Written by Jon Whitmore
Spring is coming and so is the Autofarm move!
Autofarm (1973) Ltd has officially relocated to its new, purpose-built facility in Oxfordshire, moving all operations only a few miles from its current site to a brand new bespoke workshop, set in beautiful countryside surroundings.
The initial negotiations to move Autofarm commenced over 12 months ago and although, at times, we thought it may never happen, the directors have remained focused on making it a reality. The new premises provide the business with spacious workshops where all the technicians can come together under one roof. The building design has obviously concentrated on the functionality for the business but the look and feel of the internal space, with its traditional brick walls and red steel frame, we believed has managed to keep the historic Autofarm feel.
We truly hope that all our Customers will agree that this is the best move for Autofarm as a business, early impressions and feedback from our customers is really positive as they love the new space and were encouraged by the fact they can still interact with the technicians working on their own Porsche.
The new premises have been developed in characterful barn buildings in Oxfordshire amongst stunning woodlands and lakes. Interestingly, Autofarm already has history with this beautiful location as the previous owner was a good friend of the business and as Porsche enthusiast himself, a really good customer.
When we discovered that the new owner was also a Porsche enthusiast and after a few initial meetings, we were delighted to be entrusted with his vision and plans for the location. The new “Boxengasse” development would provide Autofarm with all the space needed to expand and with a site which provides premises dedicated exclusively to Porsche-focused companies a real opportunity work with like-minded businesses.
For the first time, all of Autofarm’s 17-strong team will be brought together under the same roof, allowing the servicing, diagnostic, rebuild and restoration departments to share their expertise in the new workshops.
Boxengasse is a destination with over 25,000sq/ft of bespoke built premises for services and hospitality, all set within 100 acres of outdoor event space amongst stunning woodlands and lakes; entirely dedicated to Porsche.
Steve Wood, Managing Director of Autofarm
“While it has been important for us, as the new generation of directors, to ensure stability and familiarity for our existing Autofarm customers, we feel the time is right to evolve the business, particularly as we look to develop the exciting work we are carrying out on modern Porsches as well as the classic air-cooled cars we are renowned for.
The new site has that familiar Autofarm feel, with red brick walls and exposed structures, but will offer a more inviting, inclusive environment for our customers and will allow all of our departments to work more efficiently together. We are excited to be able to invite our customers to come and see what the next era of Autofarm looks like.”
Autofarm will transition into the new premises over the coming months with a view to being fully operational at the new site this spring. Once the doors are officially opened, a series of launch events will take place to allow new and existing customers to tour the new workshops.”
Mikey Wastie, Managing Director of Autofarm, was keen to share how important customer input had been in making the decision to move.
“Our customers have an expectation of what it means to be part of the Autofarm ‘family’. We are a passionate team who love what we do, and our decades of unparalleled expertise and our reputation for high quality work means that we are trusted with some of the most rare and fascinating Porsches in the world.
But more than that, our customers know that we care about doing a great job for every individual who commissions us to work on their car. They know that coming to our quirky offices, where they know every member of our team by name, is part of what it means to be an Autofarm customer. We were sure that when the time came to move, we would have to find a premises that had the right character to ensure we could retain that uniquely personal Autofarm experience.
The new site at Boxengasse is the perfect place for the next chapter of Autofarm’s story. We have invested in the future of our team – giving them the space and the new technology that they need to create beautiful results for our clients and we now have room to grow and bring other elements of our organisation on site in the future.”
To find out more about the new Autofarm premises or to arrange a visit, contact the team on 01865 331234
Autofarm (1973 Ltd – New Premises
Unit 3, Boxengasse
Click the map to enlarge our new location.
Please note that since our decision to move, extensive rail-works have taken place and Langford Lane has been redeveloped. The original Langford Lane that appears on the majority of sat-naves has closed and a new Langford Lane has been created before entering the lovely village of Wendlebury.
Some older Sat-navs will attempt to point you towards Lower Arncott or Merton but this approach is a closed farmers track. Please make sure your sat-nav has you approaching the Autofarm and the new Boxengasse location from the village of Wendlebury, via the new Langford Lane.