Case Studies

VW Group UK Financial Services

SuDS underpin sustainable headquarters


Milton Keynes is the location of the New Headquarters for Volkswagen Financial Services (UK), a landmark building, providing a physical representation of the VW Group brand that is manifested in the building’s exterior and interior design. Construction of the building commenced in 2013; the offices were opened to employees on 5 Jan 2015 and officially opened by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, on 11 March. The building provides long term premises for VW Group Financial Services in close proximity to the UK offices of the Group’s automotive brands.


The 4-storey building, which has been shortlisted for a BCO (British Council for Offices) Award, is constructed to BREEAM Grade A ‘Excellent’ standard and is equipped with 82 roof mounted solar panels, producing 40,000kW per year, and multiple charge points for use with electric vehicles. Inside, the building provides 100,000 square feet of office space, spread across 4 floors, along with a staff restaurant, coffee shop and conference centre, whilst, outside, the staff car park and bicycle storage facility are supplemented by green space designed to complement the style of the building.

How it works

The SuDS system is required to handle surface water from a 1 in 100 year storm with an additional allowance of 30% for climate change. This ensures that the site will remain free of flooding from prolonged, extensive rainfall which is anticipated to become more frequent and intense in line with climate change.


SDS was engaged to supply every aspect of the drainage system (with the sole exception of the manholes).


2 GEOlight® tanks have been installed, supported by Channel Drainage and 9 Vortex Flow Controls, and over 2,500 square metres of Permeable Block Paving.


SDS embraced the invitation to design a surface water drainage system that would complement the client’s requirements for a high quality sustainable development.


SDS was able to deliver substantial cost savings through value engineering the design of this installation.


Sean O’Connor, Site Manager, VINCI Construction: “Having reviewed our requirements, SDS took the initiative to design and value engineer a bespoke system, enabling us to pass on significant savings to our client. Their innovative design involved several stages of surface water treatment and was crucial to securing planning approval from the Council and the Environment Agency.

suds surface water geolight

Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited (VWFS) is the captive finance company for the Volkswagen Group in the UK, offering finance and insurance services to customers of the Volkswagen Group Brands including Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, SEAT, ŠKODA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini.

What our other Customers say

The SDS team know their business and know better than anyone how to install the tanks. SDS have a good safe system of work, so we had comfort in that as well...Although on smaller schemes we do sometimes install storage crates ourselves, working with SDS meant we could hand over the installation of the tank to them. The SDS team were totally self-sufficient and extremely slick. They are the experts and were able to complete the installation within 7 weeks, with both speed and skill.

Allan Crozier, Senior Project Manager, P.J. Careys.

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