Bentley is investing £40m into its Crewe headquarters as part of a phased expansion that will see the development of a new R&D centre and the creation of over 300 jobs.
The luxury car manufacturer said the new 45,000m²centre will include a dedicated styling studio and a technical workshop.
The facilities will house 1,300 Bentley engineers and is the latest step in preparing Bentley’s infrastructure to bring the world’s first ultra-luxury SUV to market in 2016. Work on the new developments will commence early next year.
In addition, 300 roles have been created, working within engineering, manufacturing, quality, sales and marketing and project management.
In a statement, Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said: ‘With Bentley’s new research and development centre, we will develop a new generation of Bentleys, which will continue our commitment of luxury, performance, quality and engineering excellence.
‘Bentley is the number one luxury car manufacturer in the world and driving more investment into our headquarters and attracting talent is key to continuing our success.’
Including these latest roles, Bentley has now announced the creation of over 950 jobs in the past 18 months, during which time the business has produced record sales. In 2013, the company delivered 10,120 cars, and expects to break that figure in 2014. The company also committed to an £800m investment over three years in product and facility development, with today’s announcement increasing investment to £840m.