Nabuurs developing urban distribution centre for brewer AB InBev at Business Park Amsterdam Osdorp

  27 October 2022  |    News

The logistics service company Nabuurs Logistics recently celebrated topping out at the urban distribution centre that it’s currently constructing at Business Park Amsterdam Osdorp. Following completion in May 2023, Nabuurs will use electric vehicles to distribute AB InBev products from the centre to hospitality businesses throughout Amsterdam and the province of North Holland. Business Park Amsterdam Osdorp is a development by SADC and the City of Amsterdam.

Electric transport for brewing company

The urban distribution centre is being built by Heembouw and will include 955m2 of office space as well as a warehouse of 8,500m2 and a mezzanine of 1,500m2. From here, Nabuurs will distribute AB InBev drinks to hospitality businesses throughout Amsterdam and the province of North Holland using electric transport. AB InBev is the world’s biggest brewery conglomerate, owning brands such as Budweiser, Corona, Beck’s, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Jupiler, Hertog Jan and Dommelsch.

Sustainable and green

There is a strong focus on sustainability in the centre’s design, taking into account principles from the ‘value added plan’ that developers are required to draw up for works at Business Park Amsterdam Osdorp. The DC is CO2 neutral and entirely ‘nature inclusive’, which means that the design aims to foster local biodiversity. The entire northern façade will be covered by native trees and shrubs, 20% of the plot’s surface areas will be unpaved or semi-paved, and solar panels will be installed on the roof. The centre will qualify for the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.

Strategic location

The DC’s location itself is also a sustainable choice: Business Park Amsterdam Osdorp’s urban development plan stands out in terms of sustainability and circularity. The park is located near the A9 and A5 motorways between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Amsterdam Nieuw-West. Thanks to this strategic, future-proof location, Nabuurs’ electric trucks will be able to reach the city centre in no time.

Ard Nabuurs, CEO and majority shareholder at Nabuurs: “By creating a smart plan for the supply chain, we add value and eliminate waste. This will lead to lower logistics cost per product unit, consistency in quality, and reduced emissions of fine particles and CO2. Our mission is zero-emission supply to hospitality businesses in city centres, and this is what is going to happen at Business Park Amsterdam Osdorp. We aim to achieve CO2-free operations across the entire logistics chain, from raw material to final product, by 2040.” Nabuurs has a long working relationship with AB InBev, and both companies are committed to sustainability. AB InBev aims for CO2-neutral production at its five biggest breweries in Europe by 2028.

Yasha Schadee, project manager at SADC: “Nabuurs and AB InBev both are the kind of company that we love to see at our business park. They share our ambitions for sustainability, as demonstrated by the design and their operations. Together, we’ve arrived at far-reaching measures, meaning soon there will be another building that we can be proud of.”

For the development, the letting to AB InBev and the sale to CBRE IM, Nabuurs Logistics has been advised by Industrial Real Estate Partners.