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Donalds at Futura Park 2018

A new chapter in the history of Donalds

The Donalds Group are one of East Anglia's leading multi-franchise car groups with six franchises located across four locations in the region. Throughout the year construction activity has been busy at Futura Park in Ipswich where we have had two new state-of-the-art showrooms in build. We shall be launching the new showrooms in August 2018. The two new developments will create exciting employment opportunities throughout the local area for both the sales and aftersales departments, with recruitment to commence shortly before the build completion.


Futura Park

Futura Park is a vibrant retail park located on the South East side of Ipswich with high profile outlets in residence. The mix of retail, office and industrial premises is served by a new road infrastructure and is set near Junction 57 of the A14 giving convenient access to Eastern England.

Mazda: 7 Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, IP3 9SQ

Volvo: 9 Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, IP3 9SQ

Directions to new site: Crane Bouvalard, Futura Park, Ipswich
From Orwell Bridge, east-bound
- Exit A14 at Junction 57 & follow road round to left
- At Ravenswood roundabout, turn right (third exit)
- At the roundabout, turn left on to Futura Park
- At the mini roundabout, turn left on to Crane Bouvelard
- New building is on the right.


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The new Mazda building has been designed with customer connection at the forefront, to create a modern, warm, boutique environment. A key area deriving from Mazda’s new retail concept will be the ‘Customer Interaction Zone’ – an area within the showroom where customers can sit down with Donalds staff and learn about products through technology. A large, spacious showroom floorspace will display the full range of Mazda cars, while maintaining a clutter-free environment. The stylish forecourt follows the showroom’s clean design, linking the inside and outside, whilst an extension to the workshop will increase the total number of service bays to seven.

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Plans for the Volvo showroom will follow the brand’s Retail Experience concept, which reflects the company’s Scandinavian design philosophy. The Showroom area will follow a typically Nordic open-plan theme but, crucially, 40% of the available floor space will be set aside to become the Living Room – a luxurious oasis with wood and leather furnishings where customers can meet sales consultants, wait while their car is serviced, or simply relax with a fresh cup of coffee. Meanwhile the workshop, instead of being tucked away at the back of the site, out of view, will be clearly visible through large windows.


Learn more about our journey to this new chapter in our history.

  • 4 August 2018

    Volvo Showroom Open

    Volvo showroom opens completing the move

  • 16 March 2018

    Addresses Anounced!

    Mazda: 7 Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, IP3 9SQ

    Volvo: 9 Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, IP3 9SQ

  • 13 February 2018

    Frame work begins to be erected

    The site has been cleared and prepared and the builders begin to put up some of the framework.

  • 21 September 2016

    Planning Permission Granted

    Planning and Development approve plans for erection of two motor vehicle dealerships (Volvo/Mazda) comprising showrooms; workshops; MOT testing; offices; vehicle/parts storage and ancillary wet and dry valet buildings; external car display and parking; waste storage compound; hard and soft landscaping; and two new vehicular accesses onto Crane Boulevard.

  • July 2004

    Donalds takes over Mazda Ipswich

    Donalds purchases two Garney's and Hill Mazda dealerships in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

  • 1 August 2018

    Mazda Showroom Open

    All departments move in and operational making the first day fully operational at Donalds Mazda

  • 11 January 2018

    Turning the soil

    Directors and Senior Managers from Donalds gather at the site for the traditional 'Turning the soil Ceremony' to officially launch the beginning the build.

  • 1 April 2017

    Donalds wins Volvo Regional Dealer of the year for 2016

    For the second time in it's history the Volvo franchise was awarded 'Regional Dealer of the Year' covering 2016.

  • 1 April 2015

    Donalds named Volvo Regional Dealer of the Year for 2014

    Donalds awarded award from Volvo which recognises regional performance across all areas of the business.

  • January 2009

    Donalds Volvo opens in Ipswich

    We add Volvo to our franchise arsenal which joins Mazda at the West End road premesis in Ipswich.

  • 18 August 1950

    Donalds Garage forms in Peterborough

    Mr Noel J.C Donald opens a garage on Lincoln Road in Peterborough as an Austin and Slinger distributor.


See the journey from concept to development, as it happens.

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