Beck & Pollitzer helps power up new JLR engine plant
We are pleased to announce that Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has contracted us to bring to life its £500 million new advanced engine facility at i54 South Staffordshire, a business park near Wolverhampton. Work has already commenced on this project and it is scheduled for completion mid 2015.
The new plant, which will create 750 highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing posts along with thousands more skilled manufacturing jobs in the supply chain and the wider UK economy when it is operational and have a capacity of 450,000 new engines a year, is one of the largest investments of its type ever made in the British motor industry. The project was announced by JLR in September 2011 and a later announcement expanded the original concept enabling the new plant to manufacture a range of engine types.
When the project was announced Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, JLR, said: “As part of our long-term strategy for the JLR business, we will design, engineer and manufacture a new family of advanced engines. This is a major commitment for our company”.
Under the terms of its multi million pound contract, B&P is undertaking the full Construction, Design and Management (CDM) role in the commissioning process as principal contractor. This includes full time project management and the provision of all necessary engineering and mechanical resources to ensure the efficient installation of over 625 items of machinery in the machining hall, engine assembly and associated test and ancillary areas within the new plant.
B&P will be managing all health and safety aspects of the commissioning process involving the activities not only of its own engineers on site but also those of direct workers, specialist contractors and equipment makers in addition to JLR’s own personnel who need to enter or work within the CDM areas of the factory. In total there will be up to 100 B&P staff on site and B&P will manage the activities of a further 150 contractors staff.
B&P was also chosen to carry out the offloading and installation of all new machinery and equipment to complete the new machining lines and assembly hall plus additional ancillary equipment required for the engine production.
During the rigorous JLR tendering process and contract discussions, we were able to demonstrate to JLR our exceptional depth of experience in completing similar installations and scope of supply for other major automotive manufacturers in recent years. This track record provided the assurance and confidence that we could deliver the project to the JLR requirements.
B&P has a proven track record of carrying out major installation projects within the automotive sector, providing engineers with particular expertise in the installation of engine manufacturing lines and the associated ancillary equipment, together with excellent relationships with the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) suppliers and other support companies.
Tony Percival, B&P’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to win the commissioning management and installation role at this major new JLR facility. We are proud to be part of such a large investment programme which will further enhance the standing of the UK, and particularly of the West Midlands, the traditional heartland of the British automotive industry and a key investment region for our company”.