Jaguar Land Rover has scooped one of the top awards at the region’s biggest property event.
The new £500 million Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54 South Staffordshire was one of 53 projects battling it out for top honours at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) West Midlands Awards.
The huge plant, which will cover 775,000 sq ft of the i54 development site when it is completed next year, will produce the next-generation Ingenium engines for cars like the new Jaguar XE saloon, due to go on sale in 2015.
It scooped the regeneration award at the region’s property ‘Oscars’, hailed for the impact it is having on the regeneration of the wider region.
The judges said: “The new engine production facility has specialist equipment, engine assembly, offices and ancillary facilities.
“Part of the wider i54 regeneration, JLR’s new facility is contributing to the area’s wider regeneration through the engagement with the local community during the planning process, engagement with local schools and significantly impacting the area’s growth prospects through the creation of approximately 1,400 jobs.”