1968
Ford Motor Company engages BCHF


In 1968, Ford Motor Company’s parts and accessory store underwent a 12,000 m² extension. The building constructed using steel trusses and columns, comprised offices and amenities, as well as the construction of a heavy-duty pavement and car parks. This was one of several projects BCHF undertook for Ford, which also included the spare parts and accessories division in Papatoetoe, Auckland (1964), and subsequently a vehicle assembly plant (1972-73) and a transmission and chassis plant (1972). A full 120,000 square feet of floor space – enormous by today’s standards.

 

Engaging Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner to undertake the project was a challenge for Ford as they had global requirements that they needed to meet, including the fact that their designers needed to carry liability insurance. Beca’s response of “We are professionals, we have unlimited liability” did not cut the mustard. Ford had one simple question “If I hung you upside down, how much money would fall out of your pockets?”. The business rapidly arranged professional indemnity insurance, one of the first professional services businesses in New Zealand to do so, and have continued to obtain it ever since.

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