Rolls-Royce announces Bognor Regis expansion

LUXURY car firm Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced it will open a new Technology and Logistics Centre at Bognor Regis.

The firm announced the news today (September 8), and the new 30,000 square metre plant will be located on the Oldlands Farm Business Park on the northern edge of Bognor Regis.

The designs for the Bognor Regis Rolls-Royce centre

The designs for the Bognor Regis Rolls-Royce centre

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive officer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “I am delighted to announce our new Technology and Logistics Centre, which reflects the sustainable development and ongoing success of our business.

“Every Rolls-Royce motor car is built at the home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and this new facility will provide the required local logistics support for our current and future models.

“Rolls-Royce is a British manufacturing success and we remain fully committed to building our future here in West Sussex.”

The site was been identified by Arun District Council as part of its Enterprise Bognor Regis initiative.

The area is being developed as a new premier business location in West Sussex, reserved for mixed office, industrial and supporting development to deliver a new generation of buildings in a high quality environment to sustain both newly established and growing businesses. Rolls-Royce will be the first major business to take advantage of the initiative.

The Technology and Logistics Centre will consolidate three current operations – an inbound warehouse for production parts; a distribution centre, including an inbound body store and finished car store and a workshop for car preparation.

The centre will be situated to take advantage of the forthcoming Bognor Regis Northern Relief Road, due to open in 2015.

Around 200 people will be employed at the centre, with a number of new roles created in addition to those transferred from existing logistics functions. The Technology and Logistics Centre is planned to be fully operational in early 2016.

However, Mr Müller-Ötvös said Goodwood will remain the home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The move has seen praise from local politicians and leaders in the community who have welcomed the firm’s plans.

Nick Gibb MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, said: “To have attracted a company of the calibre of Rolls-Royce to Bognor Regis is a major coup for our town. The association of Rolls-Royce with Bognor Regis, Chichester, Goodwood and West Sussex can only help the long term economic prosperity of the area. Credit and thanks should go to Arun District Council’s leadership and hard work and the Board of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for the opportunities this new facility will deliver for our town.”

Councillor Gill Brown, leader of Arun District Council, said: “This is exceptionally good news for Bognor Regis and the district as a whole. We are delighted that Rolls-Royce has chosen to base their new Technology and Logistics Centre at Enterprise Bognor Regis.

“The council is committed to supporting business growth and the creation of more employment opportunities in the area. The foresight shown by the council to retain this strategic site for employment uses and progress a Local Development Order is evidence that we are very much open and ready for business. This is a significant step forward for the regeneration of Bognor Regis and I am confident more will come in the near future. We welcome Rolls-Royce and look forward to future opportunities to work together.”

Ron Crank, chief executive of Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We very much welcome this new investment and further expansion by Rolls-Royce in West Sussex. It will help our region to remain at the cutting edge of automotive design, logistics and manufacture, whilst creating opportunities for local people to develop careers with a globally renowned company.”