Lotus’s Hethel headquarters is to obtain a multi-million-pound renovation because the model approaches its 70th birthday, with a brand new buyer expertise centre, heritage centre and museum all deliberate for development.
The renovation is a transparent signal of funding by Lotus’s new proprietor, Geely; the Chinese language big took management of the British model in mid-2017. Geely plans to speculate £1.5 billion within the model, with a view to pushing Lotus right into a league nearer to Porsche by way of manufacturing quantity and merchandise.
The brand new buildings have been designed by architects Feilden and Mawson, who beforehand labored with Lotus on renovating its Basic Group Lotus buildings in 2016.
Hethel is a former WW2 airbase, acquired in 1966 by firm founder Colin Chapman. Lotus’s unique buildings will even be renovated within the website’s refresh, together with Chapman’s former workplace and the corporate’s clubhouse, which was initially the airbase management tower.
Most imposing among the many new builds, nonetheless, is the two-storey buyer expertise centre, which overlooks the location and is positioned alongside the Hethel check observe pit lane. A glass two-floor show space will home the model’s vary for buyer viewings and can function an on-site specification space for patrons.
Lotus boss Feng Qingfeng mentioned: “The progress of those developments at Hethel demonstrates our dedication to Lotus and its shiny future. Hethel is rightly the centre of the model, and what higher place for clients, aspiring house owners and workers to expertise our values? Hethel is, and can all the time be, the guts of Lotus, and our plans are the following step in readying the location for the following 50 years.”
The plans are revealed as Lotus prepares its 70th birthday celebrations, though the brand new amenities are unlikely to be open earlier than the tip of the yr.
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