Seeking to redevelop the former Marconi factory

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Frank McElroy

Dec 31, 2003
In 1999 Marconi's defence division, including the Chelmsford facilities, were purchased by British Aerospace to form BAE Systems, Two sites remain under BAE control; the Great Baddow site in Essex, which is now BAE's Advanced Technology Centre and its Integrated Systems Technologies business at Glebe Road.

The military and secure communications division of Marconi was merged into Selex Communications, which is based at the New Street factory and is still operational. However the New street factory's future is very much in doubt with redevelopment of the whole site is planned to start during 2008. Although the Grade II listed front faí§ade and a few other minor buildings will remain, most of the site will be demolished, including the 1930s art deco Marconi House. Its demise will bring to an end more than 100 years of Marconi in Chelmsford.

Ashwell Property Group is seeking to redevelop the nine-acre former Marconi factory site on New Street, to provide a new residential and business quarter in Chelmsford.
This previously developed site presents an opportunity to create a gateway to the town, linking the university campus to the north with the heart of the town to the south — and providing seamless pedestrian links throughout.

Ashwell Property Group acquired the site for redevelopment following SELEX Communication’s decision to relocate to Basildon in 2007.

Site history, Ashwell is working closely with Chelmsford Borough Council to redevelop the former Marconi factory site on New Street in Chelmsford. Its redevelopment will provide a new residential and business quarter for the town.


As an ex employee of Marconi and later Selex, I will always remember New Street site with much love and affection and the happy days there.

Question...why are so many historical sites going for re-housing or re-development these days? we will shortly only be able to show the younger generation the blue plaques on the wall, as to where anything was.
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