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Goodwood plant

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Goodwood plant
Dull weather at Rolls-Royce plant, Goodwood. - Flickr - Supermac1961.jpg
General information
LocationWesthampnett near Chichester, West Sussex, England
Coordinates50°51′13″N 00°44′40″W / 50.85361°N 0.74444°W / 50.85361; -0.74444
Opened1 January 2003
Technical details
Structural systemSteel frame
Design and construction
ArchitectSir Nicholas Grimshaw

The Goodwood plant serves as the headquarters, design, manufacturing and assembly centre for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Officially opened on 1 January 2003, the plant is situated on a site covering 42 acres (17 ha). The plant has been expanded since. Over 1,700 workers are currently employed at Goodwood. At present (2017) the plant produces approximately 20 cars a day.[1]

History

After BMW bought the rights to the Rolls-Royce brand as applied to motor cars from Vickers plc, it required a new manufacturing plant in which to build the new cars. Rolls-Royce cars had until this time been built at the Crewe plant, but both the plant and the Bentley brand had been sold to the Volkswagen Group.

BMW came to an agreement with the Earl of March to buy a greenfield site on his Goodwood Estate, near Chichester, West Sussex. The original plant, located close to Goodwood Circuit and Westhampnett village, cost £65 million. BMW engaged architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, the architect of the Eden Project in Cornwall. Designed to fit into its environment, the plant cannot be viewed from the road, in part thanks to a 3.5 ha "living roof" planted with sedum plants, the largest such roof in the UK.[2] Other features help the 42-acre site blend in with the surrounding countryside, such as the planting of 400,000 plants and over 120 species of trees, as well as limestone and cedar cladding on the buildings.[3] The plant is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which may make further expansion difficult.[4]

Technology and Logistics Centre

Rolls-Royce opened its new Technology and Logistics Centre (TLC) in January 2016. The 30,000 square metres (320,000 sq ft) facility is located in Bognor Regis, eight miles from the Goodwood plant. The TLC provides logistics support to the manufacturing plant for current and future models, and consolidates three operations: an inbound warehouse for production parts, a distribution centre – including an inbound body store and finished car store – and a workshop. The TLC will be extended in late-2017 by almost 10,000 square metres (110,000 sq ft) to meet growing demand and in readiness for future models, such as the Cullinan. The expansion will give the TLC the same overall footprint as the Goodwood plant.[1]

Models produced

Former models produced

References

  1. ^ a b "Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Press Kit". Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Rolls-Royce factory goes green". The Daily Telegraph. 3 September 2001.
  3. ^ Raynal, Wes (18 April 2011). "Like a Good Neighbor". AutoWeek. 61 (8): 20.
  4. ^ Jimi Beckwith (26 July 2017). Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV on course to rival Bentayga in 2018. Autocar. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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This page was last edited on 17 July 2020, at 02:47
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