokus Nahversorgung special fund
  • Bernstein-Center offers space for retail businesses, social services, housing, a gym and doctors’ surgeries
  • Anchor tenant: Edeka, lettable area 2,150 square metres
  • Seller: Oberpfälzer Projektentwicklung GmbH
  • Non-discretionary retail quarter almost fully let

Hamburg, 2 March 2021 – Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate (Warburg-HIH Invest) has acquired Bernstein-Center, a mixed-use, non-discretionary retail quarter in the Bavarian town of Nittendorf. Located at Brunnenstrasse 1-3, the newly built quarter features a gross lettable area of around 6,500 square metres, as well as 48 underground car park spaces and some 110 outdoor parking spaces. The long-term main tenant is Edeka, with a lettable area of roughly 2,150 square metres. In addition to some 2,700 square metres of lettable area for retail and services, Bernstein-Center has roughly 1,600 square metres dedicated to housing, providing over 31 units that meet the KfW 55 standard for energy efficiency. The centre also offers around 960 square metres in lettable area for a fitness studio and some 600 square metres each for medical and social facilities. With a weighted average unexpired lease term (WAULT) of approximately 12.7 years, the non-discretionary retail quarter is almost fully let. The transaction was part of an asset deal for the open-ended special AIF Warburg-HIH Perspektive Einzelhandel: Fokus Nahversorgung. Warburg-HIH Invest and the seller, Oberpfälzer Projektentwicklung GmbH, have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The property is set to be added to the fund in May 2021.

Jens Nagelsmeier, Head of Retail Transaction at Warburg-HIH Invest, says: “The newly acquired Bernstein-Center is an excellent example of how we define non-discretionary retail. Besides traditional grocery stores, we also understand it to mean usage types that complement non-discretionary retail, such as doctors’ surgeries and housing. Ideally, there should be a wide selection of retail, service, personal care and recreational opportunities, as is the case at Bernstein-Center.”

Werner Decker, Managing Director of Michael Dankerl Bau GmbH, a subsidiary of Oberpfälzer Projektentwicklung GmbH, says: “Bernstein-Center has a diverse and attractive mix of tenants, despite the coronavirus pandemic. What’s more, we were able to complete the project in a short space of time, which also has to do with the good working relationship with the responsible authorities and all of the companies involved.”

Bernstein-Center is the 17th property in the Warburg-HIH Perspektive Einzelhandel: Fokus Nahversorgung portfolio, which focuses on properties in economically sound German locations with a volume of €10 million to €40 million and yields between 4.5% and 5.5% a year.

Nittendorf is located in the fast-growing Regensburg region and is just 15 minutes by car from the centre of Regensburg. In particular, the moderate rents in Nittendorf are attractive for young families and older individuals. Nittendorf’s population grew by 2.3% between 2014 and 2019 and is forecast to increase by an additional 4.2% by 2030. At 109.4, purchasing power was well over the German average of 100. Bernstein-Center is well connected to the city of Regensburg by car (motorway and trunk road), as well as by bus and train.

The law firm Ashurst LLP (Frankfurt am Main) provided legal and tax due diligence services to the buyer, with Witte Projektmanagement GmbH providing technical and ESG due diligence. SWIMS Invest GmbH, Regensburg, brokered the deal.

“The newly acquired Bernstein-Center is an excellent example of how we define non-discretionary retail. Besides traditional grocery stores, we also understand it to mean usage types that complement non-discretionary retail, such as doctors’ surgeries and housing. Ideally, there should be a wide selection of retail, service, personal care and recreational opportunities, as is the case at Bernstein-Center.”

Jens Nagelsmeier, Head of Retail Transaction
Warburg-HIH Invest

“Bernstein-Center has a diverse and attractive mix of tenants, despite the coronavirus pandemic. What’s more, we were able to complete the project in a short space of time, which also has to do with the good working relationship with the responsible authorities and all of the companies involved.”

Werner Decker, Managing Director
Michael Dankerl Bau GmbH



Warburg-HIH Invest leases out nearly 1,000 square metres in Erlangen

Warburg-HIH Invest leases out nearly 1,000 square metres in Erlangen

  • Real estate firm rents the space for five years
  • Leasable space in the office and commercial building totals just under 9,700 square metres

Hamburg, 25 February 2021 – Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate (Warburg-HIH Invest) has newly leased out approximately 940 square metres in Erlangen to a real estate firm for a five-year term as of 1 February. The space is located in a high-end office and commercial building on Nägelsbachstraße. Of the nearly 9,700 square metres in the building, approximately 1,711 square metres of vacant office space remains available. The four-story property consists of four structural parts with an internal courtyard and features its own underground parking garage with 204 parking spaces for cars. The property, constructed in 1991, is in an individual fund managed by Warburg-HIH Invest.

Carina Orthen, Head of Letting for the Southern Region at HIH Real Estate, says: “The property is located at the southern entrance to the shopping district in Erlangen’s city centre and features an outstanding location. The public transit connections are excellent, and the A73 motorway is also quick to reach. Vacant space is still available for potential tenants.“

Brokerage firm his ImmoService acted as an intermediary on behalf of Warburg-HIH Invest.

“The property is located at the southern entrance to the shopping district in Erlangen’s city centre and features an outstanding location. The public transit connections are excellent, and the A73 motorway is also quick to reach. Vacant space is still available for potential tenants.“

Carina Orthen, Head of Letting for the Southern Region
HIH Real Estate