Bradford Estates

A massive new car battery facility with the potential to create 3,000 new jobs could be built in Shropshire – on land owned by Bradford Estates.

Bradford Estates – who’re speaking on our upcoming Building Zero Carbon Britain Conference – are planning to develop a brand new town on land close to the M54, opening up a ‘net zero community’ including 3,000 homes and 50-hectares of employment/business space. And this could be the site of the proposed Gigafactory.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has been looking for a suitable site for the giant gigafactory – which would make lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, with the project set to boost the regional economy by more than £1bn.

Alexander Newport – Managing Director of Bradford Estates and speaker on our Building Zero Carbon Britain Conference, said: “I can confirm we’ve been working with Shropshire Council on its submission to the DIT outlining our J3 development site as a potential location for a gigafactory. We’re very pleased to be asked to help and believe that this type of project would be a huge shot in the arm for Shropshire and the wider local economy at a time when both county and country need to be focused on the post-Covid recovery.”

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street added: “It’s no secret that I’m determined to bring a gigafactory to the West Midlands. I’m very encouraged by the PM’s words in Dudley the other week which said he would back our region’s vision to become a global centre of battery technology. Not only will a gigafactory bring substantial investment into the region, but it will also help create and safeguard thousands of local jobs – both directly and in the automotive supply chain.”