Our award-winning 42 acre manufacturing plant and headquarters
symbolise the progressive and forward-thinking ethos of Rolls-Royce
The Goodwood home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was designed by
leading architect, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (who also designed the
pioneering Eden Project) to sit in harmony with its outstandingly
beautiful surroundings in West Sussex. The Manufacturing plant and
Headquarters was built between one and two metres below the
surrounding ground level to blend the buildings into the landscape
To further minimise the facility's visual impact, natural stone
and cedar wood cladding has been used extensively while, from a
distance, the adoption of a plant-covered 'living roof' ensures the
buildings blend into the scenery.
By maximising the amount of natural light entering the building
via large windows, roof lights and an impressive 'glass mile' that
runs alongside the assembly area, the need for artificial lighting
has been kept to a minimum.
Thanks to their high specification the thermal insulating
properties the building's walls exceed the requirements of Building
Regulations by 25 per cent.Back to top
We were granted the ISO 14001 environmental standard from the
day we opened our Goodwood Manufacturing plant and Headquarters in
2003. Set by the International Organisation for Standardisation,
the ISO 14001 is the most important environmental standard in the
world. Supported by environmentalists and governments alike, the
ISO 14001 is designed to help all kinds of organisations protect
the environment, prevent pollution and improve their overall
We therefore undergo regular independent environmental audits
and have maintained this standard ever since inception to ensure we
continue to achieve the highest possible standards.
We have achieved better energy efficiency, despite steadily
increasing car production every year since opening in 2003, our
energy use per car has actually decreased by 67% between 2003 and
We have underlined our pledge to energy efficiency and saving by
signing-up to the Climate Change Agreement, which commits us to
energy saving targets over the next ten years.
In addition to reducing our consumption per car of gas and
electricity year-on-year since 2003 we have also continually
reduced our consumption of water. Between 2003 and 2011, we
reduced our water use per car by 93%.
Low water consumption systems that achieve water savings are
used for production processes and in site facilities. We have an
on-going commitment to minimising water usage and wastage. From
closed loop water systems used for paint processes which recycle
53,000 litres per day and the 'monsoon' bay where we, test every
Rolls-Royce, is watertight and recycles 2,300 litres per week to
low flush toilets with infrared sensing and automatic shut-off taps
in rest room areas.
In addition to reducing the quantity of water used on-site we
have also paid close attention to the design of the drainage
system. Based on the SUDS principle (Sustainable Urban Drainage
System) the Goodwood site features a number of swales or soakaways
to cope with extra water flow. All surface water run-off from the
roof and car park is directed through petrol interceptors into the
lake on site, which acts as a heat sink for the Head Quarter
building's climate control system.
We have steadily increased our waste recycling between 2003 -
2011 per car produced and now recycle over 97% of all waste per car
produced reducing the waste to landfill dramatically. This was
achieved through initiatives such as:
- Recycling more than 26 different streams of waste, including
cardboard, paper, all types of plastic, tyres, polystyrene, glass,
metals and wood.
- Waste to energy and Anaerobic Digestion prevents food and
general waste from going into land fill and reduces green house
gases produced from rotting in landfill, produces renewable energy
and reducing pollution.
- Keeping the amount of waste we generate to a minimum, with the
vast majority of car parts delivered to Goodwood arriving in
reusable containers, which are sent on a loop back to suppliers,
saving on vast amounts of packaging waste.
Using more valuable materials in more creative ways. For example,
leather scraps from upholstery are sold for re-use in the fashion
industry, while off-cuts of wood veneer are donated to a local
charity for use in workshops and furniture making, which is then
sold to raise funds.
Between 2003 and 2011, we reduced our waste disposal to landfill
per car by 63%.Back to top
In the event of a potentially polluting spillage we are well
prepared to cope, thanks to an advanced pollution prevention
system, which includes automatic cut-off valves in the site's
You might expect a car manufacturing plant to be a significant
source of noise or light pollution. Yet thanks to the earth banks
and many hundreds of thousands of trees and shrubs that line the
site's perimeter, along with the innovative architecture, a survey
carried out established that the plant has not significantly
increased background noise or artificial light pollution levels
during day or night.Back to top
While the primary role of our Goodwood manufacturing plant and
headquarters is that of home to the world's finest car company it
is also something of a nature reserve.
We've planted more than 400,000 trees and shrubs, spanning more
than 120 different species, both to screen the buildings and foster
a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna in the area.
Our Goodwood site is also home to a variety of wildlife as a
result of a wildlife garden built with Charlie Dimmock and the
floating island built on the lake in 2007, that attracts birds and
encourages growth of plants and vegetation.
The floating island and an extensive reed bed have been
successful in maintaining the water quality and the health of the
water garden a habitat for wetland birds such as cormorants, swans
Charlie Dimmock is an extensively travelled horticulturist and
one of Britain's best known and most renowned gardeners,
specialising in water features. She presents the BBC's incredibly
popular Ground Force, Charlie and the Duchess, Garden Invaders and
Chelsea Flower Show. She has also written the books Enjoy Your
Garden and Container Gardening.Back to top
From car part logistics to employees travelling to work, we
proactively reduce CO2 emissions. Thanks to carefully
orchestrated logistics all the incoming supplies and outgoing
shipments of finished cars require approximately 40 lorry movements
per day, a fraction of the number required by conventional car
To minimise the impact of our employees travelling to and from
work everyday we initiated a green travel plan from day one.
Central to this is a lift-sharing database, which enables employees
to travel together where possible.
Those employees who are unable to participate in the
lift-sharing scheme are encouraged to use bicycles, motorcycles or
take advantage of local public transport.Back to top
When the primary battery in your vehicle reaches the end of its
life, it can be returned to your Authorised Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
dealership when a new battery is purchased or installed;
alternatively it can be delivered to one of the following
facilities for recycling:
- Civic Amenity and Recycling Centres
- Local Authority Battery Collection Schemes
- Licensed End of Life Vehicle Authorised Treatment
- Licensed Metal Recycling Sites
- Should you require any further information or if you have
difficulties returning your battery for recycling via the routes
detailed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a registered Battery Producer with the
Environment Agency; our producer registration number is BPRN00794.
Please be aware that disposal of waste industrial and automotive
batteries by landfill or by incineration is banned in the UK from 1
January 2010.Back to top
Covering more than 32,000 square metres (8 acres) and planted
with six different varieties of the sedum plant, the roof of our
manufacturing plant and headquarters is one of the largest living
roofs in Europe.
The blanket of vegetation of the roof has become a haven for
breeding skylarks, which have been observed nesting on the living
roof. The roof's regulated temperature has led to an increase in
breeding pairs from one to six since 2003.
In the summer of 2006, a species of skylark,
listed as one of 'high conservation concern' within the UK, was
filmed by the BBC for a wildlife programme.
The living roof's value goes beyond its natural beauty and as a
refuge for wildlife, It filters pollutants, improving air and water
quality; provides sound insulation; provides evaporative cooling in
the summer and thermal insulation in the winter, and prevents
rainwater flooding.Back to top