Interserve Plc, a UK-based international support services and construction group, has started the phase I of works at Jaguar Land Rover's new Engine Manufacturing Centre at the i54 South Staffordshire business park near Wolverhampton, UK.
Jaguar Land Rover is investing more than £500 million ($762.2 million) in the site, which will manufacture new generation of technologically advanced, lightweight, four-cylinder low emission diesel and petrol engines.
The 100,000 square metres facility will include an engine testing centre alongside manufacturing and assembly halls. Interserve will also build associated gatehouses, a service yard, HGV parking, car parking and landscaped areas.
Interserve has completed the steel frame structure and cladding for the plant. The construction work on the plant is expected to be completed in 2014 and the first engines are set to be manufactured in 2015. The plant is expected to create approximately 1,400 jobs in the region.
To develop the facility, Interserve has used BIM (Building Information Modelling) as part of the consultation and co-ordination process with Jaguar Land Rover. The sustainable features of the plant will include the use of photovoltaics, solar collectors and grey water recycling. The site is aspiring for BREEAM Excellent rating.