The Big Picture

PSA sells Grif­fin House and Vauxhall Her­itage site for de­vel­op­ment

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PC vis­its Grif­fin House, home of Vauxhall Her­itage… for now.

Vauxhall Mo­tors an­nounced to its staff in early July that it was en­ter­ing into a 45-day con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod with trade unions af­ter the de­ci­sion was made to va­cate its cur­rent head­quar­ters, Grif­fin House and the Vauxhall Her­itage Cen­tre in Lu­ton. Early in­di­ca­tions are that there will be no re­dun­dan­cies and that jobs will be moved to new sites within the Lu­ton Van fac­tory, Chal­ton House on Tod­ding­ton Road, with around 100 fur­ther roles go­ing to, new owner, PSA’S site in Coven­try.

PC un­der­stands that the de­ci­sion was made to move out of the Her­itage Cen­tre and the iconic head­quar­ters ear­lier this year and the an­nounce­ment made to staff in late June. Cur­rently the fu­ture of the Her­itage Col­lec­tion of ve­hi­cles and arte­facts, along with the team that look af­ter them, has not been re­vealed, how­ever com­mit­ments have been made by PSA, and in par­tic­u­lar Xavier Crispin gen­eral di­rec­tor of PSA’S her­itage arm, L‘aven­ture Peu­geot, to keep the col­lec­tion to­gether and house it in the Lu­ton area. A com­mit­ment that staff head­count will not be re­duced was also given.

Speak­ing to PC on a re­cent visit to the her­itage Cen­tre, Si­mon Huck­nall, Head of Product PR and Her­itage said: ‘Any­one who has been to France to see PSA’S three ma­jor col­lec­tions will know that they take her­itage se­ri­ously. I am in no doubt

that the Vauxhall col­lec­tion is safe and will be kept to­gether.’ When pressed on the prospect of re­dun­dan­cies and re­duc­ing the role of Vauxhall Her­itage as an ac­tive col­lec­tion, Mr Huck­nall was still pos­i­tive. ‘The col­lec­tions in France are ac­tive and reach out into the com­mu­nity. Vauxhall Her­itage has al­ways been dy­namic in the way that it sup­ports and pro­motes the par­ent brand. Al­most all of our cars are road­wor­thy and work for a liv­ing, they are avail­able for use pro­mot­ing the com­pany at home and abroad. So, be­ing ac­tive is a core part of our re­mit. There are no plans for re­dun­dan­cies.’ PC un­der­stands an an­nounce­ment on the new lo­ca­tion for the Her­itage col­lec­tion and its staff is ex­pected later in the year.

Be­fore Grif­fin House was re­vamped and re-clad in 1991 it was Vauxhall’s UK De­sign and En­gi­neer­ing Cen­tre, which orig­i­naly opened in 1964.

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