Release Date: 21 March 2007
Release ID: 703
Kuehne + Nagel has moved into its new German headquarters primely situated in
Hamburg’s HafenCity. The prestigious premises confirm the company’s commitment to Hamburg and underline the significance of the location for the globally operating logistics group. In the presence of Ole von Beust, the First
Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and Klaus-Michael Kuehne, Executive Chairman of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, the building was officially inaugurated today.
In 2003, Kuehne + Nagel was one of the first companies to decide to invest
in HafenCity and procured a 4,400 sqm plot of municipal land. The company’s overall investment in land and property amounts to approximately 32 million euros. The new office building, which boasts distinctive architecture, features 13,000 sqm of gross floor space. The top floors of the building’s eleven-storey tower house the executive offices and conference rooms and offer impressive views across the River Elbe, the port, and Hamburg’s city centre. The new national head office accommodates around 700 employees, formerly spread across the city: the national head office, the corporate IT department, and the Hamburg branch. Jan Störmer Partner, the architects, designed a building characterised by a modest generosity and a successful dialogue of contrasts. Nearly each workplace offers views across the Port of Hamburg – a port closely linked to the company’s success.
“I’m very pleased that we now again have a prestigious office building in
Hamburg, my home town. The team of architects has successfully conceived
a building formidable in design and of indisputably high functionality,” said
Klaus-Michael Kuehne at the opening ceremony. “Hamburg is one of the key
locations within our global network, which today comprises 830 locations in
more than 100 countries with over 46,000 employees.”
Ever since the foundation of the Hamburg branch in 1902, Kuehne + Nagel has remained firmly associated with the city. From its promising beginnings
in the shipment of sugar and the provision of freighting services on the River Elbe, Kuehne + Nagel today handles a considerable amount of its seafreight
business via the Port of Hamburg. In Altenwerder, adjacent to the container
terminal, the company operates a state-of-the-art logistics facility featuring 32,000 sqm of warehouse space. In total, the Kuehne + Nagel Group
currently employs 1,200 staff in this economic metropolis.
Hamburg’s First Mayor, Ole von Beust, said at the ceremony, “I am delighted
that Kuehne + Nagel has decided to locate its new German head office in
HafenCity. The move sees one of the globally leading logistics companies
further strengthening its ties with Hamburg. HafenCity is proving its worth as a location for major internationally operating companies.”
Kuehne + Nagel’s next major project in Hamburg is already being piloted: In
view of the strongly growing contract logistics and overland business, the
construction of a large warehouse and logistics facility for national and
European groupage traffic is planned.
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