Manufacturer Britishvolt, who has offices in Peterborough, has announced the strengthening of its design team with the appointment of Ridge and the Rolton Group. They will collaborate with Britishvolt and Italian design house Pininfarina, to design, engineer and build the UK’s first battery Gigaplant at the former RAF base of Bro Tathan in South Wales.
The Gigaplant, which is planned to cover 2.5 million square feet, will produce green lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). The new factory will be the result of an estimated £1.2 billion investment and will include a solar park for sustainable and low carbon production of batteries.
Multidiscipline Property and Construction Consultants Ridge and Partners LLP (Ridge) will provide Project Management, Design Management, Executive Architecture, Technical Coordination and Digital Design. The Rolton Group will provide key engineering advice and technical expertise so that the Gigaplant is designed to deliver the lithium-ion batteries in an energy efficient state-of-the-art building. The Ridge and Rolton Group collaboration will also be intrinsic in targeting a net zero carbon manufacturing facility for Britishvolt.
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 our goal.
“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 forwards.
“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.”