Contractor begins work on cutting-edge design centre in Warwickshire

Laing O’Rourke has begun construction on a £200m new design centre for Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

The Bennetts Associates-designed scheme will become a cutting-edge engineering and design research facility for the car manufacturer.

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 is the UK’s largest car manufacturer and employs more than 40,000 people.

The construction start on the major Warwickshire project comes after chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £392m funding boost for the ‘Midlands Engine’ regions yesterday.