Dyson has revealed plans to open a second UK technology campus in the Cotswolds, as part of a £2.5bn investment that will support its development of new battery technologies and robotics.
The 2,000,000m2 campus, based near Dyson’s Malmesbury headquarters on former Ministry of Defence land at Hullavington, Wiltshire will increase the tech company’s geographical footprint in the UK tenfold.
The announcement comes after Dyson hinted that the company would be incorporating more artificial intelligence (AI) into its products in the future.
“A global hub for our research and development”
Dyson founder, James Dyson, says: “After 25 years of UK growth, and continuing expansion globally, we are fast outgrowing our Malmesbury Campus. The Hullavington Campus is an investment for our future, creating a global hub for our research and development endeavours.”
He adds that the new centre will enable the company to create jobs in the Cotswolds.
Dyson’s engineering team is set to grow by over 50% in the next year, due to the opening of a new “24-hour” tech centre in Singapore and the expansion of its research and manufacturing campus in Malmesbury.
“Vote of confidence in our modern industrial strategy”
Commenting on the announcement of the Hullavington tech campus, prime minister Theresa May, says: “This investment is a vote of confidence in our modern industrial strategy and our determination to cement the UK’s position as a world leader in high-tech engineering.
“Dyson’s exporting strength and commitment to creating jobs in Britain is a real success story that demonstrates the opportunity that our plan to create a truly global Britain can present.”
Preparation work on the campus will begin this month, and it will be occupied from the end of 2017. There are currently no visualisations of the new site available.