Volvo completes refurbishment of London dealership

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The redeveloped Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London South. VOLVO

Commercial vehicle operators can look forward to service at Volvo’s refreshed South London Truck & Bus Centre

Volvo has completed the makeover of its London Truck & Bus Centre South & East in Croydon after a comprehensive £2 million refurbishment, overhauling the site’s layout to maximise operational efficiency and sustainability. Rebranded Volvo Truck & Bus Centre London South, the redeveloped facility features a flowing open-plan design to help Volvo’s technicians and office-based team streamline their workflows and better connect with customers, while £500,000 has been invested in new sustainable technologies and increased energy efficiency.

As a result, Volvo says the depot is expected to go from emitting 232 tonnes of CO2 on-site annually to becoming a net-zero dealership thanks to the inclusion of energy-saving features such as solar panels, smart LED lighting and air source heat pumps, which replace older gas boilers. It is also the first dealership in Volvo’s network to be certified as a zero waste to landfill operation.

Managing Director of Volvo Bus UK & Ireland Domenico Bondi said: “This dealership has played a pivotal role within our network for more than 40 years and what has been achieved with the refurbishment programme is a credit to the teams managing this project from concept to completion. At the same time as we are placing a huge focus on delivering our most sustainable and efficient range of buses and coaches ever; it demonstrates how we are also working to reduce the environmental impact of our aftersales services and operations.”

Volvo Truck & Bus South & East Operations Director Stuart Potter added: “The investment ensures we have an ultra-modern dealership in a prime location close to central London, from which we can offer customers an enhanced level of service, support future generations of product, and continue to attract the best talent wanting to join our team.”

Other enhancements include the creation of additional on-site parking following a significant landscaping effort, plus a much brighter workshop thanks to new doors and skylights which maximise the use of natural daylight, along with new cladding for improved thermal efficiency, and on-site electric vehicle charging points.

Originally opened in 1980, the Croydon-based depot is located 10 miles from central London and is home to a team of almost 70 staff, including over 30 technicians. It is equipped with six vehicle bays offering 12 workspaces, along with a dedicated Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) lane.