Top 20 Motor Retail Group, Ridgeway, has chosen Milton Gate as the location for its South Oxford flagship Volkswagen showroom and dealership. Acquiring 2.05 acres from MEPC, this highly regarded automotive retail group will build a 14 car showroom with a 16 bay workshop offering state-of-the-art servicing facilities.
John O’Hanlon, Chief Executive, Ridgeway, explains: “We understand the customer’s high expectations for our dealerships. From the moment a customer walks into a Ridgeway showroom they become part of the Ridgeway family. As part of our vision to be regarded as the best automotive retail group in the UK, we need the best possible facilities in the best possible locations.
Milton Gate is perfect for our requirements, both in terms of the immediate neighbourhood and the obvious connections to further afield. The Milton Park Local Development Order which simplified getting planning was the icing on the cake. Having the second largest business and science park in Europe next door to our newest dealership will certainly help our plans to further increase penetration of the Volkswagen brand in Oxfordshire.
Just off the A34 at the Milton Interchange, and at the gateway to Milton Park, the Milton Gate site is in a highly visible location. Philip Campbell, Head of Leasing and Development at Milton Park, explains: “Our original ambition for Milton Gate was to attract further office and laboratory users but the reality is that those companies want to be in the heart of the Milton Park business community where there is plenty of room for growth. When we put in place the Milton Park Local Development Order last year the council agreed to extend the range of uses permitted on the site to include a hotel and car showrooms which are ideally suited to this high profile location. We are delighted to welcome Ridgeway Volkswagen as the first Milton Gate occupier and look forward to announcing others in the very near future.”
Ridgeway Milton Gate Picture 1: (left to right):
John O’Hanlon (Ridgeway Chief Executive)
David Newman (Ridgeway Chairman)
Philip Campbell (Head of Leasing and Development at Milton Park)
About Milton Park
Milton Park is home to 6,800 people and over 200 organisations. As one of Europe’s largest business parks, Milton Park accommodates all types of business, from manufacturing and medical services to mobile technology, and is home to Oxfordshire’s largest Life Sciences cluster. By having such a large and eclectic variety of companies and individuals, creates an environment that is inclusive, as well as exclusive. When you decide to join Milton Park, you are not just choosing one of the largest business communities in the UK, you are embracing a lifestyle that can truly enhance your work life balance. We work better when we’re happy and we’re happiest when we feel we belong. At Milton Park you are sure to grow, succeed, belong. MEPC is the owner, manager and developer of Milton Park and for further information, please visit www.miltonpark.co.uk
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Ridgeway’s story has been one of continual growth and expansion and is now ranked as a Top 20 largest Motor Retail Group in the UK and listed as 36th on the latest Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table (2013) of Britain’s leading mid-market private companies. Winner of the Motor Trader “Dealer Group of the Year” 2012.
Ridgeway are a leading new and used passenger car dealer for Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Range Rover, Jaguar, MINI, SKODA and smart and also provide new and used vans and trucks from Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Fuso Canter. We also operate six Ridgeway Select prestige multi-brand used car centres and two Paint & Body Repair Centres.
For more information, please contact Philip J. Deacon, Group Marketing Manager at Ridgeway on 07825 570080, or email email@example.com