The Ford Dagenham Commercial Vehicle Centre is a two-acre site in Orion Park which is part of Ford’s manufacturer dealership group. It employs around 125 employees from the Dagenham area, cost £2.5 million to construct and is the first purpose-built centre of its kind in Britain. It boasts fourteen workshop bays and a showroom, along with sales and admin offices.
The new centre has been designed to minimise its carbon footprint. It has a number of energy efficiency features built in, including solar-reflecting glass to keep the showroom cool and under-floor heating. The centre also recycles waste oil to heat the workshop.
The building was opened by local dignitaries and has also hosted a visit by TV personality Guy Martin. Motorbike racer and Ford Transit fan, Mr Martin, had a tour of the new centre then met with the apprentices working at the site to discuss careers working as a mechanic.