Temporary showroom for some of the world’s most luxurious cars
When HR Owen, the UK’s leading luxury automotive retail group, expanded their network with a new improved Bentley sales centre in Hertfordshire along with a new Lamborghini showroom, the company required two purpose built permanent buildings in which to display some of the world’s most prestigious cars.
However while the new permanent HR Owen Bentley and HR Owen Lamborghini facilities were being designed and constructed, the company turned to Neptunus for a fast and cost-effective short-term space solution – providing them with a flexible and stylish temporary showroom where customers could view both Bentleys and Lamborghinis side-by-side while the new-build programme was completed.
Flexolution II, Neptunus’ own state-of-the-art temporary building, offers commercial operators the perfect solution to meet their space requirements for multiple uses including temporary showrooms, retail spaces or office accommodation.
It took an eight-strong crew of Neptunus technicians just eight days to build HR Owen’s temporary facility in readiness for the internal fit-out. Spanning nearly 450 square metres and 4.25 metres in height, the high-specification showroom, that has the look and feel of a permanent building, includes large bespoke windows for maximum impact when viewing the cars; oversized doors to enable vehicle access and a stylish and comfortable interior for HR Owen’s discerning customers.
HR Owen approached Neptunus after seeing how the company had provided a high quality temporary showroom for a McLaren dealership just across the road from the HR Owen location. That temporary building was dismantled and returned to Neptunus’ warehouse in Northampton for maintenance and cleaning. It was then dispatched back to the HR Owen site for construction in its new configuration – demonstrating the immense flexibility of Neptunus’ recyclable temporary buildings technology.
Speed was essential as HR Owen needed a temporary structure of high quality that could be constructed in a tight time frame. It was also critical that the floor was sturdy and rigid to accommodate a ceramic tile floor covering – and able to cope with the weight and movement of cars being driven in and out of the showroom. Neptunus installed additional floor joists and support points beneath the floor to reduce movement and protect the tiles from the risk of breaking.
The showroom will be used for around 18 months, after which it will be dismantled and returned to Neptunus’ stock for other projects.
Lisa Wilsher, Property and Facilities Manager at HR Owen, said: “I am very happy with the service we received from Neptunus. Everyone was helpful, they were able to create just what we wanted adapting their usual floor support system to accommodate the cars, and completed the build in eight days. We are happy with the result!”