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NG Bailey is to build the UK’s first gigaplant, which will produce lithium-ion battery technology for the automotive and renewable energy sectors.
The project will be overseen by project director and
automotive plant specialist Ray Macera, with NG Bailey leading the
construction, automotive manufacturing engineering expert Rolton Group providing
engineering design, Ridge and Partners providing project management of architecture,
and Savills leading on infrastructure, property and planning consultancy.
The new gigaplant is being designed by Italian design
experts Pininfarina. It will be built on a former RAF base in Bro Tathan, South
Wales and will house client Britishvolt’s manufacturing and research and
Both NG Bailey and Ridge and Partners have recently helped
deliver the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UK BIC) in Coventry which has
been funded by the government backed Faraday Battery Challenge.
Britishvolt CEO, Orral Nadjari said: “Our mission is for the
gigaplant to begin supplying the automotive and energy industries with
world-class batteries, powering the electric revolution. So it’s essential that
we hire world-class talent and forge leading partnerships to help us achieve
“With these highly experienced new partners leading the
construction phase we have the expertise to build and equip a gigaplant that
will be transformative for UK car-making, the renewable energy industry and the
entire British economy.
“We already have momentum, working and deploying capital
expenditure early in the process so that we can accurately assess, the level of
UK government support that will be required to enable us to move the project
“We’re also working with agility and speed. Thanks to
previous experience with the UK BIC plant, we have achieved more progress in
the past five weeks than similar projects have done in six months.”
Britishvolt project director, Ray Macera said: “It’s
exciting to be involved in such a strategically important project for Britain’s
industrial future. Building a gigaplant in Wales is a giant task but with such
a focused mission and such strength in depth with the pedigree of Britishvolt’s
appointed partners we are already off to a strong start.”