Ford’s War­ley farewell

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Nick Larkin­pe­ri­ence-ford/ his­tory-and-her­itage

Ford’s his­toric War­ley head­quar­ters is to be given over to hous­ing un­der new com­pany con­sol­i­da­tion plans – af­ter 55 years in res­i­dence.

Opened by Henry Ford II on 17 Fe­bru­ary 1964, War­ley was cho­sen three years ear­lier, when a de­ci­sion was made to move away from Da­gen­ham. There were two can­di­dates: Lon­don’s South Bank and War­ley Bar­racks. The lat­ter was even­tu­ally cho­sen be­cause of its ac­ces­si­bil­ity and park­ing spa­ces.

War­ley is cur­rently home to around 1600 em­ploy­ees, pri­mar­ily mar­ket­ing, sales and ser­vice staff and Ford Credit.

Ford spokesper­son, Char­lotte Ward, said: ‘ The plan is to re­lo­cate in late 2019 to the Ford Dun­ton En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre in Lain­don, Es­sex as part of a move to bring to­gether all of the com­pany’s main UK-based of­fice ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘No re­dun­dan­cies are planned.‘ East Coast Ret­ros co-founder, Michael Car­pen­ter, said: ‘As a club with a lot of clas­sic Fords in it, it pains us to see Ford leave War­ley af­ter 55 years.

‘We’re re­lieved that it’s stay­ing in Es­sex, though – Es­sex has an affin­ity with Ford like no other county in Eng­land.’

Ford is to move away from its War­ley HQ af­ter 55 years.

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