Jaguar Land Rover delivers a £500m vote of confidence in Britain with new design centre

Jaguar Land Rover delivered a £500m vote of confidence in Britain as it opened the UK’s biggest state-of-the-art centre for designing and creating its cars of the future – including electric vehicles and those with self-drive features.

In the face of Brexit uncertainty, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Prof Sir Ralf Speth opened the massive new complex where engineers will work together to plan its next-generation models and accelerate the firm well into the 21st century.

That includes a new ‘green’ flagship zero-emissions all-electric XJ limousine, as favoured by Prime Ministers and captains of industry.

Vote of confidence in Britain; This is Jaguar Land Rover's new £500million Advanced Product Creation Centre where it will develop vehicles of the future Bosses said the huge 4,000,000m² site at its Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire is equivalent to almost 480 football pitches Electric and fully autonomous vehicles of the future will be designed and created at the state-of-the-art facility The facility is designed to encourage collaboration throughout the entire process of vehicle development – from the first outline sketch to the finished car in the showroom JLR said the £500m investment in Gaydon aimed at achieving ‘a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion’ across its facilities The new Land Rover Defender is now in full production at the firm's factory in Slovakia The Nitra plant is a £1billion facility that will be the home of Land Rover's reborn Defender as well as other SUV models The Nitra plant is a £1billion facility that will be the home of Land Rover's reborn Defender as well as other SUV models

The Nitra plant is a £1billion facility that will be the home of Land Rover’s reborn Defender as well as other SUV models

The new Gaydon offices are also ‘green’ with up to 20 per cent of their energy coming from nearly 3,000m² of solar panels on the roof. 

The same glazing technology as used by the Eden Project has been used to bring natural light into the building and make it more energy efficient.

They have been created ‘to bring the outside in’ with lots of natural light and interior landscaping to promote the personal health, well-being and productivity of its employees.

They are already rated in the top 10 per cent of the greenest non-domestic buildings in the UK.

The site includes ‘an ecologically diverse area’ that reuses 80,000m³ of natural soil – equivalent of 30 Olympic sized pools – excavated during construction.

Last year Jaguar Land Rover sold 592,708 vehicles in 128 countries. 

Owned by India’s giant TATA conglomerate, JLR says ‘at heart we are a British company’ with three UK vehicle manufacturing facilities: at Castle Bromwich and Solihull in Birmingham and Halewood on Mersyside; an engine plant in Wolverhampton and a soon to be opened Battery Assembly Centre. 

It also has vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia.

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