Swansway Group breaks ground with proposed new Oldham VW site
Date published: 02 August 2021
Pictured (left to right) are: Peter Czajkowskyj of Pulmann Associates, John Gayle VWG, Peter Smyth Swansway Group Director, John Smyth Swansway Group Director, Gary Wood Head of Business at Oldham Volkswagen and Ross Bull VWG
Swansway Group, which boasts car and van dealerships across the North West and Midlands, have announced that enabling works have commenced on their proposed £9 million development on Chadderton Way in Oldham.
It will provide a state-of-the-art new location for the Oldham Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle and passenger car retailer.
Swansway Group acquired the site in October 2020, and immediately began to realise the full potential of this key Oldham location.
To support them in their ambitions, they once again retained the services of Pulmann Associates Architects, a firm that has over 42 years’ experience of completing construction projects to the exacting standards required by the Smyth family, the owners and operators of Swansway Group.
The Swansway relationship with Pulmann Associates began in 1978.
At this point Pulmann were providing architectural services to Esso Petroleum in the oil industry, and part of their portfolio included the construction of petrol stations for some third parties.
One of their projects was for the Radcliffe Road Garage Group, which was owned and operated by Michael Smyth, now Chairman of Swansway Group.
Michael’s vision was that petrol filling stations were going to be an integral part of any community, providing so much more than just fuel.
In helping make this vision a reality, Michael found a meeting of minds in Pulmann Associates, combined with a shared commitment to integrity and professionalism.
And once Pulmann delivered the filling stations to the high standards expected, an enduring, mutually beneficial collaboration was born.
In the 42 years that have followed, Pulmann have supported Swansway Group on almost every building project that has been undertaken, from ongoing repairs and improvements, to the construction of brand new facilities, such as the impressive Stafford Land Rover and Swansway Jaguar Crewe retailers.
Oldham born and based Peter Czajkowskyj, of Pulmann Associates, said: “We have always welcomed the relationship with Swansway.
"They have a standard level above the expected and they always provide the right amount of redevelopment and finance to support their ambitions.
"When Swansway commence a project we know it is going to be dynamic and completed with real polish, which is great for everyone involved.
“The latest Swansway project, the proposed redevelopment of the Chadderton Way site in Oldham to a brand new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and passenger cars destination, is very special to me, as someone who lives in Oldham.
"This project will complete the Gateway Road area with a really pleasing mix of retail, commercial and residential buildings, which is a superb formula for creating a modern, thriving community.”
David Smyth, Swansway Group Director, said: “It’s always a great pleasure to work with Pulmann Associates as they really understand our intentions to only deliver the very best, whenever we undertake a new project.
"And over the years they have been a great resource for us, in helping us maximise the potential of our portfolio of property investments.
"Integrity and reliability underpins everything they do, which makes them very rewarding to work with.
“This latest project in Oldham is very exciting as it is a prime location and we hope that we will be able to realise our plans to develop it to the very highest standard.
"Our expectation is that this will be a very welcome addition to the Oldham community, bringing both jobs and customers to the local area.
"And as a family business, we are very proud to be helping Oldham on its journey to realising its full potential.”
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