There’s barely a hint of St Athan’s former life as a major Ministry of Defence facility, beyond the impressive scale and the distant memory of a Hercules transport aircraft or two being dwarfed by these three “super hangars”. St Athan’s scale is still an impressive sight to behold and come 2019, up to 750 employees will transform these spaces into a hive of activity, as Rapide E production begins, alongside preparation for Aston Martin’s first ever SUV. 150 people have already been hired, working on the substantial logistical challenge of planning a production line from scratch, incorporating high technology, hand finishing and the many, many stages of quality control required for every Aston Martin. The third and final phase will see the production line equipment installed and tested.
For now, take a tour of this pristine space, soon to become one of the most important places in Aston Martin history.