After nearly 30 years in the same building, DAF Trucks’ have opened a new £20m state-of-the-art headquarters and training facility. Located in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, the 50,000 sq ft building will house almost 200 people along with a world-class technical training school, a contemporary auditorium and an impressive entrance atrium designed to accommodate a DAF six wheel tractor unit.
The investment in the workplace was described by Robin Easton, Managing Director of DAF Trucks, as “a demonstration of the commitment to further strengthen DAF’s leading position in the UK market.” Award-winning office design company, Oktra and Maze Workplace completed the internal works and construction phases with Francis Hunter overseeing the project management of the development.
Internally, the space is a mix of private offices and open plan sit-stand work stations and houses a state-of-the-art four-bay workshop offering best-in-class training facilities for employees and DAF UK dealers.
The design philosophy takes its lead from DAF’s parentcompany PACCAR. David Bishop, senior designer at Oktra, said: “We worked alongside Maze Workplace to develop the design, covering various complex areas throughout the scheme. From a technical perspective this project required detailed co-ordination and diligence to realise the design brief.”
“DAF has been the UK market leader for 23 consecutive years”, said Robin Easton. “With this excellent facility, its dedicated staff and our tremendous truck manufacturing facility in Leyland, I am confident we will further expand this strong position in the United Kingdom.”