Rolls-Royce opens new £50m London Heathrow Service Centre

Friday, 15 March 2013

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has opened a £50m London Heathrow Service Centre to provide round-the-clock specialist maintenance and support for aero engines.

The 95,000 square feet facility, larger than Wembley football pitch, includes a state-of-the-art engine workshop four times larger than the previous Rolls-Royce service centre at Hatton Cross, Heathrow.

In the new centre, engineers will be able to work on up to 13 of the latest generation Trent engines at any one time, double the capacity of the previous facility. When fully operational it will employ up to 60 people, with 40 transferring from the existing Rolls-Royce Heathrow facility, with potential to employ up to 20 further people in the longer term.

In addition, the centre can store up to 30 large gas turbines, ready to be made available to operators worldwide.

The centre was officially opened by Eric Schulz, President – Civil Large Engines, Rolls-Royce. He said: "We are very proud to open our new state-of-the-art London Heathrow Service Centre which joins our global network of service centres. As our order book and customer demand for our TotalCare support services continue to grow, we are committed to ensuring we deliver excellent support, on time, every time."

More than 90 per cent of Trent engine orders include TotalCare® services support that maximise engine availability, helping operators to improve operational performance and reliability. Services accounted for more than 50 per cent of Rolls-Royce civil aerospace revenue in 2012.

The centre has been awarded an “excellent” rating by the Building Research Establishment, which assesses environmental attributes of building design, construction and operation.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £12.2 billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 31 December 2012, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested £919 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company's engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.

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