Midland luxury car-maker Aston Martin has launched a new consultancy arm aimed at collaborating on new design and manufacturing projects.

Aston Martin Consulting will operate from its headquarters in Gaydon and provide companies with the opportunity to engage with the manufacturer's expertise in design, engineering and manufacturing.

Chief executive Andy Palmer said: "We are often asked to collaborate on projects with other companies.

"My belief is that we can expand the provision of our expertise and experience even further.

"The formation of Aston Martin Consulting means that we can offer a more structured approach to these projects."

Successful projects in the past have included a collaboration with Foster + Partners, architect Sir Norman Foster's company which designed Wembley Stadium and the redevelopment of Trafalgar Square among many other high-profile projects.

Together, they designed the London Bus of the future while Quintessence Yachts worked with Aston Marton on the AM37 powerboat.

Bradley Yorke-Biggs will lead Aston Martin Consulting as managing director, having previously been head of product strategy and marketing and who has spent 14 years in the company's senior management team.

He said: "We are very excited to be able to extend the reach of the business to include the provision of services across different sectors - both automotive and beyond.

"We have an incredibly talented and experienced team within Aston Martin and we look forward to expanding our horizons as we work with new clients on interesting new projects."