Global fashion retailer Bestseller, which owns brands including Jack & Jones and Vero Moda, has released the concept design for its sustainable mass timber logistics centre – that will be the largest of its kind in Europe.
Working with architecture studio Henning Larsen, the companies aim for the building to reach ambitious standards for design and sustainability.
“We are happy to be able to unveil the design of our new logistics centre, for which we have very big ambitions,” said Allan Kyhe Kjærgaard, logistics director, Bestseller.
“Not only because it strengthens our opportunities for future growth, but also because it was designed to excel in sustainable construction through, not least, the choice of mass timber in the construction. We wanted the building to demonstrate our desire for aesthetic design, and we are very proud of what we have succeeded in jointly with Henning Larsen.”
Due to be completed in 2026, the 155,000m2 logistics centre located in Lelystad, 60km east of Amsterdam, will be equipped with 23,000m2 of solar panels. The mass timber used in the building will be sourced from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved suppliers.
Larsen added: “We are very aware that constructing new buildings affects the environment, the climate and the local community. Therefore, a very thorough process has taken place before we can now present the plans for our new logistics centre. There have been many ambitions which had to be united in one building, but we believe that we have succeeded.”
The logistics centre, which will employ 600 highly skilled people, will be critical for expanding Bestseller’s supply chain and supporting its growth. It is designed to bring Bestseller closer to the biggest wholesale customers and largest retail markets in Europe. It will also host offices, warehouses and a roof terrace with restaurant and garden.
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