Volkswagen’s financial services sector will move into the 100,000 sq ft office development. Work has already begun with the buildings already starting to be taken down. The company has decided to build everything from scratch with a more technological type of building.
Planning permission for the site was originally gathered in October 2012. The building will contain four floors. There will be a staff car park, a green area, a restaurant and a coffee shop plus much more. A theatre style conference centre is set to be built too.
Barbaby Kelham, the Head of UK & European Investments said “We have owned this site for many years and are delighted to now welcome Volkswagen Financial Services to Delaware Drive. This important regional redevelopment scheme will provide high quality office space in what will become a significant landmark building in Milton Keynes. At completion this Grade A, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ office building will be a complementary addition to our existing UK portfolio and our long term investment strategy.”
Lisa Stacey, the Managing Director at Volkswagen UK said “Our move to the new purpose built site on Delaware Drive marks the commitment of Volkswagen Financial Services to Milton Keynes. The new building will allow VWFS to remain close to its sister company (Volkswagen Group) and provide enough space for the company to grow incrementally over the next 20 years.”
Volkswagen’s dispute with Greenpeace
In not so good news for Volkswagen, they are currently going through a dispute with Greenpeace. Europe’s largest car manufacturer are doing everything in their power to meet C02 emissions of 95g/km, if customers are willing to accept the company’s new powertrain technology.
Volkswagen has stated that they will do everything in their power to meet such regulations. Their aim to achieve the above C02 emissions goal by 2020. Greenpeace started a Star Wars campaign back in 2011 which went on the offensive again Volkswagen’s C02 targets in 2011.
Both parties hope to resolve the issue in continuing their dialogue with confrontation. The worldwide automotive industry is set to bring about stricter environmental laws on C02 with car pollution becoming a huge problem on major scales.