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The Goodwood plant serves as the headquarters, design, manufacturing and assembly centre for
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. Officially opened on 1 January 2003, the plant is situated on a site covering . The plant has been expanded since. Over 1,700 workers are currently employed at Goodwood. At present (2017) the plant produces approximately 20 cars a day.


History

After
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BMW
bought the rights to the Rolls-Royce brand as applied to motor cars from
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, it required a new manufacturing plant in which to build the new cars. Rolls-Royce cars had until this time been built at the
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, but both the plant and the
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Bentley
brand had been sold to the
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. BMW came to an agreement with the
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to buy a greenfield site on his
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Goodwood Estate
, near
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Chichester
,
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. The original plant, located close to
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Goodwood Circuit
and
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village, cost £65 million. BMW engaged architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, the architect of the
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in
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. Designed to fit into its environment, the plant cannot be viewed from the road, in part thanks to a 3.5 
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plants, the largest such roof in the UK. Other features help the 42-acre site blend in with the surrounding countryside, such as the planting of 400,000 plants and over 120 species of trees, as well as limestone and cedar cladding on the buildings. The plant is situated in an
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, which may make further expansion difficult.


Technology and Logistics Centre

Rolls-Royce opened its new Technology and Logistics Centre (TLC) in January 2016. The facility is located in
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, eight miles from the Goodwood plant. The TLC provides logistics support to the manufacturing plant for current and future models, and consolidates three operations: an inbound warehouse for production parts, a distribution centre – including an inbound body store and finished car store – and a workshop. The TLC will be extended in late-2017 by almost to meet growing demand and in readiness for future models, such as the Cullinan. The expansion will give the TLC the same overall footprint as the Goodwood plant.


Models produced

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Rolls-Royce Ghost The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a full-sized luxury car manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The "Ghost" nameplate, named in honour of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Silver Ghost, a car first produced in 1906, was announced in April 2009 at the Auto ...
: 2009 - Present * Rolls-Royce Wraith: 2013 - Present *
Rolls-Royce Dawn The Rolls-Royce Dawn is a handmade 2+2 luxury convertible luxury grand tourer manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Rolls-Royce. It was announced at the International Motor Show Germany, 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII The Rolls-Royce Phantom is a full-sized luxury saloon manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited is a British luxury automobile A luxury car is a car that provides increased levels of comfort, equipment, ameniti ...
: 2017 - Present *
Rolls-Royce Cullinan The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a full-sized luxury sport utility vehicle A sport utility vehicle or SUV is a car classification that combines elements of road-going passenger cars with features from off-road vehicles, such as raised ground ...

Rolls-Royce Cullinan
: 2018 - Present


Former models produced

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Rolls-Royce Phantom VII The Rolls-Royce Phantom is a full-sized luxury saloon car made by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited is a British luxury automobile A luxury car is a car that provides increased levels of comfort, equipment, amenities ...
: 2003–2016 * : 2007–2016 * Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé: 2008–2016


References


External links


"A greener Goodwood" - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
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