Industrial and logistics property market Hamburg 1Q2021: Stable quarterly result to start the year

Take-up of industrial and logistics space in Hamburg and its environs totalled 135,000 m² in the 1st quarter of 2021 - the third time in succession that the quarterly result has consistently remained at pre-Covid levels. In fact, the result was 13 % higher than the 1st quarter of 2020. This emerges from figures compiled by Grossmann & Berger, a member of German Property Partners (GPP). “On the one hand, talks that had already started some time ago finally led to agreements in the first quarter of 2021. On the other hand, just three contracts for large amounts of space accounted for a third of total take-up,” says Felix Krumreich, consultant for industrial and logistics properties at Grossmann & Berger, commenting on the good start to the year. However, because it is hard to predict what the pandemic might still have in store, many companies are biding their time. Conversely, firms in the e-commerce, pharmaceutical and food sectors require more space to deal with the extra business generated by the pandemic. “Demand definitely exists. Moreover, several owner-occupiers intend to start their building work in 2021. And on the supply side of the market, new-build logistics space is currently available to rent. Therefore we expect the year to close with take-up totalling 450,000 square metres,” says Krumreich, looking ahead.


Details industrial and logistics property market Hamburg:  

  • Properties in the 5,001 to 10,000 m² size category accounted for 28 % of the strong take-up figures (Q1/2020: 14 %).

  • Having comprised 28 % of the market in the same quarter a year earlier, owner-occupiers played a minor role in the 1st quarter of 2021 with a share of 10 % of take-up. However, the two agreements for the greatest amount of space were built-to-suit properties developed for Boeing and Heinrich Dehn. They are comparable to owner-occupier projects, because the construction is tailored to the needs of the future corporate tenant.

  • Both the premium rent and average rent remained unchanged from the prior quarter, but rose slightly year on year by 1.6 % and 2.0 % respectively.

  • A comparison of tenants by sector of industry shows that by the end of March 2021 logistics firms and forwarders had increased their share of the market from 49 % to 56 %. Apart from the largest agreement signed, tenants active in this sector accounted for the other five contracts for more than 7,000 m² of space. Trading/retail firms doubled their share of the total volume of take-up of space to 18 %.

  • The focus of take-up shifted away from Hamburg South sub-market (previously 57 %) to Hamburg East with a share of 56 %. Seven of the ten biggest agreements were signed for space in Hamburg East. The North West Environs were the next-biggest hotspot on the market, accounting for 22 % of take-up. Within the space of one year the market share in the environs climbed from 22 % to 36 %.

Industrial, logistics | Hamburg, environs | 2021 


Space take-up [m²] 


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Ratio of owner-occupiers [%] 


against prior yr [percentage points] 


Premium rent [€/m²/month net of services] 


against prior yr [%]


Average rent [€/m²/month net of services] 


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Most popular sub-market 

Hamburg East

Most popular sub-market [%]


Industry with highest turnover 

Logistics/ forwarding

Industry with highest turnover [%] 



Selected top transactions | industrial, logistics | Hamburg, environs | 1st quarter of 2021




Tenant/owner-occupier (oo)

Floor area

[ca. m²]


Rudolf-Diesel-Strasse 11-13

Distribution centre

Boeing Distribution Services



Bredowstrasse 6

New build

Heinrich Dehn Internationale Spedition



Bredowstrasse 20

Existing building

Teamwork Instore Services



Otto-Lilienthal-Strasse 1

Existing building

DSV Solutions



Pinkertweg 20

Existing building




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