Keep up to date with the progress on our new motorhome showroom build due to finish in September 2018. It's in a 5 acre plot just off the M6 at Stafford. Watch as progress develops with our time capsule
Updated: The new Travelworld Erwin Hymer Centre build is complete. Here is the time-capsule video:
It’s not the first time Travelworld have made big changes with our showrooms. We did a whole refurbishment project a couple of years ago. The re-opening of this was attended by Hymer Group representatives. This time, we are going bigger and better. We have a brand new showroom being built just off the M6, near junction 14. Our new showroom is being built on a five-acre site in Stafford North, at Cresswell Park. Work on the project began in January this year.
The new Travelworld motorhomes showroom build is now well underway and the whole team is very excited about what the future holds as we move onwards towards this next stage in the life of the Travelworld brand. A grand opening is planned for September 2018 but stay tuned for more information on that as the site build continues to develop.
This is what our new showroom will look like:
With this in mind we wanted to keep everyone updated on progress as the site takes shape.
We’ve added commentary from social media, industry magazines, and some photographs of the initial turf cutting and shots from an aerial drone who has been visiting the site to keep us updated on progress. We hope you enjoy keeping up with our journey.
Follow along with our timeline of activities. Our Travelworld new showrooms ‘time capsule’. We’ll also continue to keep everyone updated via social media so follow along on Twitter and Facebook.
Here’s the timeline of events as they unfold:
In November 2017 we announced plans to build our new service centre and showrooms. Social media and industry publications shared the news, as well as ourselves of course.
— Camping&Caravanning (@FriendlyClubMag) November 8, 2017
Caravan Times reported on the announcement as well as The Camping and Caravanning Club, via social media and their own publications.
We shared our CGI video of the new showroom vision.
Our good friends at @motorhomesgb have given us a little sneak peek at their new dealership site headed our way in 2018. Click the link below#TravelWorld #Motorhomes #Hymer #NeissmanandBischoffhttps://t.co/VBvpVXqMkx pic.twitter.com/yZWNs7bnpy
— Caravan Times (@CaravanTimes) December 7, 2017
Hooked Up Magazine also shared the news. Our Managing Director, Ross Edwards, was interviewed by Hooked Up Magazine on the exciting announcement and the interview took pride of place as December’s Hooked Up Magazine cover story. Ross confessed to “not being very good at keeping secrets and joked of how it had been painful trying to keep the news from everybody.”
“I’m not very good at keeping secrets, so it has been painful trying to keep this from everybody,” says Ross Edwards, managing director of @motorhomesgb (Travelworld). Read this months cover story to find out what Ross is talking about. pic.twitter.com/WZNYeQRIWF
— Hooked Up Magazine (@Hooked_Up_Mag) December 28, 2017
Computer generated images were published of the new showrooms.
— Hooked Up Magazine (@Hooked_Up_Mag) December 18, 2017
By January 2018 it was time to cut the first piece of turf marking the beginning of the build. Several members of the Edwards family spanning 3 generations took part in the ceremony at the new site.
By February 2018 the site is starting to take shape and much of the land preparation is well underway.
Here are more of the shots taken by our aerial drone:
Our trusty drone was again busy taking shots from the sky as progress throughout March continued:
We shared shots from the drone tracking progress via social media. Keep up with the journey via Twitter. The land was all prepared now and time to start the main build.
— Motor Homes (@motorhomesgb) April 5, 2018
We shared our progress video on Twitter. Everything is really coming together nicely now.
Progress video! Everything is coming together nicely at our larger site for Travelworld!!! Looking forward to seeing the finished building already @WarnersGroup @CampAndCaravan @pmotorhome @hymermotorhomes #biggerisbetter #erwinhymerdealer #travel #motorhome #camping #hymer pic.twitter.com/Ic7LpbQxjo
— Motor Homes (@motorhomesgb) April 11, 2018
The site is really starting to take shape now. Great progress was made during the month of April.
Well what a week it's been!! Some great progress on our new development located at J14 of the M6, Stafford – It's really starting to take shape! pic.twitter.com/aypvCyBDAm
— Motor Homes (@motorhomesgb) April 30, 2018
Here are a more of the shots from our busy eye in the sky, keeping track of progress on site:
Caravan Times reported on the new dealership and we also had other exciting news to share too about our partnerships with Dethleffs and Elddiss.
Some exciting news from @motorhomesgb. A brand new dealership and new acquisition
— Caravan Times (@CaravanTimes) May 10, 2018
We managed to sneak a quick chat with the site manager to catch up on progress at the beginning of May too.
Here’s a summary of what he had to say:
Great progress again is being made at the new site in Stafford with the project quickly catching up on the deadline from the previous bad weather that we endured.
Columns, portal frames (a rigid structural frame consisting essentially of two uprights connected at the top by a third frame), purlins (a horizontal beam along the length of a roof, resting on principals and supporting the common rafters or boards) all are scheduled to be completed for the showroom area by Sunday 6th May 2018. All columns to the showroom will be grouted, lined and levelled early next week to ensure that they are ready for completion.
The steelwork to the service area has now been completed which has now allowed for the netting for the roofing to commence. The handrail leading to the rood has started and all the columns within the service area have been grouted and completed. Block work to the service area has been started this week which consists of – columns, portal frames, purlins, a cladding rail, inner sheets, insulations and finally an outer sheet. The roof to the service area will begin to be fitted once the roof over the offices has been completed.
Decking to the offices has been completed, in line with this the handrails to the decking areas have also finished production. The roof for the offices will be fitted first next week along with the gutters.
We can really see the progress he’s talking about in the latest shots from site too.
We took some shots of the site ourselves as well as the drone shots and the camera which we have on site continuously taking lots of images to add to our time-capsule.
More images from the drone on site.
— Motor Homes (@motorhomesgb) May 11, 2018
As of 09.30am this morning this is what our new site looks like. Can't wait to see what the finished product looks like if this is what it looks like before completion. Keep an eye out on J14, Stafford just off the M6 pic.twitter.com/i8MUNrPwSY
— Motor Homes (@motorhomesgb) May 10, 2018
Concrete had now been poured onto the floor at this stage of the build.
Last week has brought some large advances at our new dealership in Stafford – finishing touches have been made to the roof as well as the concrete being poured into the first floor. pic.twitter.com/G2JetXCoQQ
— Motor Homes (@motorhomesgb) May 27, 2018
The showroom framework is now in place and the whole project is starting to turn into much more than simply a prepared construction site. These shots were taken by an aerial drone on 11th June 2018.
These shots were taken by our aerial drone on 25th June 2018. The building itself is really coming together now and a temporary carpark is also on site. The site is starting to look like the new showroom the team at Travelworld are so excited about.
And just look at the new site compared with our current Telford showrooms:
A comparative drone image of our new home in Stafford, coming soon! pic.twitter.com/lY1M48TXx0
— Motor Homes (@motorhomesgb) June 21, 2018
Our current Travelworld Motorhomes Dealership in Telford pic.twitter.com/b1bCKglwOp
— Motor Homes (@motorhomesgb) June 21, 2018
We really are making great headway now and the showrooms cut a striking pose next to the busy motorway. Our construction site manager updated us with some progress notes which we’ve summarised as follows:
The external cladding is progressing well and all vertical cladding is completed. The flashings and so forth are still to complete. Showroom glazing is expected to be completed this week and the main entrance next week.
Partitioning and tape and jointing is progressing well. The lift installation has started with an expected programme of 2 weeks. The laundry room steel beam is being worked on this week followed by metal decking. The brick and blockwork is now complete and the external groundworks progressing well.
No wonder we’re getting excited.
Here are the latest drone images of our new dealership in Stafford, it's really coming along now with the glass sections just being installed in the showroom! pic.twitter.com/u9cLFnovCE
— Motor Homes (@motorhomesgb) August 7, 2018