Construction underway for the London Taxi Companys new home to build ultra low emissions vehicles
- Winvic appointed as main contractor to build new home for iconic British brand
- New site in Ansty is part of a £250m investment which will create 1000 new jobs
- Facility will be parent company Geely’s UK base for ultra-low emission vehicle R&D
This important milestone comes soon after the company’s £250 million investment project was announced in the presence of the Prime Minister and Mayor Boris Johnson earlier in the year.
A breaking ground ceremony attended by Rugby MP, Mark Pawsey, Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson, and Coventry South MP Jim Cunningham took place today at Ansty Park. The company also welcomed officials from the local authorities, press and The London Taxi Company board members to officially commence building work.
The new facility is the first greenfield development of any Chinese automotive manufacturer in the UK, demonstrating parent company Geely’s ongoing commitment to the country and West Midlands region. The investment will create up to 1000 direct jobs, and support a further 500 roles in the local supply chain.
The 37,000m2building will be constructed by main contractors Winvic, and comprises a 31,000m2production facility, which will make the next generation of the iconic London Black Cabs from 2017 and other forthcoming models, as well as 6000m2office space. Ansty will be Geely’s UK base for ultra-low emission vehicle R&D and the London Taxi Company’s global headquarters.
Reflecting The London Taxi Company’s values of sustainability, the Ansty site will have an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating and be ‘A’ rated for energy performance. The building will include 850m2photovoltaic solar panels, and 20 electric vehicle charging points. It will also harvest waste heat from compressed air systems to warm the air and provide hot water, while rainwater will be collected for use in all of the facility’s toilets.
The London Taxi Company's recently appointed Chairman, Carl-Peter Forster, commented: "The Geely group strategy to invest in ultra low emission technology is progressing well across all its brands. The London Taxi Company and its new products are central to that approach and our investment here demonstrates continued commitment to the UK automotive sector and helps to underpin the world class engineering capabilities which can be accessed in this country.”
The London Taxi Company's Chief Executive, Peter Johansen, said: "Today marks another important step forward for the company and our employees as we prepare to produce the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles here in Ansty. We would like to thank the local authorities for their hard work and support during the planning process, and everyone who has been associated with the building project to get us to this point today. We'd also like to thank our main contractor Winvic, whose work so far has been impeccable.