The new sustainable building that houses the Audi showroom in Hull has been opened by JCT600, featuring one of the most advanced building management control systems in the motor industry.
The opening is the culmination of a 12 month project and marks the completion of JCT600’s investment in the redevelopment of its Hull Audi dealership, and the expanded dealership has already created 15 new jobs.
The project began in November 2012 with the acquisition of a 3.4 acre site on Saxon Way, Priory Park, opposite JCT600’s existing Audi dealership. Buildings on the new site, formerly part of KCom, were demolished and Hull-based PDR Construction started work on the new energy efficient Audi dealership. The state-of-the-art building management control system enables the energy usage of the building to be controlled and closely monitored – it even has a weather station on the roof to automatically control the window blinds.
The showroom roof is also almost entirely covered in solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and able to generate its own electricity and sell any surplus back to the national grid. Energy and water consumption is closely monitored and daily reports are provided to check on overuse or wastage.
The new expanded facilities include a 12 car showroom incorporating the latest Audi technology such as its high tech vehicle configuration equipment enabling customers to build a virtual car and view it in 3D on an 80” screen in a private room. There is a large customer lounge and a children’s play area downstairs as well as a second lounge on the first floor, featuring individual office work stations with printing and scanning facilities, as part of a dedicated after sales area.
Mark Taylor, Group Property Director at JCT600, said: “The building’s eco-friendly ‘green’ credentials are also proving a talking point -from a high tech wireless building management system, to our largest ever solar panel investment covering the whole showroom roof. The sustainable design also features almost all LED lights, including external lighting – the first time that we have been able to do this. We are proud to have made the building as energy-efficient as possible.”
The new Hull Audi also has display space for 70 used vehicles; a 16 bay workshop with MOT facilities; and new five bay valeting facilities.