Industrial Market Hamburg 4Q2019: Annual take-up falls to level last seen in 2008 and 2009

In 2019 take-up of industrial, warehouse and logistics space in Hamburg and its environs started to revive a little and posted gradual growth. With take-up of 109,000 m² of space, the 4th quarter was the busiest in the past year. Despite this, for the first time since 2009 take-up of space dipped below 400,000 m² to 355,000 m². Compared with 2018 the market slumped by 24 %. “All three agreements for over 10,000 square metres were concluded in the fourth quarter. For the first time in many years, this size category did not comprise the biggest share of take-up,” reports Felix Krumreich, consultant for industrial, warehouse and logistics properties at Grossmann & Berger, a member of German Property Partners (GPP). “We expect this year’s market to resemble the one in 2019.”

Market details:  

  • The 5,001 to 10,000 m² segment of the market made up 35 % of the total, ahead of the 3,001 to 5,000 m² size category with a share of 25 %. Leases for premises larger than 10,001 m² accounted for 15 % and thus only the fourth-highest share of total take-up (2018: 38 %).
  • In 2018 nine agreements in this sector were signed, in 2019 only three. ULD United Logistics & Distribution concluded the largest rental agreement of 2019, taking 30,000 m² of space on Dradenaustrasse, Waltershof. Construction work started on the new head office for WISKA Hoppmann, a shipbuilding & industrial supplier and owner-occupier of the new build on Grashofstrasse in Kaltenkirchen. This was the biggest owner-occupier transaction of the year, the 1st building phase will deliver some 8,800 m² of logistics and manufacturing space.
  • In 2019, 42 % of space taken up was let for more than €5.51/m²/month (2018: 34 %). Thus both premium and average rents rose, reaching €6.30/m²/month and €5.10/m²/month.
  • The focus on properties within Hamburg city limits grew even stronger, rising from 61 % of total take-up at the end of 2018 to 73 % in 2019. Accordingly, the three most popular sub-markets were in Hamburg: Hamburg South accounted for 34 %, Hamburg East for 14 % and Hamburg North East for 12 %. Nine of the 20 agreements for more than 5,001 m² related to properties in Hamburg South.
  • The logistics/communications/forwarding sector returned a very similar result, changing year on year from 55 % to 57 % of the total.


Industrial, warehouse, logistics | Hamburg | 2019 

Q1 -4 

Space take-up [m²] 


against prior yr [%]


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] 


against prior yr [%]


Most popular sub-market 

Hamburg South

Most popular sub-market [%]


Industry with highest turnover 




Industry with highest turnover [%]



Selected top transactions | industrial, warehouse and logistics properties | Hamburg | Q1-4/2019  





Floor area 

[ca. m²]


Dradenaustrasse 20 

Logistics facility 

ULD United Logistics & Distribution 


Bad Oldesloe 


New logistics building 

E-commerce logistics firm 




New logistics building 

E-commerce logistics firm 



Vollhöfner Weiden 17

Logistics estate (high-bay warehouse)

Nutwork Handelsgesellschaft


Bad Oldesloe

Rögen 19-27

Logistics facility

Hertling Hamburg


Bold print indicates new transactions or those occurring in the quarter in this report.


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