Marshall Aerospace Relocation

Marshall Aerospace Relocation

Marshall is bringing forward proposals to relocate its global Aerospace headquarters and operations to Cranfield Airport.

In 2019, we announced our intention to relocate our Aerospace business from Cambridge, as part of our commitment to invest in the long-term future of the company.

Following a comprehensive site assessment process, we signed an Option Agreement with Cranfield University in 2020 for approximately 35 hectares of land at Cranfield Airport, which enables us to build new state-of-the-art facilities to support our aerospace operations along with shared use of the Airport and associated support facilities. The relocation presents an exciting opportunity for us, allowing us to invest in the future of our existing workforce as well as create new employment, and training opportunities for the local area through our outstanding apprenticeship programmes. This is a big decision for us to take, given our long-standing relationship with Cambridge, our workforce and our 113 year history.

Relocation plans

Marshall Aerospace specialises in the routine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), conversion and modification of military aircraft, predominantly the iconic C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Our intention is to establish a new global headquarters in the UK for our operations and workforce, with supporting satellite operations in North America and the Middle East.

At capacity, we anticipate that the Aerospace business will employ up to 1,200 people at Cranfield, many of whom will be involved in the skilled hands-on maintenance of the aircraft, whilst the others will cover a wide range of support and managerial roles.

The next key stage in our forward planning is to seek Outline Planning Permission for new facilities to support our operations at Cranfield, prior to us making a final commitment to move.

Consultation on our emerging proposals

We are in the early stages of preparing our proposals for the relocation to Cranfield and welcome feedback from the community on these initial proposals to help inform the future outline planning application design. See below for how to view and comment on our emerging proposals.

Public exhibition

We are holding a public exhibition on the dates below. These sessions are open to the public to drop-in to at any time and members of our team will be available to discuss our proposals and address any questions.

Friday 25th March 2022
2.00pm – 7.00pm

Cranfield Community Centre, Thillans, Cranfield, MK43 0WP

Saturday 26th March 2022
10.00am – 3.00pm

Cranfield Community Centre, Thillans, Cranfield, MK43 0WP

View our proposals online

If you are unable to attend our exhibition dates in person, you can view the consultation materials here and comment via our online feedback form using the links below:

Information about Marshall and our relocation plans
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Emerging design proposals
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Comment on our proposals

Once you have viewed the consultation material, you can comment on our proposals via the form below.
This will be open until 5.00pm on Friday 8th April 2022.

Comment Form now closed

Next Steps

We are working towards making an outline planning application this summer. Following this consultation, we will review the feedback received and will provide more information on the project later this year once our proposals are more advanced.

MARCH 2022
Consultation on our initial proposals for Marshall’s relocation to Cranfield Airport.

EARLY SUMMER 2022
Follow up consultation on our more advanced relocation proposals ahead of making an outline planning application.

SUMMER 2022
Target to submit our outline planning application to Central Bedfordshire Council for consideration.

2024 ONWARDS
Anticipated start date of construction works subject to receiving planning permission.

2027-2030
Target for Marshall to be operational on site at Cranfield.