These are the first images of the luxurious visitor reception area for the proposed Aston Martin car plant at St Athan.
The contract has been awarded to Ammanford construction company TRJ and a rapid conversion is underway of military buildings on the site into company offices and a VIP centre as well as restaurant for workers on site.
Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer met Welsh First Minister, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM celebrated the handover of the site to the car maker, and also present was Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, who is Vale of Glamorgan MP.
In February 2016, Aston Martin announced that it had chosen St Athan from 20 potential global locations as its second manufacturing facility as part of a £200M investment in new products and facilities. A recruitment drive this summer began the search for up to 750 new Aston Martin employees who will work at the new facility, a number of whom have already begun their training, building the new DB11 at its Gaydon Headquarters.
Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer welcomed the handover saying, “The exchanging of this contract, giving us first access to the St Athan facility, is a milestone in our 103-year history. Work now starts in earnest to turn our plans into reality.
“Since taking the decision to build our first SUV in Wales we have been impressed with the commitment and approach from both the MOD and the Welsh Government in making this project work. We continue to work with the Welsh Government in areas like recruitment to ensure we are able to meet our project timescales.”
With contracts exchanged, Aston Martin has commenced work on ‘Phase I’ which includes the creation of the customer and staff reception areas, administration and management offices and the employee restaurant. The contract for these works was awarded to 81-year-old Ammanford firm TRJ construction beating off competition from a number of larger national companies.
‘Phase II’ will commence in April 2017 when Aston Martin will gain access to the three Ministry of Defence ‘Super Hangars’ that will house the new manufacturing facility.
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said, “We are delighted that Aston Martin has chosen to locate its new manufacturing facility here in Wales. The move is fantastic news for the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas, and will provide a real boost to the local economy, resulting in thousands of high quality jobs both within Aston Martin and the wider supply chain.
“We have worked closely with Aston Martin throughout this process and I am proud that our joint hard work and co-operation will result in some 750 of our skilled workers building the Aston Martins of the future.”
Local MP and Secretary of State for Wales, Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, added, “Aston Martin choosing Wales sends a clear message to leading global companies around the world that Wales is open for business.
“We have created the ideal conditions for economic growth, which helped attract this unique and innovative car manufacturer to South Wales. Today’s announcement reflects the excellent infrastructure, a world class talent pool and businesses that have the confidence to expand in Wales.”