Work starts on Aston Martin’s Silverstone factory
Construction of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team’s new factory at Silverstone in Northamptonshire has begun with a ceremonial breaking-ground ceremony.
Aston Martin Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll and JCB Chairman Lord Bamford both attended the ceremony, which marked the official start of an 18-month construction programme.
Expected to be complete by early 2023, the 37,000m2 buildings will become the new home of the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One team.
The three-unit factory will be constructed on land across the road from the historic Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit: one building will house the team’s design, manufacturing and marketing resource; a second will be occupied by the brand-new wind tunnel; and the third will redevelop and repurpose the existing factory premises as a central hub with staff amenities and a logistics centre.
For the first time, the new factory will house every manufacturing resource within a single campus – the team currently operates from several discrete buildings, with additional work outsourced externally.
In addition to the upgrade and expansion of facilities and machinery, the new factory will be complemented by a brand-new wind tunnel and a brand-new Formula One simulator.
Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman, Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team, said: “It is inspiring to look at where we are now in the context of the architectural and organisational challenges and ambitions that lie ahead. Our new buildings reflect not only the scope of our determination to become a World Championship-winning force, but also the scale of our growth and development as an organisation.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners who are working on the project, especially JCB and Cognizant.”