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Britishvolt makes key appointments as it moves ahead with UK’s first battery gigaplant

Britishvolt has appointed the project director and new partners that will help lead development of the UK’s first battery gigaplant.

The Gigafactory would be built alongside a 200MW solar plant, at the former RAF base at Bro Tathan, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

Britishvolt’s manufacturing and R&D facilities will also be built at the same location.

Ray Macera has been appointed as project director and he will report to Britishvolt chief executive Orral Nadjari.

Macera joins Britishvolt as a veteran of leading large-scale automotive projects, most recently, the Gestamp pressing facility that supplies Jaguar Land Rover’s Nitra plant in Slovakia.

Key partners have also been contracted to help deliver the project.

NG Bailey, the independent engineering construction business, will lead the gigaplant’s build.

Ridge and Partners will be providing project management of the architecture. 

Both businesses have recently helped deliver the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UK BIC) in Coventry which has been funded by the government backed Faraday Battery Challenge.

Additionally, automotive manufacturing company Rolton Group have been selected to undertake all engineering design.

Property company Savills are undertaking infrastructure and planning services.

Nadjari said: “Our mission is for the gigaplant to begin supplying the automotive and energy industries with world-class batteries, powering the electric revolution.

“So it’s essential that we hire world-class talent and forge leading partnerships to help us achieve our goal.”

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