Gravity lands a game-changing gigafactory

LDA’s strategic placemaking work for Gravity Smart Campus helped to create the conditions for significant investment that would bring high-value green jobs in new technologies into the area.

Agratas, Tata Group’s global battery business, has chosen Gravity Smart Campus near Bridgwater, Somerset, as the site for its new multi-billion pound, 40 Gwh battery manufacturing gigafactory. This is a £4 billion investment into the area, which is expected to create 4,000 new jobs in green energy and be a catalyst for clean growth across the region.

LDA Design worked closely with Salamanca Group on an initial strategy, vision and masterplan for Gravity, to create the UK’s first commercial ‘smart campus’. LDA’s strategic placemaking work helped to create the conditions for significant investment that would bring high-value green jobs in new technologies into the area, and ensured local stakeholders were informed, engaged, and supportive.

Remediation of the 616-acre campus site was completed in 2020 and in 2022, with a wider team led by Stantec, a Local Development Order for the site was secured.

Agratas are taking half the site in a once-in-a-generation decision for the area. The company will forge close connections with local colleges and the universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Cardiff and the West of England, creating fantastic new opportunities at the forefront of green energy.

RH Lord David Triesman, Director at Salamanca Group & This is Gravity, said, “The team which delivered the Tata Group/Agratas gigafactory site has proved that if you have the right ingredients, you can create a feast for the UK.”

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