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Browns Lane plant

Browns Lane plant from the main gate on Coundon Wedge Drive
Browns Lane plant
Browns Lane plant demolished

Browns Lane in Coventry, England was originally built as a Second World War shadow factory run by The Daimler Company Limited. In 1951 it was leased by Jaguar Cars and remained the company's home until 2005. It was the site of all Jaguar production until 1998, when production of the Jaguar S-Type commenced at Castle Bromwich, as well as the firm's corporate headquarters and the home of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. Although the site runs the length of Browns Lane, its proper entrance is now on Coundon Wedge Drive.

Jaguar's production at Browns Lane waned over the years, as new models ranges were assigned to Castle Bromwich Assembly in Birmingham and Halewood Body & Assembly in Halewood, although the core Jaguar XJ and XK ranges remained on the site until they moved to Castle Bromwich in 2005. Subsequently, the Browns Lane site housed just the headquarters and museum as well as 500 staff responsible for wood veneering for Jaguar, Aston Martin, and Land Rover. Although the headquarters has now moved to the Whitley plant, Whitley, Coventry, the Wood Shop, Museum and Pilot Build Workshop are still on site at Browns Lane. Australian property firm Macquarie Goodman announced its purchase of Browns Lane in 2007.

The Browns Lane plant assembly halls were demolished in late 2008.

Current use

In 2010, a portion of the site was purchased by International housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, who are building a selection of homes on the site .

The remainder is now known as Lyons Park.

In 2012 the Browns Lane Jaguar Heritage Museum was also demolished.[1] The housing estate which now takes its place is known as "Swallow's Nest".

References

  1. ^ "Jaguar's Heritage". 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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