New base and a new topping for pizza company

The Domino's Pizza headquarters in West Ashland, Milton Keynes
The Domino's Pizza headquarters in West Ashland, Milton Keynes
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A MILTON Keynes pizza delivery franchise firm has moved to a new HQ and had a new chief executive appointed.

Domino’s Pizza has completed the move into a state-of-the-art headquarters in Thornbury, West Ashland, from a few miles away in Lasborough Road, Kingston.

Lance Batchelor, new chief executive of Domino's Pizza

Lance Batchelor, new chief executive of Domino's Pizza

And at the same time, Lance Batchelor has taken over from Chris Moore as chief executive. He has been with the company for 18 months learning the ropes but before than worked with brands such as Amazon.com, Vodafone and Tesco.

The head office team now sit longside the company’s recently constructed commissary facility, which opened in July 2010.

The new building comprises 2,170 sq-metres office space, set over three main floors with a lower ground floor main entrance, reception area and a penthouse board room. The building also contains a test kitchen where Domino’s development ideas come to life and exciting new products are created for addition to the menu.

Developer the Buckingham Group, based in Stowe, was commissioned to design and build the new head office, which is phase two of Domino’s move to West Ashland. The new offices and commissary are designed to support Domino’s expansion plans and its goal of 1,200 stores in the UK and Ireland by 2021.

Like the commissary building, this new office has been built to BREEAM standards (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) and has been given a rating of excellent. The BREEAM environmental assessment aims to minimise environmental impact by ensuring sustainable best practices are in place, helping to lower costs through efficiency.

The building utilises modern mechanical heating and cooling systems, fully integrated with natural green ventilation systems. These systems, that will enhance the building’s energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, are controlled through an intelligent, direct, digitally-controlled building management system. It also contains and internal bicycle storage facility to encourage employees to bring their bike to work.

Mr Batchelor said: “This impressive new building will ensure that we are prepared for future growth and allows us to better service all our franchisees and stores. It’s an inspiring working environment for our employees.”

Tim Brown, director of Buckingham Group, said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity by Domino’s Pizza to design and construct its new headquarters building. We have worked closely with the Domino’s team to convert the stylish contemporary design concept into an impressive landmark building, of which we are justifiably proud.”