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Report - Ford UK Headquarters, Warley (Essex) - March 2020


Seffy

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(BEFORE LOCKDOWN) (JUST)

Ford UK Head Office, Warley

@Ojay / @mockney reject / @Seffy

The UK head office of Ford Motor Group was built in the early 1960s and was intended to be a sort of replica of the head office in Dearborn, Michigan. It sits on the site of the old Warley regimental depot and barracks, with only the officers' mess and gym remaining to this day. Employees would then move in in 1964, many of them relocating from the former UK office on Ford's Dagenham estate. The Warley site would be the base of all the top dogs in the Ford UK operation, including Chairman Andy Barratt.

Over 50 years later in 2018, Ford announced that it would be closing its site in Warley and moving the operation to Duntan Technical Centre and the Dagenham Diesel Centre by the end of September 2019. The idea behind the change was to bring all of its UK office-based activities together.

On 12 August 2019, after 55 years in its US-styled offices at Warley, the Ford of Britain press office starts a new era at the company’s Dunton Technical Centre near Basildon. The team will be co-located alongside Ford of Britain Marketing, Sales and Service colleagues in the centres V-Building. Press officers and support will be together with all external communicators including marketers, customer advisers, fleet sales and service teams.

The offices at Warley have been bought for £40m by Fairview New Homes and will be flattened to make way for some 400 new houses.

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After being out all day on the Saturday in London, @Ojay and myself found ourselves wandering the streets of Marylebone trying to find somewhere that still sold CANS. No such joy was found, so we headed back to Olkka and Clebby's first class abode, booze free, to hit the hay. @mockney reject had vaguely mentioned something about this place in the pub the previous day, but I knew little about it truth be told. He usually delivers the goods though, so after a large egg-filled spoons breakfast, we drove to Essex. Ojay had soon hijacked the aux cable and was blasting out the finest mixes of DnB to get our day going properly.

Cue nosey af dog walkers, mountain bikes and inconveniently placed neighbours alongside a woof woof unit out the front; just what the doctor ordered!







Starting at the top and working our way down - the Penthouse (supposedly used by the Ford family when they were in the UK)






















Lower down - mostly office space:









Cinema/theatre:









Canteen:



Basement:















 

Seffy

Bally up!
Regular User
you missed the epic canteen and the oldskool files inc. all the RS Mexico related bits in that cabinet and the map.. don't make me write a report lol, I haven't got time :p
I only got phone pics from the old reports - will chuck one in now though. My canteen shots were all overexposed in a horrible way! :p
 

TVurbex

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Ace! Love the penthouse and TV studio, and the fact that they're intact :thumb
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
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Nice & clean. I heard about this one just before lockdown, was on my list. Good job guys. I may or may not cross the bridge now. Lots of interesting bits there. There is something special about lower levels and roofs, we all do it, every nook & cranky
 

capricorn1

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Nice pictures and report

last I heard the building was going to be converted into apartments. Where did you see it was going to be pulled down?
 

capricorn1

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”The land with be used to build 150 homes while the former Ford central office building will be sub-sold to Land Charter Homes and turned into 266 flats.”

So hopefully the main building will be save. That said, in our final days there we said several times, would you really want to live in a house with the garden overlooked by flats 6 storey's up. I guess it depends where you’re coming from?
 

Thepope

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Don’t recommend attempting this now, security is on job now, didn’t even get anywhere near inside and had 20-25 officers turn up and handcuff us to take us off site
 

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