The main plant shut in the 1980s, with a small, specialised motorsport operation on the site finally closing in 2014.
In early 2000s work began on the redevelopment of Fort Dunlop. The building’s huge Grade A listed façade was retained and, in 2001, adorned with the world’s largest advertisement. The 130m wide and 24m high poster launched Ford’s latest Mondeo - a fitting link to the building’s motoring heritage – and could be seen from more than one mile away.
In 2006, following extensive refurbishment, Fort Dunlop was re-opened as a vertical office park, with shops and leisure attractions on the ground floor. The building now comprises 360,000 sq ft of commercial space over seven floors, and a hotel housed in a modern extension.
Once home to a blue collar workforce of 10,000, today some 2,500 white collar staff carry out their duties in Fort Dunlop’s unique working environment.
Under owner Tristan Capital, Fort Dunlop’s evolution is set to continue. A glass extension on the rooftop, new landscaping at the front of the building and more than 470 additional car parking spaces are in the pipeline.