Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Kenniscentrum Techniek

TRENDS IN DISTRIBUTION CENTRES AND THEIR LOCATIONS: SPRAWL AND POLARIZATION

Rapport

To facilitate the logistics sector and to develop sustainable spatial policies – that for example reduce congestion - it is important that spatial planners have insights in logistics location patterns.

This paper analyses some trends in the spatial patterns of DC settlements within the Netherlands, based on real estate data. We find that the shares of logistics real estate of the provinces Limburg and Noord-Brabant marginally increased in the period 2004 – 2014, while the shares of all four Randstad provinces marginally decreased. This indicates that, although absolute growth has been high in the periphery (especially along the line Rotterdam – Noord-Brabant – Venlo), on a national level no significant sprawl of logistics real estate from the Randstad towards peripheral regions can be observed. On the regional level, polarization in the periphery is visible within regions that have been forming new logistics clusters. This study has not investigated possible explanations for the spatial patterns of logistics real estate within the Netherlands. We hope to follow up the present study with an explanatory analysis.

Gepubliceerd door  Urban Technology 2 december 2016