Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Director: Darren Southgate and John Lee
Project Managers: AYH
Services Engineers: Buro Happold
Civil/Structural Engineers: Buro Happold
Contractor: Bowmer & Kirkland
Construction Value: £8 million
Completion Date: Phase One 2008, Phase Two 2011
Gross Internal Floor Area: 4,500 square metres
BREEAM Sustainability Rating: Excellent
Research with Boeing focuses upon high-performance machining of specialist alloys. New machining techniques are also allowing a number of UK manufacturing clients to compete globally by slashing production times whilst maintaining high quality. Other Research looks at low-volume high-value assembly; develops new manufacturing technologies for the latest composite materials; and provides design/structural testing services.
This manufacturing centre is in fact very much a people building. The floor-space ratio of large-scale workshops to desk-based research space is just 2:1 and an intimate relationship was required between the two types of space. Therefore the whole centre is contained within a single rectilinear volume and researchers working at their desks are able to view the workshop from a high-level office mezzanine.
The BREEAM (sustainability) rating of ‘Excellent’ was achieved using a wind turbine and ground source heat pumps. Ethylene-Tetra-Fluoro-Ethylene (ETFE) roof lights and the translucent wall cladding “Kalwall” provide exceptional quantities of natural but diffuse light, reducing the need for artificial lighting whilst maintaining high insulation standards.
A series of AMRC buildings, national and international, have been inspired by this concept in such places as Bristol, Inchinnan, Coventry, Japan, USA and Singapore.