After 25 years located in the heart of London, renowned Aston Martin specialist Nicholas Mee & Company has sought pastures new and opened a state-of-the-art facility on the historic Hatfield Park Estate in Hertfordshire. We joined Mee for a welcome tour…
“The decision to relocate to Hatfield Park was prompted by a combination of frustration with London becoming essentially anti the car and a major lack of space in our workshops,” says Nicholas Mee as we sip an espresso on a mezzanine level, looking down at the company’s impressive new gallery showroom filled with Astons from every era.
Anyone who visited the Aston Martin specialist’s former home in West London will know exactly what Mee is talking about – both the showroom and (separate) workshop were crammed with cars, to the point they were spilling out onto the surrounding streets. “Furthermore, 20mph speed limits, sleeping policemen, and average speed cameras made it nigh-on impossible to road test cars.”
Spurred on by the ideas of relocating somewhere with much more space outside of – yet, still in close proximity to – London and bringing all aspects of the business under one roof, Mee first viewed the 250-year-old farm on the Hatfield Park estate around two years ago. Suffice to say, he liked what he saw.