The developer has delivered an online order fulfilment centre for Amazon in Okmiany near Bolesławiec (Lower Silesia). The 60,000-square-metre facility was built on a site covering nearly 16 hectares. Its parking facilities and service yards will accommodate 458 car parking spaces, 28 bus parking spaces, 127 truck parking spaces and 70 docks. To comply with the requirements of Amazon’s technologies, the facility is 14 metres high. Completion of the investment required 10,400 m3 of concrete, 700,000 kg of steel and 900,000 m of cabling.
“We are increasing our presence in Lower
Silesia and creating many additional jobs. Since 2014, we have
generated in excess of PLN 1.5 billion in investments and created more
than 4,000 permanent jobs. The Okmiany team will play a key role in
ensuring a top-level service for our customers across Poland and Europe –
said Steven Harman, Vice President for Continental Europe Operations at Amazon.
The lucky seven
The facility in Okmiany near Bolesławiec built for Amazon marks already
the seventh collaboration between the two companies. To date, the
developer has provided the e-commerce leader with a total of 745,500 sqm
of space – completing facilities in Poznań, Wrocław, Szczecin,
Sosnowiec, Bolesławiec and Prague in the Czech Republic. Panattoni
Europe is also working on a project in Pawlikowice, where an e-commerce
logistics centre totalling in excess of 45,000 sqm will be delivered.
Another successful project completion for Amazon confirms the importance
of e-commerce as an area of expertise for Panattoni.
Marek Dobrzycki, Managing Director Panattoni Europe
explains: “Panattoni Europe delivers more and more e-commerce projects,
being aware of exponential growth in this sector. In Poland, in
2018-2022 its value is set to grow by more than PLN 20 billion. No
wonder then that as much as 30 per cent of the space built by Panattoni
every year is dedicated to handling online shopping”.
The new facility as an opportunity for Lower Silesia
The development of large logistics facilities is always an important
information in any region, as they guarantee many new jobs. There will
be no shortage of those at the new logistics centre in Bolesławiec.
Amazon plans to employ 1000 people in the space of 18 months since the
launch of the facility, offering competitive remuneration and benefits
Moreover, the staff will be able to use a canteen designed for
400 people, comfortable offices and staff facilities as well as a
spacious car park, all delivered by Panattoni Europe. The developer has
also built a section of a local road, rebuilt a roundabout on a national
road, and delivered a gas pipeline which also serves the local
The project was carried
out according to the principle of minimising the environmental impact of
the facility and its construction. To this end, the building process
was accompanied by a range of special measures, including monitoring the
consumption of water and CO2, control of waste production (with a 90
per cent recovery rate), restriction of contamination with harmful
substances through e.g. reduced nitric oxide emissions, as well as noise
From the onset of execution, a qualified ecologist was
involved in the project, and the construction was preceded by a public
The new Amazon logistics centre, using state-of-the-art technologies, will receive products from sellers and suppliers, and then distribute them to Amazon’ e-commerce centres. The operations will be made easier by the excellent location in Lower Silesia.
The centre lies a short distance from the A4 motorway – Poland’s longest, spanning the country’s western and south-eastern borders. Moreover, the proximity of the German and Czech borders will facilitate the transportation of goods from Southern and Western Europe. In this way, Amazon will be even more effective in satisfying the growing demand and will be able to support enterprises selling their products via its website and logistics network.