Wates Construction

AESC UK Gigafactory

Visit Length

90 Minutes

Max Group Size

10 People

Booking Status


About the event

Wates Group has commenced construction on a new gigafactory in Sunderland, for AESC UK, a world-leading Japanese electric vehicle battery technology company.

The project, the largest by single value in Wates’ 125-year history is AESC UK’s second Sunderland battery plant. It will have capacity of 12 GWh and will employ more than a 1,000 people when operational in 2025. It will be powered by 100% Net Zero Carbon energy, aligning with the company’s global commitment to sustainability. The state-of-the-art facility will produce AESC UK’s latest generation batteries, with 30% more energy density to improve range and efficiency, and manufacture enough batteries to power 100,000 electric vehicles annually.


Visit the site for a tour of the ongoing construction work.


Minimum age: 11 years old
Children under 11 years will not be allowed on site

All visitors must wear long sleeves and long trousers. Underfoot will be uneven and there will be a requirement to be able to climb stairs.

Get in touch

Our address:
England, SR5 3FH, United Kingdom

Ashleigh Coombes