The London Taxi CompanyThe London Taxi Company is the leading global manufacturer and retailer of fully accessible, purpose built London Taxis…universally acknowledged for creating the famous Black Cab, now an international icon.
In February 2013 The London Taxi Company became part of the Zhejing Geely Holding Group with a new vision to see the iconic London Taxi on the streets of every major city across the world.
Ansty Park is the new location for the London Taxi Company's research, development and assembly site. This important milestone came soon after the company’s £250 million investment project was announced in the presence of the David Cameron and Boris Johnson.
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 37,000 sq m building is being constructed by main contractors Winvic, and comprises a 31,000 sq m production facility, which will make the next generation of the iconic London Black Cabs from 2017 and other forthcoming models, as well as 6000 sq m office 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 850 sq m photovoltaic 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 investment reinforces the strength of the UK automotive sector, and the importance of the West Midlands as an engine for that growth. More than a quarter of the UK’s 30 largest automotive manufacturing sites are based in the West Midlands, with global vehicle makers announcing £850 million investment in the area so far this year. The automotive industry supports around 770,000 jobs in the UK and added £12.4 billion to the country’s economy.