JAN 01] MARCONI NEWS
Marconi Gets Green Light For Jobs Spree
is shortly to begin on Marconi’s £200 million new site that
will bring thousands of jobs to Coventry and provide a spaceage
gateway to the region.
BUILDING WHICH WILL APPEAR SOON AT THE EDGE OF COVENTRY
company announced last year that it would be leaving its home in
New Century Park for a bigger site on a disused airfield at
Ansty to allow for expansion.
permission has now been given for the development, and work is
expected to start in a fortnight.
than 60 per cent of the 5,000 staff who will eventually be based
at the site will be working in research and development of new
optical fibres. The rest of the jobs will be taken up with
marketing staff and support staff.
these jobs, 2,500 will be new positions. Marconi is currently
souring universities and colleges in search of electronic
engineers to recruit.
firm has been based at New Century park in one guise or other
since 1946 when GEC was based there.
site will be redeveloped and it is expected that 2,000 new jobs
could be attracted there. There will also be more than 1,000
construction jobs created by the three-year building project at
Marconi spokesman said the scale of the 870,000 square feet
development meant the company was making a major commitment to
OF HOW THE SITE WILL LOOK
engineers in high-value jobs will be attracted to the area, and
once they are settled then it would make it impossible to move
elsewhere in the country.
Rugby and Coventry councils have backed the development, and
Rugby Borough Council last week gave planning permission for the
first phase should be completed by summer 2002, with all the
staff being in place the following year.
spokesman said the impact the development would have on the
surrounding area would be huge. He said:
you consider that the M6 is like the gateway to the Midlands
it will be the first thing that people see of Coventry from
it was some run-down gasworks.”
high-tech development will have a feel similar to a university
zones will be built for staff to have a break and a chat with
colleagues away from the intensity of their work, and there will
be shops and other facilities.
from Ansty will be encouraged to use these facilities, because
the security will be so high-tech that there will be no fences.
staff will have electronic cards to give them access to the
buildings, meaning the open areas can be left unguarded.
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