The site, which started life as a series of Ministry of Defense ‘Super Hangars’, is being completely transformed into a luxury manufacturing plant.
Already home to 100 employees, the paint shop at St Athan has now been fully installed and construction of the production line is well underway.
Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and group chief executive officer, says: “As the St Athan facility nears completion, there is a very real sense this is the start of a bold new era for Aston Martin Lagonda. A second production facility is a critical step in delivering our Second Century Plan. The St Athan facility will initially commence with the production of our first SUV but will ultimately be a global centre of excellence for the production of luxury high performance EVs, including Lagonda.”
Phase one construction, which involved the creation of the customer and staff reception areas, administration and management offices and the employee restaurant, was completed in February. The end of phase two, in July marked the completion of the building work at the facility
Once fully commissioned early in the first quarter of 2019, the workforce will be boosted to nearer 200. Over 70 Welsh employees are set to join the team having spent the last two-and-a-half years at Aston Martin Lagonda’s Gaydon Headquarters. This core group of experts will train new employees at the site, with the workforce steadily increasing during the first half of 2019, then increasing to more than 700 by the first quarter of 2020.