BMW car plant office is going, going, gone

thisisoxfordshire: DEMOLITION JOB: One of the large office blocks alongside the Eastern bypass at the BMW car plant in Cowley is pulled down Buy this photo DEMOLITION JOB: One of the large office blocks alongside the Eastern bypass at the BMW car plant in Cowley is pulled down

EAGLE-eyed commuters travelling along Oxford’s ring road might have noticed a difference to the skyline.

That’s because changes have been afoot at the Cowley car plant, with the demolition of one of the site’s landmark buildings.

Car company BMW has demolished a former office block to make way for a new on-site car park.

Horsparth resident Colin Mutton saw the changing skyline from the demolition and said the office block had been on the site since the 1930s.

He said: “It is a large office block on the ring road and it is quite a landmark.

“When I saw it they had this large machine picking away at it.”

BMW has said the building has been empty for a number of years and is now “showing signs of distress”.

Company spokeswoman Rebecca Baxter said: “More than 140 new car parking spaces will be created by removing the disused building.

“An experienced demolition contractor has been selected in order to minimise noise and dust as much as possible.”

She said water was used to keep dust down. Vehicle movements to and from the sites were scheduled to avoid peak traffic times in the area.

The demolition work is due to be completed by the end of plant’s Easter shutdown, which started on April 21 and ends on May 6.

BMW expects the new parking places to be ready for June.

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The company says there is no intention to add to the current clerical and logistics teams which work in the other office buildings facing the ring road.

In a statement the company has said: “The site has received a massive investment in technology which has developed new processes in manufacturing the MINI product.

“Although, only a relative small scheme on site, it adds value to BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd associates and further demonstrates the continued long-term viability of the plant.”

Cars have been produced at the Cowley plant since 1913.

During the 1930s, the plant also produced the de Havilland Tiger Moth plane as part of Britain’s war effort.

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3:19pm Fri 2 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Not so much as a whisper from the usual Oxford "Activists" about this...

Can you just imagine the froth, rage and howls of anguish from them if the University demolished a building for 140 new parking spaces?
Not so much as a whisper from the usual Oxford "Activists" about this... Can you just imagine the froth, rage and howls of anguish from them if the University demolished a building for 140 new parking spaces? Andrew:Oxford
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5:23pm Fri 2 May 14

BigAlBiker says...

The University and car parking are never seen in the same sentence, they despise car drivers so much they actively discourage it, build on the parking places and make you pay for the privilege to park and work for them, but make little or no provision for motorbikes at all.
The University and car parking are never seen in the same sentence, they despise car drivers so much they actively discourage it, build on the parking places and make you pay for the privilege to park and work for them, but make little or no provision for motorbikes at all. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 5

8:13pm Sat 3 May 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Stop whingeing.
Stop whingeing. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: 2

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