TVR Factory Update
In December 2020, TVR announced that renovations to its future production facility in Ebbw Vale had been given the green light by the company’s partners in the Welsh Government. In an exciting update sent out to customers recently, it appears that work is well under way.
Above: Artist’s impression of the TVR factory in Ebbw Vale, South Wales
Preliminary works were due to start mid-January, but increased Lockdown restrictions and some rather inclement weather delayed commencement until early February.
An extensive programme of works, being steered by Jones Brothers, comprises the full replacement of the roof and side cladding to all buildings, and some extensive remodelling of the site, which includes removal of some dilapidated structures associated with the building’s previous use.
These images and descriptions, which accompanied customer emails, reveal the encouraging level of progress made thus far.
One of Jones' first tasks was to clear out all of the existing buildings, to allow for close inspection of the main fabric of the steel structure and ensure that there were no nasty surprises lurking.
Then began the careful removal of all the exterior cladding, including the demolishing of various small buildings on site and the original office/reception frontage of the main building.
In parallel, the cladding and roof of the intended prototype build area, which will be the first area we take possession of, were stripped and the structure prepared to take the new exteriors.
And finally, here are the new roof panels being prepared and lifted up onto the prototype build area.
The team at TVR say they are busy finalising internal layouts for the production areas and the designs for the new offices at the front, and are looking forward to getting on site as soon as they have clean, dry and weather proof areas to work in!
As a reminder – if you needed one – of what the fuss is all about…
Witnessing new Griffiths emerging from this facility does seem an awfully long way off still, but for those who put down a deposit on the first new TVR in far too long, any sign of progress is encouraging.
By Wayne Batty