The results of the tender for the developer to build one of the largest transportation and logistics centers in Russia, Yuzhnouralsky, were summed up. The tender was held by the international consulting company and an exclusive broker of the project, Knight Frank.
Four developers of the federal significance took part in the tender. The main selection criteria were: experience in large-scale storage projects, reliability and transparency of the company, guarantee of contract specifications fulfillment and cost of services. According to the results of the tender, company RosEuroDevelopment was selected. The company was founded by a consortium of RosEuroGroup and actively operates in the office and retail real estate markets, while specializing on turnkey construction of large logistics parks. Viacheslav Kholopov, Director of Industrial, Knight Frank Russia and CIS, says: “RosEuroDevelopment is one of the most experienced and successful real estate companies in the Russian market. Considering short terms of realization of the project, we have entrusted this task to this company.”
Preliminary work at the construction site of TLC Yuzhnouralsky (literally: South Urals) will begin in November, 2012 and construction works will start in March, 2013. The delivery of the first phase of the storage premises (about 100,000 sq m) is planned for April, 2014 and the delivery of the container yard (about 100,000 sq m) is planned for October, 2013.
TLC Yuzhnouralsky is going to become one of the largest transport and logistics complexes in Russia. The project is located on a site of 180 hectares and involves the construction of a container terminal of almost 200,000 sq m, Class A warehouse premises of 350,000 sq m, and a point of custom clearance and bonded warehouses of 21,000 sq m in total. There are another 64 hectares intended for build-to-suit industrial construction. This is quite unique for Russia, where there are very little examples of such build-to-suit projects. Another unique feature of the project is that after its putting to operation, the trading route of Chinese goods into Russia and European countries will get more than twice as short.
Jens Eichhorst, G. M. HPM Log (partner of TLC), focused on the federal significance of the project: “In the coming years, Chelyabinsk Region could become the main artery to transfer the goods from China to Russia, all the way from Volga to Western Siberia, and to a number of European countries. The construction of the largest multimodal logistics center will give impetus to the development of other spheres of activity and will attract new projects, for sure.”
Nikolay Artemenko, G. M. RosEuroDevelopment, says: “We are pleased to participate in such a large and important project for the country. Speaking on behalf of the developer of one of the largest transport and logistics facilities in Russia, I can say that we objectively assess the significance of Yuzhnouralsky for the development of Russian-Asian economic relations and will ensure the quality and timely implementation of all phases of the project.”