Wednesday 14 December 2016, By Autovolo
Aston Martin has been given the go-ahead to begin building its new manufacturing facility in Wales.
The multi-million pound St Athan facility can now enter its first stage of construction after Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer and Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones met to complete the sale of the site.
In February, the sports car manufacturer announced that it had chosen the St Athan site ahead of 20 other possible options around the world. Building the factory, which will become Aston Martin’s second UK manufacturing centre, is part of the company’s £200m investment in products and facilities.
The plant has already brought new jobs to the area after Aston Martin’s summer recruitment drive resulted in the plant’s first staff members beginning their training.
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 Ministry of Defence 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 phase of construction will involve building the customer and staff reception areas, employee restaurant and administration offices.
The second phase will start in April 2017, when the company gets its hands on the three Ministry of Defence ‘Super Hangars’, which will house the manufacturing facility.
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.
“We have worked closely with Aston Martin throughout this process and I am proud that our joint hard work and co-operation will result in some 750 of our skilled workers building the Aston Martins of the future.”
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