This is a serious project, and it is for a good cause, but it still might strike some (ok, us) as funny. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that construction of a major development for the company is now underway. The district’s largest employer is building a new gated parking area on land adjacent to the manufacturing plant and head office, creating an additional 500 parking spaces.
The development includes a dedicated car park for The March CE Primary School, located close to the entrance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, including a ‘kiss and drop-off area’ and 40 parking spaces. The school car park incorporates a new road crossing, also funded by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the absence of local authority funding. The development has received overwhelming support from local residents, Chichester District Council and Chichester MP, Gillian Keegan.
Parking outside The March CE Primary School – like most local schools – has been problematical for many years. The design of the new Rolls-Royce new car park has incorporated a dedicated area for the school from the outset, and the company has worked closely with the Headteacher, Parents, and Governors to incorporate specific requirements.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said:
We are delighted that development of our new car park is now formally underway. The success of the Company, and the resulting increase in numbers of skilled men and women working at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, has resulted in the need for additional parking as an integral part of our extended travel plan. We have taken the opportunity to incorporate a dedicated car park for our local school, but this was not a planning condition – it was our own initiative – and demonstrates our desire to promote child safety and also to be a good neighbor and member of the local community.
The development is due to be completed by the end of this year.
Note: Press release courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.