Construction began this week on the 33,000 square meter facility, which is set to become the hub of Jaguar Land Rover’s most advanced research, complemented by the R&D centres in Gaydon and Whitley.
The NAIC is being developed in collaboration with the Warwick Manufacturing Group, Tata Motors European Technical Centre and the UK Government’s Higher Eductation Funding Council. Due to open in Spring 2017, the completed building will include cutting-edge workshops, laboratories, virtual engineering suites and advanced powertrain facilities, equipped to enable a full range of design, visualisation and prototyping activities.
In a speech at the ceremonial start of the construction, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover Dr Ralf Speth confirmed the centre’s focus on low-carbon technologies, ‘connected cars’ (vehicles sharing information with each other and the cloud) and ‘personal mobility solutions’.
‘The NAIC will have a significant role inspiring the engineers of tomorrow and will help develop the skills we need the UK to nurture and develop to ensure we remain globally competitive,’ said Dr Speth.
The centre will initially have a highly-skilled workforce of 1000 people. Currently Jaguar Land Rover employs more than 8000 engineers and designers in the UK; in the financial year 2015/16 the business will invest up to £3.8bn in product creation.
See the video for a CGI fly-through of the planned building!