Aston Martin progresses new production facility

The site of the new facility at St Athan in Glamorgan

Aston Martin has appointed a construction partner for the second phase of work on its new factory project in Wales.

The sports car manufacturer has appointed local firm, T Richard Jones to complete the conversion contract at the former MoD facility in St Athan.

TRJ had secured work on the initial contract for Phase 1 of the project, which was awarded in December.

Work is already underway at St Athan and will focus on turning the three ‘super hangars’ into Aston Martin’s new manufacturing facility.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO, said: “This is yet another step on our journey in Wales, with the facility now starting to take shape. TRJ have proven themselves during ‘Phase 1’ and we look forward to working with them over the course of this next phase of the project.”

In February 2016, Warwickshire-based Aston Martin announced that it had chosen St Athan from 20 potential global locations – including ones in the West Midlands – as its second manufacturing facility.

A recruitment drive last year began the search for up to 750 new employees who will work at the facility. Over 40 employees who will work at St Athan have already been hired and are working and training at the company’s primary manufacturing facility in Gaydon.

The Welsh factory will build the company’s new crossover vehicle, while production of its next-generation sports cars will be focused at Gaydon, with the new DB11, the replacement for the iconic DB9, the first to be produced.

Gaydon will also be the production base for the all-electric RapidE, with work slated to start in 2018.