JLR's new £500 million Gaydon site is the UK's largest of its kind and will house 13,000 company employees
Steve Cropley Autocar
26 September 2019

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled a new Advanced Product Creation Centre at its Gaydon HQ, on an expanded site now equal in area to 480 football pitches.

Widely known as the Gaydon Triangle because of its unusual layout, the £500 million centre will be a base for almost 13,000 engineers and becomes by far the largest car creation centre in the UK.

According to JLR CEO Sir Ralf Speth, the new centre will bring new efficiencies by combining the design, engineering and production purchasing functions of the company — all necessary for current and next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models — under one roof for the first time in history.

JLR calls the new building complex “one of the UK’s most sustainable non-domestic buildings”. It's designed to further the group’s Destination Zero mission — to achieve zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion for its products and processes through what Speth calls “relentless innovation”. The idea, he adds, is to make societies safer and healthier and the environment cleaner. Almost 10% of the energy consumed by employees and processes at the Gaydon centre will be provided by vast, roof-mounted solar panels, while the rest will come entirely from renewable sources.

Today’s opening follows the recent announcement of a JLR plan to turn its venerable Castle Bromwich plant — where Spitfires were built during World War II — into the UK’s first specialist plant for premium electrified vehicles, starting with the new Jaguar XJ saloon.

JLR already claims important steps towards its Destination Zero, some of them on display at the centre’s opening. The company says it's already investing heavily in a future that will be autonomous, connected, electrified and shared. It's on track to deliver electrified versions of every Jaguar and Land Rover model by 2020 — including mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the rapturously received new Land Rover Defender.

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26 September 2019

So JLR is loosing money and cuts 4,500 jobs & now is spending 500 million on a new R&D centre. Doesn't make sense does it? Where's the money coming from if they are in such a financial mess?

26 September 2019

Presumably the £500m has already been spent

26 September 2019
jagdavey wrote:

So JLR is loosing money and cuts 4,500 jobs & now is spending 500 million on a new R&D centre. Doesn't make sense does it? Where's the money coming from if they are in such a financial mess?

...and spend BILLIONS on BEV R&D, it's called investing for the future.   Companies do it all the time, if they didn't they wouldn't last 5 years

26 September 2019

it's losing not loosing!

Plus it's been finished for a while and took several years. They actually haven't completed everything due to the financial situation. It's long overdue as the old site was more like a WW2 collection of huts

27 September 2019

There is a rather epic difference between losing money, and having no money.  

 

So yes, it makes total sense.

26 September 2019

We used to call him Ralf Spend

26 September 2019

Surely 500mil would be better spent on making sure their cars are built properly in the first place. Castle Brom still on 4 day week due to low orders and China and India no longer wanting to buy their cars but guess that's Brexit fault and not fault of mis-management.

27 September 2019
YourMum wrote:

Surely 500mil would be better spent on making sure their cars are built properly in the first place. Castle Brom still on 4 day week due to low orders and China and India no longer wanting to buy their cars but guess that's Brexit fault and not fault of mis-management.

They could be as fault laden as BMWs

26 September 2019

Hopely not full of millennials drawing more vehicles with wonky slopey roofs and more 'connectivity' electronics to distract drivers...

Hopefully has real engineers working on lighter chassis, more efficient engines, hybrid powertrains and more affordable EV technology.

26 September 2019
I'm guessing the negative comments that are always aimed at Jaguar on these postings are from disgruntled ex-employees. I drive both Jaguar and Mercedes cars but would always gravitate to Jaguar if I had to buy one. Crap about better built is bull-shit.. but better drive always goes to the Jaguar.

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