Ground broken on new Dowty headquarters in Gloucester

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Leading aerospace manufacturer Dowty Propellers has begun work on its major new manufacturing facility at Gloucester Business Park.

The centre in Hucclecote will be the new business headquarters of the company which makes aircraft propeller systems for both the military and for civilian life.

It will include manufacturing space and office accommodation as well as the production and repair facility.

The site is expected to be read for operation use by the end of 2019.

In 2017, Dowty Propellers announced its commitment to continue operations in the Gloucester area following a fire that destroyed its operating headquarters and blade manufacturing facility in February 2015.

Dowty President Oliver Towers said: “Our investment in the new facility demonstrates our commitment to the future of Dowty Propellers and the future potential of our people and products.

“We’ve built a strong heritage in the area and are proud that we are continuing our history of working in Gloucester. This new facility will allow us to operate in a bespoke environment that ensures we continue our position as a world leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of electronically controlled, all-composite propeller systems.”

The ceremony was attended by a host of dignitaries from organisations including Arlington, owners of Gloucester Business Park, and Winvic Construction, and it officially marked the commencement of construction.

Aerospace Minister Richard Harrington said: “This announcement is another vote of confidence in the UK’s world-class aerospace manufacturing and engineering industry. Dowty’s new facility will pioneer technologies for both civil and military aircraft and this decision shows how our modern Industrial Strategy is ensuring the UK remains a hub for high-skilled work and technology both now and in the future.”