The M Sport Ford WRC Evaluation Centre in Cumbria is taking shape nicely with construction progressing well on the multimillion pound development.

The new facility is beside a 2.5KM purpose built test track and speaking about the project, M Sport Managing Director Malcolm Wilson OBE said:

“Driving into Dovenby Hall every morning, I can’t help but stop and take scope of the impressive facility we are developing here. Northern Developments are making great progress, and when you see the construction of the steelworks it really gives you a sense of scale, and a sense of what a fantastic site this is going to be.

“We are creating a unique facility where industry leaders from the motorsport and automotive sectors will have everything they need to follow a concept from design to production. I truly believe that we have something special at Dovenby Hall, and this new development is going to significantly build on that – offering Cumbria as a centre of engineering excellence.”

Northern Developments Commercial Manager Eddie Ward commented saying:

I’m very pleased with the progress being made by our site team and subcontractors in spite of the disappointing end to the summer. They have battled on moving over 15,000m3 of earth, installing the main drainage and the concrete foundations, and over the coming weeks we will see over 600 Tonnes of steel erected forming the structure of this magnificent development.

“We are proud to have worked in partnership with M-Sport at Dovenby Hall Estate since 1999 and we will ensure that this state-of-the-art facility meets their future needs and facilitates their ongoing growth – supporting the local economy both in construction and in operation. Once again this investment pays great tribute to the vision of Malcolm Wilson for the Company and his total commitment to Cumbria.”

Jo Lappin Chief Executive of Cumbria LEP said:

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership was delighted to support the development of this wonderful facility through a £1.3 million Growth Fund allocation. We’re very pleased that our contribution will help one of our iconic Cumbrian companies to lead the way on the future of mobility, take advantage of emerging opportunities and create over 100 new jobs.”

M Sport head into their home WRC event, Wales Rally GB next time out in fourth place in the Manufacturers championship.

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