In 2006, Royal HaskoningDHV celebrated the 50th anniversary of a successful partnership with the Ford Motor Company.
Our consultancy services Framework Agreement with Ford makes us just one of two companies in the UK and one of five companies in Europe that has similar blanket order agreements. The agreement, which is renewed on a rolling five-year cycle, allows Ford to streamline its supplier base and buy in the specialisms it needs, right when it needs it.
Our involvement has been primarily to provide design, construction, engineering and quantity surveying expertise for the development and redevelopment of buildings and other infrastructure across a number of Ford’s UK sites.
Our first partnership project was the Die Storage Building at the Dagenham Body Plant, East London, in 1956. Among the thousands of other projects we have been involved with over the decades are the Dagenham Press Shop and Assembly Plant, the Halewood Body and Assembly Plant, the Halewood Transmission Plant, the Swansea Transmission Plant and the Bridgend Engine Plant.
More recently, we have been involved with redeveloping existing facilities such as the diesel engine assembly building and three-storey design office at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC) and the office extension to the Design Styling Studio at the company’s Dunton Research and Development Centre.
Elsewhere, the Framework Agreement has led to our involvement with construction projects in Europe, South America and Asia. Here, we have worked with Ford’s engineers and local consultants to carry out concept and detail designs for plants in France, Portugal, Mexico and Brazil, supplying a wide range of expertise through multidisciplinary services such as structural, mechanical, electrical, environmental and civil engineering.
Our understanding of the vehicle production process allows us to meet Ford’s exacting requirements and we are committed to ensuring that our people have the skills and resources necessary to satisfy the company’s needs, whether it’s for large scale manufacturing or more specialist operations such as clean room environments.
Our close working relationship with Ford is reflected in Royal HaskoningDHV’s accreditation under Ford’s Q1 quality system, an award that is only given to partners that deliver to Ford’s extremely high standards and exercise a programme of continuing development and improvement.