Wates and Turner & Townsend selected for £450m car battery gigafactory in UK

WCN Editorial Team 17 Dec 2021 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Envision AESC has selected Wates Group and Turner & Townsend to design and project manage the construction of £450m advanced car battery gigafactory in the UK.

To be built at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), which covers 50ha area in South Tyneside and Sunderland, the new initial 9GWh-capacity gigafactory could receive potential future investment of £1.8bn by Envision AESC. The plant will have a potential to boost its capacity to 35GWh.

Wates will be responsible for developing an adaptable design to support battery production, while Turner & Townsend will serve as the project and cost manager.

Construction of the new building is planned to start in 2022. The facility is due to commence car battery production in 2024.

Expected to create 750 jobs, the project will form part of a £1bn partnership with Sunderland City Council and Nissan UK to create an electric vehicle hub.

The hub is intended to support production of next generation EVs and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon mobility.

Turner & Townsend director and North East strategic lead Darren Laybourn said: “Electric vehicles play an important role in the UK’s net zero and decarbonisation ambitions and it is great to see the North East powering the drive to a renewable future.”

Wates said it has already engaged with local supply chain partners as part of the design process. The firm is seeking inputs on areas that range from clean utilities to fire protection services.

Envision AESC battery plant managing director Chris Caygill said: “Together with smart, digitally integrated clean energy generation, storage and use in our battery plants, we are supporting the global transition towards net zero carbon energy targets.”

Wates Construction Groupr executive managing director Paul Chandler said: “This project, to design the Envision battery gigafactory, will be a vanguard for that, representing a huge opportunity to accelerate Envision and the UK Government’s net zero ambitions.”

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Illustration of North East car battery gigafactory. Credit: Envision AESC.

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