Dyson has outlined the next development phase of its Hullavington campus following its recent occupation of the restored hangars at Hullavington Airfield, near Malmesbury.
Together with Sterling Prize winning architect Chris Wilkinson, Dyson is already restoring and enhancing the airfield, breathing life back into the historic World War Two hangars to create state-of-the-art engineering work spaces.
Dyson has so far invested £84 million into its new technology centre with the restoration of the first two 1938 hangars. 400 members of Dyson automotive team have now moved into the advanced automotive space and a further three buildings are on course for delivery over the coming months, providing an additional 15,000 sqm of testing space.
The phase two plan outlines the next stage in the airfield’s development and would take Dyson’s investment to £200 million. The planning application includes over ten miles of vehicle test tracks for vehicle development and verification. In addition it outlines 45,000 sqm of new development space which could accommodate over 2,000 people as well as a café; sports centre; recreation space; and supporting technical facilities.
The testing track proposals include a Dynamic Handling Track – a specialised track to assess and tune all aspects of ride, handling, steering and brakes
A Vehicle Stability Dynamic Platform – a large asphalt covered area for testing vehicle manoeuvrability
An Off Road Route – a mixed driving route that simulates the challenges of driving off road through soft and varied terrain
A Hill and Handling Road Route – a simulation of a challenging fast road route incorporating corners of differing severity and changes in altitude
Fast Road Route –a track to test a vehicle up to its maximum speed as well as the functionality of advanced driver assistance systems
Test Slopes – differing gradients for testing powertrain functionality
Jim Rowan, Dyson, CEO, said: “Our growing automotive team is now working from Dyson’s state-of-the-art hangars at Hullavington Airfield. It will quickly become a world-class vehicle testing campus where we hope to invest £200m, creating more high-skilled jobs for Britain. We are now firmly focused on the next stage of our automotive project strengthening our credentials as a global research and development organisation”