Page Overview: Location Goodwood
Exterior view of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars headquarters, the Goodwood Plant


The Goodwood plant serves as the headquarters – and the design, manufacturing and assembly centre – for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The plant is based in picturesque West Sussex and lies between Portsmouth and Brighton.

Rolls-Royce is the world’s leading luxury house. With British heritage dating back to 1904, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW Group and has operated from its Goodwood location since 2003.
We’re proud of our achievements, some of which include:

  • Every Rolls-Royce motor car is hand-built to customer order at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood.
  • The Rolls-Royce manufacturing plant is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, less than a kilometer from the edge of the South Downs National Park. The plant was designed with strong environmental credentials, including the largest living roof in the UK.
  • Significant philanthropic activities, such as raising in excess of £1.7 million in support of allergy research at Evelina London Children’s Hospital at a ‘Dine on the Line’ event in September 2019.


BMW Group plant Hams Hall office building and surrounding area

Goodwood is located in close proximity to Chichester, West Sussex’s only city, in South East England. Chichester has a population of over 26,000 inhabitants, and is a stunning and historic location – based less than 10 miles from some of the nicest beaches on the South Coast.

Chichester is bordered by the beautiful rolling landscape of the South Downs National Park – where stretches of wooded hills and chalk ridges culminate in the iconic chalky white cliffs of Beachy Head, a mere one and a half hour’s drive from the city centre.

It’s not only the landscape that is pleasing to the eye. Chichester’s magnificent architecture, including the historic cathedral (built in 1108) and the striking monument of the Earl and Countess, is of particular interest. Meanwhile, the remarkable art gallery of Pallant House is establishing itself as major centre for contemporary British art on the South Coast – and is home to paintings by Auerbach, Peter Blake and Lucian Freud.

In June, July and August, people come from far and wide to experience the Festival of Speed and visit the stunning racecourse at Goodwood. The festival takes place at the Goodwood motor circuit, with a view of the South Downs on one side and the sea on the other. The city also holds an annual four-week arts and music festival, the Festival of Chichester, which runs from June until July.

Gastronomically, Chichester offers food options on a par with any major city. The English platters on South Street come highly recommended – while St Martin’s Tea Room, which serves organic fare, is one of the best examples of an old-fashioned tea room in England.

Set in beautiful parkland, Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant Goodwood looks like no other. The building was conceived by the famous architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, and is designed to have a minimal impact on its surroundings. Tailored to fit into its environment, the plant has a 3.5 hectare “living roof” made of sedum plants, the largest in the UK, and the planting of 400,000 trees and shrubs around the property further helps it to blend in with the countryside.

At Goodwood, the home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd., cutting edge technology and traditional craftsmanship skills come together to produce and develop the best motor cars in the world, such as the Phantom family – alongside our newest addition, Ghost. The plant officially opened for business on 1 January 2003, and has twice expanded in the time since – now covering an area of 22,500 square metres.

There is an on-site canteen offering delicious food at low prices to employees.

The BMW Group in the United Kingdom consists of marketing, sales and financial service organisations – as well as manufacturing plants for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Three UK plants have a part to play in MINI production – BMW Group Plant Hams Hall manufactures engines, BMW Group Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and the parts come together at BMW Group Plant Oxford – where body shell production, paint and final assembly takes place. BMW Group Plant Oxford, therefore, is the heart of MINI production.

Also under BMW Group’s UK umbrella are BMW UK Ltd. and BMW Financial Services in Farnborough and Dublin, the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant in Goodwood and Alphabet (GB) Limited as Europe’s leading provider of Business Mobility Services in Farnborough.

The manufacturing launch of MINI in April 2001 marked the start of a remarkable new phase in the history of the BMW Group. The very latest car production facilities were introduced in a £230 million investment programme for the new car range. Since 2000, around £1.75 billion has been invested in the group’s UK manufacturing sites.

The United Kingdom is the only country where BMW Group is represented by production plants for all three of our premium brands.

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