Works starts on automotive design centre
Jaguar Land Rover Automotive, the UK’s largest car manufacturer, has announced it is beginning construction work on a £200M redevelopment of its design and engineering centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire.
The expansion represents the first major construction project at one of the company’s non-manufacturing sites in over a decade.
“The new design and engineering centre is a testament both to Jaguar Land Rover’s British heritage of innovation and its compelling vision for future vehicle technology,” said Jaguar Land Rover Property Programmes Director Chris Elliott.
“The new space will centralise our design, product engineering and purchasing functions in an original and modern environment, as well as creating additional capacity for the future.”
Jaguar Land Rover worked with leading architectural practice Bennetts Associates to design the scheme and has engaged Laing O’Rourke as its construction partner. Laing O’Rourke will develop the site to create a unique landscaped campus comprising new steel-framed offices combined with steel-framed Jaguar and Land Rover design centres.
In recent years Jaguar Land Rover has invested heavily in its UK vehicle manufacturing facilities at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull to support the introduction of all-new vehicles such as the Jaguar XE, XF and F-PACE, Range Rover Evoque Convertible and Land Rover Discovery Sport. A number of steel-framed facilities were constructed at these sites to aid increased production.