Leonardo has been operating in Basildon, South Essex, since 1952 when its forerunner, Marconi, built the facility due to the pool of highly skilled engineers and researchers available in the region.
Over the past 65 years, the facility has produced several world firsts including the Marconi TICM (the UK's first military standard production thermal imager), the Phoenix unmanned military surveillance vehicle, and the formidable multi-purpose turret fitted to the US C130 Gunship.
Today, the Basildon site is home to nearly 1,000 people who are involved in the design and development of thermal imaging systems, radar systems, radio communications, infrared detection, signal processing and network systems.
The Basildon site has excellent transport links into London and its airports, as well as through the new link between Southend Airport and Edinburgh, where another key Leonardo site is situated.
What the local region offers
Locally there is a state-of-the-art sporting village which sits within 250 acres of Gloucester Park and includes both sport and leisure facilities. It was the training camp for several teams at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Festival Leisure Park is within easy reach and offers a cinema, bowling alley and array of restaurants and bars. For those who prefer the outdoors, there is plenty of countryside to explore with Wat Tyler Park only a short drive away featuring a RSPB Visitor Centre and Discovery Zone. Norsey Woods is located in nearby Billericay and has been designated an ancient monument and a site of special scientific interest.
Chelmsford City Centre is less than 15 miles away and has an abundance of things to see and do with its excellent shopping facilities, and is renowned for hosting the annual music V Festival.
Basildon contact details
Sigma House, Christopher Martin Road, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3EL
Tel. +44 (0)1268 823400