Work is now well under way on the inside of £500m JLR engine plant

Work on the first phase of Jaguar Land Rover’s £500 million engine manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Wolverhampton has moved to the interior of the giant buildings.

Workers laying the concrete floor inside the new JLR engine plant at the i54 site
Workers laying the concrete floor inside the new JLR engine plant at the i54 site

Birmingham-based Interserve Construction has completed the steel-frame structure and cladding of the first 753,500 sq ft of units.

This week workers have begun laying the concrete floors in readiness for the fitting out of the manufacturing area and installation of machinery.

JLR expects the first engines to roll off the production line in 2015.

It announced earlier this year that it planned to begin work on the second phase, which will increase numbers to be employed at the site to about 1,400 and the size of the plant to over a million sq ft.

The booming car company will make a new generation of lightweight, four-cylinder, low emission diesel and petrol engines at its new site.

JLR has already taken on its first apprentices, who will work at the site, and has begun advertising for engineers.

It is expected that the first JLR staff will begin work at the new complex in the next few weeks on the initial stages of preparing the engine manufacturing centre to begin production.