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Toyota GB in Burgh Heath – our Surrey HQ hits 20!

The headquarters of Toyota GB in Burgh Heath, near Epsom in Surrey, was officially opened on 10 July 2001 by Mr Fujio Cho, then President of Toyota Motor Corporation.The state-of-the-art headquarters, designed by architects Sheppard Robson, is set on a 14-acre (5.66-hectare) site in the parkland of an existing grade II listed building. The 150,000…

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The headquarters of Toyota GB in Burgh Heath, near Epsom in Surrey, was officially opened on 10 July 2001 by Mr Fujio Cho, then President of Toyota Motor Corporation.

The state-of-the-art headquarters, designed by architects Sheppard Robson, is set on a 14-acre (5.66-hectare) site in the parkland of an existing grade II listed building. The 150,000 square foot (13,935 square metre) building was carefully designed to relate to its landscaped surroundings while providing a dynamic new workplace for Toyota GB’s staff.

Some staff actually began to transfer to the new site from the old premises in nearby Redhill several weeks ahead of the official opening. In addition to more than 350 staff of Toyota GB and Lexus UK, the building became home for more than 50 staff of Toyota Financial Services, which relocated from London.

In line with the trend for more flexible and informal workstyles which was developing in the early 2000s, staff had the option of working in a cellular office or ‘touching down’ with their mobile or laptop within the circulation street, staff restaurant or by the newly created lake.

Of course, the trusty fax machine was at this time a staple of any modern office, and several of them featured in each of the four wings of Toyota GB in Burgh Heath.

Around 100 VIP guests, including senior personnel from associate companies and Toyota colleagues from around the globe, attended the opening event, hosted by Mr Ken Kuroki, Toyota GB’s Chairman at the time.

The opening ceremony was carried out by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Rt Hon MP Patricia Hewitt, who said: “Toyota’s continued commitment to the UK pays tribute to the quality of our highly-skilled and dedicated workforce. I am delighted to be here today to witness Toyota, one of the UK’s finest flagship inward investors, further cement their presence in the UK market.”

Also on hand to celebrate Toyota GB in Burgh Heath were His Excellency Mr Sadayuki Hayashi (the Japanese Ambassador to the UK), Mr Christopher Grayling MP (the newly elected member for Epsom and Ewell) and local Mayor, Councillor Stan Gates.

The unveiling of a commemorative plaque followed the presentation in the stylish ‘Rotunda’ reception area of the new building. Toyota also presented a donation to a local charity, the Children’s Trust, before a tour of the new premises and luncheon.

Further change came in 2014, when extensive new landscaping and planting was undertaken at Burgh Heath as part of an auto industry-first partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

In a project supported by the Surrey Wildlife Trust, the focus was on identifying and using native plant species from the surrounding countryside and establishing them on site to transform the Burgh Heath site into an Eco-HQ, complete with an orchard and meadow.

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Claire Seymour, 43, gently edges her Toyota Hilux between a row of trees at Tubslake Farm, near Hawkhurst in Kent. Her pick-up’s white paintwork and red signwriting match the flowering pink and white Braeburn apple blossom. Her husband, Steve Bowles, also 43, then sets about unloading a large green Fendt 209V tractor from an enormous six-wheeled flat-bed trailer behind the Toyota. He starts up the brand new tractor and then begins to set up and test the Fisher variable-width mower before handing it over to its new owner for an evening of urgent grass cutting.

Claire is managing director of NP Seymour Ltd, an engineering and agricultural machinery dealer set up by her family in 1974. Based in nearby Cranbrook, the company supplies and makes equipment for orchards, vineyards and fruit growers across the UK. 

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Surrounded by apple blossom, NP Seymour’s Toyota Hilux delivers a tractor to an orchard at Tubslake Farm, Hawkhurst, Kent.

“We’ve been really busy since we’ve owned it. Covid didn’t really slow us down at all. We just had a few difficulties with staff numbers. But the demand for our machinery hasn’t stopped.

“The Hilux has already done 50,000 miles, and absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it. We’ll definitely buy another Toyota when it’s time to replace this one,” she said, just before hurrying off, leaving the orchard in a cloud of dust to go and enjoy the rest of her Sunday evening with Steve.

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