Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has started construction for the £200 million redevelopment of its design and engineering centre at its Gaydon site.
The expansion represents the first major construction project at one of the company’s non-manufacturing sites in over a decade.
The development is intended to become one of the world’s foremost automotive product, engineering and design sites – which fits in with the company’s ambitious plans for continued global growth.
Chris Elliott, property programmes director for JLR, 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.”
JLR 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 landscaped campus com- prising new offices and Jaguar and Land Rover design centres.
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.
It has also made significant progress in building its international manufacturing presence over the last year, with a new manufacturing facility under construction in Slovakia and the opening of its plant in Brazil.
Over the past five years JLR has taken on more than 20,000 people, taking its workforce to more than 40,000.
The company has invested more than £11 billion in new product creation and capital expenditure.
In April last year, Warwick District Council’s planning committee approved plans for JLR to expand its site near Whitley, which could create up to 4,000 jobs.
The development, known as ‘Whitley South’, will take up 105 hectares of space and will be built on green belt land north and south of the A45 between the Festival and Tollbar islands, straddling Warwick District and Coventry.
The development also includes a new countryside park, a hotel and small shops alongside the new offices and research buildings.