Construction of new Aston Martin factory underway

Finley Crebolder
Lance Stroll on a lap at Silverstone. Great Britain July 2021

Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll on a lap during British Grand Prix practice. Great Britain July 2021

Construction work has officially started on the new Aston Martin factory, the British team have announced.

Back in 2019, shortly after Lawrence Stroll led a takeover of the team then known as Racing Point, they announced plans to build and move into a brand new factory on their Silverstone site.

The initial plan was to make the move in the summer of this year, but such plans were then delayed due to the global pandemic.

As a result, the move-in date was pushed back by a year to August of 2022, and the team is now on-track to meet that target, with them announcing that construction is underway.

In said announcement, Stroll stated that the move outlines their ambition to win titles in Formula 1.

“It is inspiring to look at where we are now in the context of the architectural and organisational challenges and ambitions that lie ahead,” said the Canadian businessman.

“Our new buildings reflect not only the scope of our determination to become a World Championship-winning force, but also the scale of our growth and development as an organisation.

“I feel strongly that any building is a powerful representation of the people who work within it, and I am thrilled that we are creating a new home in which people can work, collaborate, create and win together.”

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The teams’ current facilities at Silverstone are largely the same as they were back when the outfit was known as Jordan from 1991 to 2005.

While team principal Otmar Szafnauer feels that it’s a part of the sport’s history, he says a bigger space is needed, in large part due to the ever-increasing number of staff employed, and that it will only improve the site and area.

“Our existing Silverstone factory is a little piece of Formula One history – but, as an organisation, we have outgrown it,” he said.

“What is more, we will require even more space as we continue to build our headcount over the next few years.

“We are indebted to the local council for their help and understanding throughout the design and consultation phase; we feel like we are creating a landmark that will express and enhance the values and investment that have made the Silverstone Technology Park and Motorsport Valley essential locations for the British technology industry.”