JAGUAR LAND ROVER'S NEW ENGINEERING AND DESIGN CENTRE REVEALED

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This is what Jaguar Land Rover’s new design and engineering centre in Warwickshire will look like.

Work has now begun on the £200m project in Gaydon and the Coventry car maker has revealed the first images of just what the state-of-the-art facility will look like when complete.

The ambitious scheme, which involves the wholescale redevelopment of Jaguar Land Rover’s existing design and enginering centre at Gaydon, is part of the firm’s seemingly unstoppable growth.

The expansion represents the first major construction project at one of the company’s non-manufacturing sites in over a decade.

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Jaguar Land Rover has pledged the new centre will become one of the world’s foremost automotive product, engineering and design sites to reflect its “ambitious plans for continued global growth”.

Chris Elliott, property programmes director for Jaguar Land Rover, 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.”

Jaguar Land Rover worked with architectural practice Bennetts Associates to design the scheme and has appointed Laing O’Rourke to build it.

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.

The car maker also has ongoing plans for expansion at its Whitley HQ and design centre, some of which were recently approved by Coventry City Council. In November last year it said it wants to build the next generation of elextric cars in Coventry.

In addition it is set to open a new Jaguar Land Rover Classic facility in Ryton later this year.

This will complement the firm’s Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre which opened there last year.

As well as growth in the UK Jaguar Land Rover is also expanding overseas.

Over the past five years Jaguar Land Rover has employed more than 20,000 people, taking its workforce to more than 40,000.

The company has also invested more than £11 billion in new product creation and capital expenditure.

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