Auction super-centre

Manheim auction at Bruntingthorpe

Bruntingthorpe proving ground’s principal building – the former Vulcan Bomber hangar – has begun its new life as a vehicle auction super-centre after an extensive £2-million refurbishment.  And it could well bring jobs for local residents.

 Manheim Remarketing, which opened its Bruntingthorpe operations in temporary accommodation a little over a year ago, describes its new base on the airfield as the premier and largest site in the Midlands.  More than 450 bidders were attracted to the first sale in the newly-completed dual-lane auction centre.  Almost 200 were present in the hall with a further 260 logged on via Simucast – Manheim’s on-line bidding facility.  A total of 720 cars came under the hammer.

 And it’s the volume of cars put to auction that could bring part-time jobs.  “We need drivers to move the cars on auction days,” explained Paul Atkin, general manager, business development at Bruntingthorpe.  “The more vehicles auctioned, the more drivers we need.  Such opportunities could, for example, suit mums whose children are at school since the hours required fit perfectly within school times.”

Ironically, although vehicles need to be moved on the day of auction, the fact that Bruntingthorpe offers Manheim all the services it needs on one site, the number of journeys made by large car transporters is reduced.  This environmentally-friendly aspect of the operations at Bruntingthorpe was key in the decision to base its super-centre on the 670-acre secure site.

 The new auction super-centre incorporates vehicle display areas, offices, meeting rooms, catering areas and, of course, a bespoke auction hall designed for efficient operation.  Some of the new facilities are on a specially-constructed 495 sq m mezzanine floor.  Manheim’s operations occupy some 5,012 sq m of the former hangar’s total 7,446 sq m footprint.  This is almost double the space it occupied when it first opened at Bruntingthorpe.  A number of other companies based at Bruntingthorpe have offices in the remaining area.