Vospers Marsh Mills Seat showroom exterior

Marsh Mills, Plymouth

Contract value: tbc

Completed: 2015

With a turnover approaching £250 million, the Vospers Group are amongst the top 50 motor dealers in Great Britain. The company operate from 24 sites throughout Devon and Cornwall, offering vehicle sales and aftercare on 11 different brands.

In 2014 Vospers were newly appointed as the dealership and servicing agent for the Seat franchise. They were also implementing an internal re-organisation at their Plymouth Marsh Mills facility that included the relocation of the existing Mazda showroom. McCaren Architecture were commissioned to transform and extend an existing service workshop to provide two new showroom areas, for Seat and Mazda respectively.

Contrasting elevational treatments were used to define the extent of each showroom externally, and to mark the connection between the new showrooms and the existing building.

The project brief also included the reorganisation of car parking and car display layouts, as well as obtaining local authority consents for branded signage.

Extensive glazed facades were used to provide shopfront display and maximise daylight within the showrooms. Working closely with the manufacturers, a contemporary interior fit-out of the new showrooms was installed in accordance with Seat and Mazda’s corporate design specifications.

The commercial timetable of bi-annual registration plate releases shaped a challenging design and construction programme, which was met through a collaborative design team approach.