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March 10, 2017

JLR starts on new R&D centre

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover Automotive has started construction of a GBP200m redevelopment of its design and engineering centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire, England.

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover Automotive has started construction of a GBP200m redevelopment of its design and engineering centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire, England.

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, JLR said in a statement.

Warwickshire County recently opened a new road and redesigned motorway junction to improve access to the JLR campus and its automotive neighbours, Aston Martin and the British Motor Museum.

Chris Elliott, property programmes director, said: "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."

A unique landscaped campus will include new offices and design centres.

JLR is building a new factory in Slovakia and has opened an assembly plant in Brazil.

Over the past five years it has employed over 20,000 people, taking its workforce to 40,000. The company has spent GBP11bn on new products and capital items.

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