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Gordon Murray to invest £50m in new HQ and technology campus
Gordon Murray Group has revealed plans for an all-new global headquarters at Windlesham, Surrey. The new technology campus will be built on a 54 acre site providing state-of-the-art facilities for the company’s automotive design, engineering and advanced vehicle development and manufacturing teams.
The 130,000 sq ft development, encompassing three buildings, will also see the Gordon Murray Group create more than 100 new highly skilled jobs within the next three years. Phase one of construction will create and house a vehicle manufacturing centre, customer sales and the Gordon Murray Group heritage collection. The whole site is due to be completed by the end of 2024 with a total investment of £50m.
In addition to the new Windlesham facility, the Gordon Murray Group will retain its existing facilities. Its site at Dunsfold Park, Surrey will be used to manufacture the exclusive T.50 supercar and T50s track-focused version, as well as continuing research and development in the innovative and agile iStream® manufacturing system. Its original Shalford site in Surrey will be occupied until the technology campus is finished.
Professor Gordon Murray, chairman of Gordon Murray Group, said: “This new technology campus and global headquarters is a major investment and a huge step forward for the Gordon Murray Group, as we gather momentum for the next phase of our business and our brands, spearheaded by the all-new T.50 supercar.
“Our innovative new technology campus is a fantastic new home and will give us world-class facilities that have been designed with a lot of attention to communication, workflow and social interaction – which will bring new levels of productivity to our already very efficient team.
“This new HQ is a significant investment and will create high value-added new jobs. We’re also proud to be already making a significant contribution to UK exports, and helping secure the vital UK automotive supply chain. Over 90 per cent of the content of the new T.50 comes from UK supplies, which is something that we specified from the start. It is designed, engineered and manufactured from world-class British components in Britain.
“On a personal note, I have lived and worked in Surrey for over 50 years and we look forward to working with the Surrey Heath Borough Council and the local communities to integrate our business into the borough and to sensitively develop this site which has so much potential.”
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and MP for Surrey Heath, added: “We are delighted that the Gordon Murray Group has announced moving into the Surrey Heath constituency. It is a highly respected business, globally renowned for design and technology. I am especially pleased that this will bring a number of highly-skilled new jobs to Windlesham.”
The new headquarters incorporates a revolutionary layout in the design and prototyping area of the main engineering facility, which will deliver an ultra-efficient, world-class vehicle development process. Individual build bays for prototype vehicles are sited adjacent to their respective design team with common access areas to ensure engineering teams communicate and work together efficiently.
Elsewhere on the technology campus, the new headquarters will house state-of-the-art office and presentation facilities, while a dedicated R&D structure will continue to advance the group’s leadership in automotive engineering and materials research.