Jul 6, 2010
WOKING, UK (July 6, 2010) – The £40 million McLaren Production Centre (MPC) construction programme continues to proceed ahead of schedule at the McLaren Group’s headquarters in Woking, England after four months of the 12 month project.
Since the May 4th MPC announcement (see below), the key phases on-site have involved major concrete piling and structural works that have formed the basement slab, structural columns and the initial pouring of the wall structures, plus the introduction of three large tower cranes, and major earth movements for landscaping and re-contouring. Over 200 people are now employed on-site.
Alan Foster, Operations Director at McLaren Automotive said: “The MPC programme is progressing as successfully as our other projects at McLaren. We set the same challenges for the MPC as for developing our 12C sports car, or trying to win Grands Prix. We ask ourselves, ‘how can we do this better, faster, or in an innovative or new way that challenges the traditional?’
“The great weather we have had this spring, plus the attention to detail we embedded in the project from day one with our architects, surveyors, and contractors, is paying dividends as the project continues to proceed ahead of schedule.”
WOKING, UK (May 4, 2010) - McLaren Automotive’s plans for the launch of the first in its range of premium high-performance sports cars have received a further boost this week as its new home begins to take shape. The McLaren Production Centre (MPC) at McLaren’s global headquarters in Woking, UK, is just eight weeks into its construction and is already ahead of schedule. McLaren’s and its construction partners’ detailed planning and consultation processes, as well as the good weather experienced in the UK over recent weeks, have contributed to the project’s impressive speed off the line.
Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive, said: “We’ve approached the MPC planning and construction programme in the same rigorous and detailed manner as we would start a Grand Prix season or as we’ve managed the research, development and launch of our new McLaren Automotive car company.
“Every aspect has been considered, and solutions resolved, whether it be on the production facility’s timing and layout, the local sensitivities regarding the practical, logistical and environmental impact of the new facility, or how we deal with details such as keeping the site and surrounding roads as clean and as traffic-free as possible. It’s very important to me, to all at McLaren, and to our partners in this project that the MPC is not only brought to life on time and on budget, but that it’s also completed in a way that supports the Woking area and its community.
“I was born in Woking and am proud that McLaren is the town’s biggest employer as well as being a genuine global leader in technological innovation and high-value manufacturing. With that in mind, it’s great news for all concerned that the MPC is already ahead of schedule.”
Works on the MPC build programme started on Monday 1st March as scheduled following a very thorough planning process that took into account all local concerns over the MPC’s impact on traffic and jobs, as well as the environmental and visual impact. McLaren worked closely with a number of local groups whose members had expressed doubts over the development, reassuring all concerned that the MPC would make minimal visual impact on the local environment, whilst economically and industrially supporting Woking as a world-leading centre of manufacturing innovation and technology.
The MPC aims to reflect the environmental credentials of the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC), McLaren’s award-winning Woking headquarters, and examples of the environmentally sensitive and detailed development programme that McLaren is undertaking include:
The MPC build programme is a technical and engineering challenge in itself. Set a rapid timescale of approximately one year from the start of construction to the production of the first 12C high-performance sports car, McLaren and its partners in the programme, Fosters & Partners and Terence O’Rourke, are well on course to open the doors to the 33,000m2 innovative new car production centre in the first half of 2011.
Highlights of the build programme include:
Ron Dennis added: “I’m pleased to be able to say that 2010 has been a fantastically exciting year so far at McLaren. The successful start to the MPC build programme follows our global launch of the new sports car company in March and a winning start to this season’s Formula 1 world championship for our Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team.
“We already have nearly 2,000 car enthusiasts expressing an interest in our first car, the 12C; we’ve already won two of the first four Grands Prix so far this season, including a one-two in China, and we’re currently leading both the Constructors’ World Championship and the Driver’s World Championship.
“Moreover, we’re already almost two weeks ahead of schedule on the MPC. The construction programme is yet another reflection of the passion of everyone at McLaren for the company to be the most innovative, most successful, and most respected sports car and motorsport business in the world, both now and in the future.”
MPC and MP4-12C in detail
The MPC will be the home of McLaren Automotive’s range of high-performance and highly efficient sports cars, supporting up to 800 jobs and manufacturing around 4,000 cars by the middle of the decade. New standards of quality will be introduced into the sports car market, as well as innovative new technologies unique to McLaren. All components on the cars are bespoke to McLaren.
The first 12C customer cars will be built in the Production Hall at the McLaren Technology Centre in late 2010, approximately three months before production transfers to the brand new McLaren Production Centre. They will follow the same build and quality processes that McLaren Automotive developed for the £300,000-plus carbonfibre based Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
However, in a revolutionary step that allows the 12C to retail at around half that price point, McLaren will introduce an innovative one-piece carbonfibre chassis structure known as the MonoCell: the first time that such a lightweight, safe and strong structure has been offered on a series production car in this market segment.
McLaren Automotive’s production strategy offers the best of both hand-built and ‘lean’ production processes. Fine-tuned during the SLR programme, it delivered cars built to the highest qualities expected by Mercedes-Benz, contributing to total production of 2,114 SLRs: a record number for any car in the £300,000-500,000 price point and any car built on a carbonfibre chassis.
The new MPC manufacturing facility will take the best of the company’s production processes and provide the perfect base to tailor-make up to 1,000 12C’s in 2011. It will exhibit a clear McLaren style and will espouse all the virtues of the MTC.
The MPC will be just two minutes by foot from the MTC, and production engineers and planners will therefore continue to benefit from the instant access they currently enjoy to the research, design and engineering teams in McLaren Automotive and McLaren Racing.
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