Leader of the Council, Councillor Ranjit Banwait and Acting Chief Executive Christine Durrant today attended an event at Rolls-Royce to celebrate the start of work on its new testbed facility. The plans for the £90m testbed were announced in June 2017 as part of a wider £150m investment in UK aerospace facilities.

Councillor Banwait said:

“The decision to invest in Derby, the home of Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace division, is fantastic news for the city and will help to sustain more than 7,000 Rolls-Royce jobs across the East Midlands.

The City Council is proud to be a key partner in enabling ambitious business growth. We’re delighted Rolls-Royce have taken the bold decision to invest in this transformational facility and to reaffirm their commitment to Derby as the UK home of engineering excellence.

The tour that Chris Cholerton, President-Civil Aerospace for Rolls-Royce, facilitated was excellent, and extremely informative. I’ve come away knowing a bit more about aerospace testing!

Securing investments like these are vital for the city, so I also want to thank the Rolls-Royce workers who have been involved.