Britain’s Dyson Ltd.has announced its intention to build a 517-acre R&D campus in the countryside of the Cotswolds, 100 miles west of London.
The maker of premium vacuum cleaners and hand dryers said researchers will pursue robotics, battery technology, vision systems, and artificial intelligence software in the new labs.
Founder James Dyson announced that the company has acquired an old military barracks and flying school in the Cotswolds.
Building projects will commence in May when the company starts refurbishing a World War II airplane hangar.
"Dyson’s exporting strength and commitment to creating jobs in Britain is a real success story that demonstrates the opportunity that our plan to create a truly global Britain can present," said British prime minister Theresa May, who noted that the move is an expression of commitment to Britain’s future after the country’s Brexit vote mandated a departure from the European Union.
Dyson is also launching a program to educate the engineers who will work at its facility and throughout the UK.
The company has made a five-year pledge of $18.6 billion to establish a training program that will allow engineers to gain employment in technical fields without attending university.
The UK will need an additional 640,000 technical workers by 2020, Dyson said: “The U.K.’s skills shortage is holding Dyson back as we look to increase the amount of technology we develop and export from the U.K.We are taking matters into our own hands."
Dyson currently employs 3,500 people in the U.K.