Proposed New workshop and showroom for McMurtry Automotive Ltd.


McMurtry Automotive is recognized as a pioneering entity in green engineering and holds significant importance as an employer within Stroud District.

The company has outlined long-term expansion strategies aimed at facilitating the upscaling of production.

The team at MEP has been instructed by McMurtry Automotive to submit a planning application for a scheme which will present an opportunity for the company to consolidate and sustain their engineering operations within the  area.  The proposed scheme enables the company to promptly enhance their engineering capacity and fulfil the substantial demand for their flagship Speiling car. The proposed development will therefore ensure the business’s capability to fulfil orders and sustain its operations within the area.

Site details and constraints

  • Rural location approximately 3.5 km from Wotton-under-Edge.
  • Close to Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
  • The site currently comprises an informal parking area, a disused building and open land

Our role

  • Carrying out a detailed site appraisal identifying site constraints and opportunities.
  • Co-ordinate and manage a consultant team.
  • Formulate a planning strategy.
  • Preparation, submission and monitoring of the planning application.


The team at MEP worked with Rappor, Roberts Limerick Architects, MP Ecology and Tree Maintenance to formulate a proposed scheme for the erection of two new highly sustainable commercial buildings and the change of use of an existing building to a workshop facility.  The proposal also incorporates additional parking facilities.

The proposed two new buildings will be dedicated to the production of electric vehicle technology, with facilities for small-scale prototype production and sales.

The proposed buildings will establish a distinctive relationship with the surrounding landscape by offering a quadrangle of buildings at the site, while maximizing sustainable construction techniques. The location on the site allows for utilizing the natural topography to ensure that the site is not a visual intrusion on the landscape.

Importantly, the proposed scheme presents employment opportunities and economic benefits to the local area. Its proximity to the nearby settlements and key transport nodes offers direct access for all staff and visitors.

The planning application has been submitted and the team at MEP are monitoring its progress with Stroud District Council.

Credit images Roberts Limerick Architects

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