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BCA outlines two-year expansion plan

Simon Henstock

Completion of BCA’s 20-acre auction site at Perry Barr is set to begin two years of growth for the remarketing specialist.

Construction of BCA’s 24th remarketing facility is underway now and will add capacity to a network which will see the integration of the recently-acquired Scottish Motor Auction Group (SMA) business BCA and new facilities spanning 36 acres at Europe’s largest remarketing centre at Blackbushe, ten acres at Bedford and 6.5 acres at Manchester.

Logistics and technology will also come in for investment, according to chief operating officer UK remarketing Simon Henstock (pictured). He said: “As BCA is handling growing volumes of stock both from existing vendors and new business wins, we are investing in the physical footprint, logistics, technology and process to deliver a comprehensive remarketing service that meets the needs of all our customers.

“In addition to the network enhancements just announced, BCA is integrating the SMA business, aligning remarketing systems and processes across 23 auction centres nationwide to create a fully cohesive physical and digital marketplace.”

BCA’s new Perry Barr facility is located between Junctions 6 and 7 of the M6, outside Birmingham.

The 20-acre multi-channel remarketing and logistics facility is will open for business later this year.

The new site will create around 200 new jobs and will enable BCA to deliver a range of de-fleet, inspection, preparation, refurbishment, appraisal post-valet and logistics services and includes three auction halls, a digital auction suite and undercover viewing for 600 vehicles.  

Parking for over 400 vehicles, a cafeteria and business suites, are also part of the plans.

In the south, work is underway at the UK and Europe’s largest remarketing centre at Blackbushe, BCA to make use of a further 36 acres of the site for de-fleet, storage and appraisal post-valet facilities as part of a 24 month programme of improvements.

In Belle Vue, Manchester, BCA has acquired a 6.5 acre site adjacent to the existing 32 acre auction facility to develop a new purpose-built commercial vehicle remarketing centre. 

The dedicated LCV auction facility will have undercover viewing for 300 vehicles and live online auction hall along with self-contained imaging, video, preparation and appraisal post-valet services.

At BCA Bedford, off J13 of the M1, BCA has acquired a 10 acre site adjacent to the existing facility for the construction of a de-fleet and vehicle storage compound.  The site has also been enhanced with new post-valet appraisal and imaging facilities.

Henstock said: “The ongoing investment and development of our network and services means BCA is ideally placed to ensure our customers maintain an advantage in this fast moving and competitive environment.”

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