Haddenham Business Park, Buckinghamshire

50,000 sqft / £5.7M

DAF Trucks is a technology company and the premier commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe. DAF is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PACCAR Inc, the worldwide quality leader in the design and manufacture of premium light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines and provides financial services and information technology and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

After nearly 30 years in the same building, DAF Trucks decided to build a £20m state-of-the-art headquarters and academy. The new HQ houses 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 design philosophy takes its lead from DAF’s parent company PACCAR and iInternally, the space is a mix of private offices and open plan sit-stand work stations.

Francis Hunter were appointed as lead consultant (including project manager, cost consultant and contract administrator) throughout all phases of the development including: land acquisition, planning, design, main construction and internal fitout.

Matt Harris said: “Utilising all of our areas of expertise meant that we were able to sequence the different stages of the project to ensure it was completed in two years instead of the more typical three year development cycle. I’m enormously proud of everything we have achieved with DAF Trucks – it has been a true partnership and we hope they’re as happy with the end result as we are.”