For the Port Authority, things have not moved quite as quickly, stemming largely from uncertainty about whether the Gothenburg Port Authority or another municipal-owned company should be assigned the task of developing the remaining 400,000 sq m in the area known as Halvorsäng.
“Pending resolution of this issue we have been able to prepare the land at Halvorsäng for construction although we have not been able to proceed beyond this point without pre-empting a decision from our owner, the City of Gothenburg,” said Magnus Nordfeldt, Project Leader at the Gothenburg Port Authority.
Gothenburg Port Authority given the go-ahead
In autumn 2018, the Port Authority ownership charter was clarified with regard to logistics undertakings. Building consent has been granted, which means that the Port Authority can proceed with its plans to develop the Halvorsäng area, with 34-metre high warehouses and rail connections possible
“We are currently in the process of building up an in-house organisation that can assume responsibility for this development and ensure the best possible outcome. A key aspect of this endeavour is to provide assurances that our tenants will have a link to the port and can contribute to increasing freight volumes. This is also set out in our ownership charter,” said Magnus Nordfeldt.
The Gothenburg Port Authority already owns and manages a property close to the port with DB Schenker as the tenant. Adjacent to this property is a site ready for construction, which is in addition to the land at Halvorsäng. Potentially, more than 300,000 sq m of storage space could be created on land managed by the Port Authority.
It is estimated that the first logistics properties at Halvorsäng will be completed during the latter half of 2020.