L’Isle d'Abeau: A Winning Bet on Market Growth, Sustainable Development and Innovation

In early October 2016, Prologis announced it would bring a new building to the market in its L’isle d’Abeau Park outside Lyon. One month later, before its anticipated completion date in January 2017, Building 21 had a lessee: SPI Logistic, the logistics subsidiary of the SPI group, a leading company in packaging and copacking services. The success of this project highlights how understanding the needs of the market, using best environmental practices and bringing innovation to bear on facilities management leads to successful development and ongoing customer satisfaction.

In October 2016, Prologis announced it would build a new facility in its L’isle d’Abeau Park outside Lyon. This would be Prologis’ second speculative development in France. The first, in LeHavre, was completed in 2009. Prologis believed the time and location were right because customers were encouraged by recovery in Lyon; the leasing market was rebounding from the financial crisis, and there was a shortage of land and property in the region. Prologis was the only company capable of offering such a large building (30,000 square meters) in the Lyon market.

Like all Prologis buildings, the project was informed by intelligent and innovative design. The building has five units with an exceptional clearance height of 12 meters (compared to the usual 10 meters) to allow storage for an additional layer of palettes. It was also designed and built with sustainability in mind so that it could contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions associated with logistics activity and comply with the wide scope of ICPE (Classified Installations for the Protection of the Environment). The building, which featured LED lighting, received a BREEAM “Very Good” accreditation.

The facility also incorporated new digital technology that enables more efficient operations and management. We provided SPI Logistic with its first connected warehouse, thanks to our proprietary EEGLE application. This state-of-the-art facility is an innovation in terms of management, reduced energy use and maintenance. This first intelligent facility in the logistics sector started with modelling the project with Building Information Modelling (BIM), dynamic energy simulation of the building and its operations, and installation of an adapted automation system. The EEGLE application is also used for live and predictive monitoring of building maintenance—notably with an alert system in real time.

This formula made the facility a compelling choice for the tenant. "The outstanding features of this building and its ideal location facing the A43 [motorway] are essential qualities for us in the development of our activities, enabling us to provide our customers with higher added value for the industrialization of their logistics,” said Emmanuel Bonnet, general manager of SPI Logistic, at the inauguration of Building 21 on 12 January 2017.

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