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The Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre, designed in collaboration between Arup’s architects and engineers, has received two prestigious awards at this year’s Structural Steel Design Awards ceremony, including Project of the Year.
Arup’s architects worked closely with the client on the concept, planning application and overall masterplan. The Arup team also included structural engineering, service engineering, landscape architecture, geotechnics, ecology, fire engineering, lighting, sustainable consultancy, security and transport engineering.
The judges said: “Drawing on traditional industrial forms, the team has updated these principles to deliver a stunning workplace to train and attract the best talent in the industry. The lightness of the framing, extensive roof?lights and perimeter windows deliver high levels of natural light. The steel is efficiently designed for current operations and adaptation for changes in engine design and technology.”
A powerful architectural impression was achieved through the simple repeating of discretely expressed façade modules, generated by the north lights. Bold forms articulate a simple plan, derived from optimum operational adjacencies and designed for flexibility.