Aston Martin Works Service expansion plan to begin this month

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 12, 2011

The Aston Martin Works Service, one of the company’s longtime essential divisions, announces the beginning of an exciting development plan for the internationally renowned division and its well-known Newport Pagnell premises.

The first six-month period of the two-year overall plan at Aston Martin Works Service has kicked off to start overhauling their Newport Pagnell contemporary car servicing facility, and begin constructing a new Aston Martin dealership.

Kingsley Riding-Felce, Director of Aston Martin Works Service affirms that their division has established a primary role in Aston Martin service, repair and restoration at Newport Pagnell. They are definitely thrilled to have the resources to invest in building modernisation so that these appropriately match their high level of knowledge and skill. Riding-Felce adds that their integrated plan also encompasses important additions to the team and its capacity to fulfil present and future customer demands.

Additionally, Riding-Felce announced the construction plan for a new Aston Martin dealership at Works Service, thus establishing a true Aston Martin ‘Centre of Excellence’ where their fields of interest can come together.

The precursor of the Aston Martin Works Service was the ‘Service Department’ founded in 1924. Actually, it was only 11 years after the company’s founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford first conceptualised producing their own cars that the Works Service division was formally created. At present, the Works Service is made up of a highly skilled, factory-trained team with nearly 60 years of Aston Martin experience providing internationally acclaimed service, repair and restoration capabilities for up to 2,500 Aston Martins and Lagondas from 30 countries yearly.

A main component of this strategic undertaking will be the integration of the relatively new Works Tailored department. Aston Martin Headquarters designers and engineers at Gaydon will support and facilitate this formalisation process, which will build upon their accumulated expertise and extensive heritage of personalisation for Aston Martin customers. Works Tailored is dedicated to finding means and ways for customers to realise their own concepts through meticulous engineering, from applying custom colour schemes, special materials and unique finishes to adding the newest technologies.

Another key component of the Works Service Newport Pagnell site redevelopment plan is the construction of a new operational Aston Martin Dealership. This will be a way for Works Service to do business selling new, used and heritage Aston Martins, thereby further solidifying the company’s entrenched UK network, which currently has 20 sites.

Aston Martin’s relationship with Newport Pagnell town began in the 1950s. The site at Tickford Street was where renowned coachbuilders Salmon & Sons held base. Aston Martin owner David Brown bought the site, deeming it the ideal base for Aston Martin and Lagonda, due in part to the highly skilled workforce already present there. It became Aston Martin’s main production base until 2007 – a period of more than five decades. However, Works Service remained in Newport Pagnell, maintaining their close connection. This new development plan highlights the long-term commitment of the company to doing business in this specific area.

Press Release

ASTON MARTIN WORKS SERVICE BEGINS EXCITING EXPANSION AND DEVELOPMENT

Aston Martin Works Service, an integral and long established division of the British marque, announces the beginning of its first stage in an exciting plan to develop the world renowned business and its historic Newport Pagnell premises.

An initial six month stage of what will be a two year development plan at Aston Martin Works Service is underway with the modernisation of the contemporary car servicing facility at Newport Pagnell and the building of a brand new Aston Martin dealership.

Kingsley Riding-Felce, Director of Aston Martin Works Service said, “After many years we have established ourselves as a leader in Aston Martin service, repair and restoration here at Newport Pagnell. The ability now to invest in our buildings and bring them to the same high standard of our knowledge and skill is very exciting indeed. This integrated plan also sees some key additions to both the team and indeed its capabilities to cater for the customer demands of the present and future.

“In addition to this, an Aston Martin dealership will be constructed at Works Service completing our fields of expertise to create a true Aston Martin ‘Centre of Excellence’.”

Formalised just 11 years after the company’s founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford first thought of their own cars, the roots of Aston Martin Works Service go back to those of the ‘Service Department’ of 1924. Comprising a highly skilled and factory-trained team, Works Service is proud to have over 530 years of Aston Martin experience within its ranks and a worldwide reputation for the quality of its service, repair and restoration of up to 2,500 Aston Martins and Lagondas from over 30 countries each year.

A central part of this strategic plan will be incorporating the recently formed Works Tailored department which, with close support from designers and engineers at Aston Martin Headquarters at Gaydon, formalises and expands upon decades of creating the ultimate level of personalisation for Aston Martin customers. From creating unique colours, materials and finishes through to integrating the latest additional technology, Works Tailored provides customers and their Aston Martins of any age with a route to take an idea through to a crafted and thoroughly engineered reality.

A further part of the company’s plan for the Newport Pagnell site is the major addition to Works Service of a fully operational Aston Martin Dealership allowing Works Service to sell new, used and heritage Aston Martins. Aston Martin Newport Pagnell will further strengthen the company’s well established network of 20 sites in the UK.

Aston Martin’s connection with the town of Newport Pagnell dates back to the 1950s. As the base of well known coachbuilders, Salmon & Sons, the Tickford Street site was purchased by Aston Martin owner, David Brown, as the perfect place from which to base both Aston Martin and Lagonda in an area that already boasted a highly skilled workforce. Home to Aston Martin production for over 50 years up until 2007, Newport Pagnell maintains very close ties with the company by remaining the home of Works Service. This latest development plan underlines the company’s commitment to this business and to the local area for many years to come.

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