Detailed designs for YASA’s new UK headquarters at Bicester Motion have been approved by Cherwell District Council.

The Mercedes-Benz-owned electric car company has agreed a 15-year lease at its new home which will total 88,000 sq ft.

Construction is due to start on-site in July 2024 and practical completion is expected in Spring 2025. YASA will consolidate many of its 400 staff, based throughout Oxfordshire, to its new site in January 2026.

The new HQ will be the first phase of Bicester Motion’s £60 million Innovation Quarter. Its buildings will target BREEAM Excellent certification and EPC A rating. They will be prepared for solar solar panels and include dedicated ecology and biodiversity areas, green space amenities for staff health and wellbeing, and bicycle parking spaces.

Paul Fitzpatrick, head of marketing and communications for YASA said: “We are delighted that our new UK HQ has the official green light. This is significant news for our staff, customers and wider supply chain. We have worked closely with the Bicester Motion team to ensure that our new facility matches our ambitions as part of Mercedes-Benz, right here in Oxfordshire, the heartland of automotive technology.”

Daniel Geoghegan, chief executive of Bicester Motion, said: “We welcome this news and I thank our team which has worked tirelessly and efficiently to deliver YASA’s detailed designs for their new landmark HQ.

“YASA has impressive plans to continue accelerating its business in Oxfordshire, the unrivalled home of world-leading automotive technology and mobility brands. We look forward to progressing with construction to deliver for YASA. We continue positive discussions with a range of future mobility and advanced technology companies for our remaining new buildings.”

Adalta Real represented Bicester Motion.

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