Rolls-Royce to build £250m hub in Coventry

Posted on 9 Nov 2017 by Jonny Williamson

Rolls-Royce to lead the regeneration of the surplus areas of its site at Ansty, near Coventry, proposing a 2m sq ft industrial scheme with a gross development value of in excess of £250m.

This turbofan jet engine is the power plant for the Airbus A350 XWB - image courtesy of Rolls-Royce.
Rolls-Royce to lead the regeneration of the surplus areas of its site at Ansty, near Coventry .

The scheme is intended to complement and extend the success of Ansty Park by providing land and buildings for the manufacturing community.

The site comprises 200 acres located immediately to the south of Ansty Park.

Ansty Park was the site where the UK’s first rocket, Blue Streak, was developed and the rocket engines for the only British launched satellite in 1971, Prospero, were manufactured.

Latterly it has been a fast jet repair centre providing support for fighter aircraft for customers throughout the world.

Ansty Park is a 1.5m sq ft technology park with a dedicated dual carriageway connecting it to Junction 2 of the M6 and the M69 and A46.

The park is anchored by MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) which represents a £40.5m publicly funded investment aimed at high technology manufacturing.

It has more than 65 industrial members including Rolls-Royce, Aero Engine Controls, Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Hewlett-Packard, Nikon, Sandvic & Siemens.

Other occupiers include Sainsbury’s Head Office and Call Centre, AVL Electronics, Fanuc and London Taxi Company for the manufacture of the new electrically powered taxi.

Rolls-Royce will be retaining a key manufacturing facility on the site, producing fan cases for its large civil aero engines.

David Mitchell, Managing Partner of Manse, said: “Having successfully gained planning permission and delivered sales for Rolls-Royce on the company’s site in East Kilbride, this appointment is an excellent opportunity to work with them again.

“This is a site of such national significance, we are very excited to be involved. We look forward to delivering all the necessary consents that will be needed to unlock the sites’ potential.”

Richard Smith, managing partner of Opus Land, said: “This site represents a unique opportunity to bring economic benefits of a significant scale to the region and is set to become one of the most important redevelopment sites in the Midlands.

“It enjoys a location and scale capable of accommodating a range of occupiers with the ability to provide a single building of more than 500,000 sq. ft.

“The redevelopment of this brownfield site has the potential to create thousands of new jobs and generate new business rates as well as helping to safeguard green belt land that might otherwise be released to meet pent up demand in the industrial sector.”