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The supercar showroom that was built in just five days!

3 years ago

CAMBRIA Automobiles has opened a temporary McLaren showroom in Hatfield, Hertfordshire – which was built in less than a week!

The facility will be in place for up to 14 months while a new permanent dealership is constructed.

A six-strong team of technicians from Neptunus, a company specialising in temporary buildings, worked on the project for just five days – and the result is an ultra-modern space befitting of the models on show.

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Once the basic structure was in place, the interior was fitted out to meet the exacting standards required by McLaren and Cambria.

The temporary showroom, with large bespoke windows to give maximum impact when viewing the cars, incorporates a customer lounge area and reception, sales offices and welfare facilities.

It has also been fitted with oversized doors to enable the McLaren cars to be comfortably driven inside. It will be dismantled once the permanent building is opened with most of the components fully recyclable.

April Trasler, managing director of Neptunus, said: ‘We have been able to offer Cambria a very high-quality solution which is unique to Neptunus.

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‘Our temporary structures have no fabric parts and incorporate a rigid roof and walls, providing insulation for climate control and noise. Importantly, our structures have many of the characteristics of permanent buildings including weight-bearing roofs capable of withstanding heavy snowfall – and they are built fast and efficiently.’

Jason Button, group property director for Cambria, had been sceptical that a showroom could be built in just five days. He said: ‘We were working to a very strict programme to get the showroom open.

‘We only had three weeks from the start of the installation to being open and trading. It was incredible to see how quickly and efficiently the showroom went up. We were told it would take five days to build. I wasn’t totally convinced they could do it in that time, but they did!’

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Dave Brown

Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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