Work begins on Jaguar Land Rover’s £200M project

WCN Editorial Team 13 Mar 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based Laing O’Rourke has begun construction on a £200M project to redevelop Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) design and engineering centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire, UK.

The project represents the first major construction project at one of the company’s non-manufacturing sites in more than 10 years.

Upon completion, the development is aimed to become one of the world’s foremost automotive product, engineering and design sites.

Designed by Bennetts Associates, the campus will include new offices and Jaguar and Land Rover design centres.

Jaguar Land Rover property programmes director, Chris Elliott, said: “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.

“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.”

Additionally, plans to develop a £250M research and development centre at JLR’s Whitley South site have been approved by the UK government in 2016.

In recent years JLR 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.

Over the past five years the automotive firm has employed more than 20,000 people, taking its workforce to more than 40,000.

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