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West Midlands Gigafactory

West Midlands Gigafactory’s mission is to create the UK’s largest battery manufacturing facility in the heart of the UK automotive industry.

The West Midlands Gigafactory is a strategically crucial investment for the region and the UK. It will play a major role in securing the future of the automotive industry.

The goal is to help drive the world’s transition to sustainable energy through electric vehicles. At full capacity, the Gigafactory will be able to produce up to 60GWh – enough to power 600,000 electric vehicles per year – and will be ready for production in 2025.

It will be one of the largest new industrial facilities of any kind in the UK. The project will inject a £2.5bn investment into the region and create up to 6,000 new highly skilled jobs directly and many more in the supply chain.

West Midlands Gigafactory is a public private joint venture partnership between Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd. It has support from a unique alliance of West Midlands industrial groups, local government, and academic institutions. This alliance includes the West Midlands Combined Authority, Warwick District Council, Warwickshire County Council, Rugby Borough Council, Warwick Manufacturing Group at University of Warwick, Coventry University and the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Key facts

• Value: £2.5bn + GDV
• Site Size: 500,000m2
• Jobs: 6,500
• Timescale: 2025
• Delivery Timescale: 1 – 5 years

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Why invest in Coventry and Warwick?

Talent, creativity, connectivity and culture are driving local development across Coventry & Warwickshire – a dynamic region in the UK Midlands.

With a 1,000-year history, we are looking to the future with local development being driven by cutting-edge technology.

Engineering and design expertise, combined with state-of-the-art research, led by the area’s two internationally respected universities, has seen it emerge as a forerunner in the development of the next generation of EV and connected autonomous vehicles. Key developments include, plans for a new 500,000sqm+ West Midlands battery ‘gigafactory’ , 37ha of employment land for manufacturing south of MIRA Technology Park and the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (a £130m strategic investment in the UK battery supply chain).

Culture and creativity are also proving a strong catalyst for investment. Coventry as the UK City of Culture in 2021and 2022 has seen a national cultural focus on the city and the visitor economy and later this year the region will play a leading role in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Coventry & Warwickshire is also home to one of the largest video game development clusters in the UK, employing over 3,000 people, anchored around Leamington Spa which equates to over 10 % of the UK workforce located here and will form a key part of the new Leamington Creative Quarter project.

Insight for investors

• Type of Investment Sought: Range including partnership, direct development or co-investment
• Target Investor(s): Global Scale Battery Manufacturers, capital investors or JV’s
• Value and cost info: £2.5bn + GDV
• Site Size: 500,000m2
• Jobs: 6,500
• Timescale: 2025
• Delivery Timescale: 1 – 5 years
• Planning Status: Outline planning consent granted by both Warwick District Council and Coventry City Council

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Primary promoter

Coventry City Council & Coventry Airport Limited