The first phase of Aston Martin’s new manufacturing facility at St Athan in Wales has been given the go ahead following the land being secured. Aston Martin President and CEO Andy Palmer met Welsh First Minister, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM to finalise the sale of the St Athan site to the British car manufacturer.
Aston Martin had announced in February that it had chosen St Athan from 20 potential global locations as its second manufacturing facility as part of a £200m investment in new products and facilities.
Recruitment has already begun for 750 new Aston Martin employees who will work at the new facility.
Palmer said: “The exchanging of this contract, giving us first access to the St Athan facility, is a milestone in our 103-year history. Work now starts in earnest to turn our plans into reality.
“Since taking the decision to build our first SUV in Wales we have been impressed with the commitment and approach from both the MOD and the Welsh Government in making this project work. We continue to work with the Welsh Government in areas like recruitment to ensure we are able to meet our project timescales.”
The first stage of building on the St Athan site includes the creation of the customer and staff reception areas, administration and management offices and the employee restaurant. The contract for this was awarded to local Welsh firm TRJ Contracting, says Aston Martin.
The second phase of work will commence in April 2017 when Aston Martin says it will gain access to the three Ministry of Defence ‘Super Hangars’ that will house the new manufacturing facility.
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said: “We are delighted that Aston Martin has chosen to locate its new manufacturing facility here in Wales. The move is fantastic news for the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas, and will provide a real boost to the local economy, resulting in thousands of high quality jobs both within Aston Martin and the wider supply chain."