The Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Engine Manufacturing Centre draws on Arup Associates’ half century of experience in the design of innovative industrial buildings. The site for the £900m plant employing around 1400 staff, is on brownfield land outside Wolverhampton surrounded by an ecological landscape. The 185,000sqm set of buildings contain north lit machine and assembly halls which are flanked by office, social support spaces and community educational centre.
Innovation, collaboration and the wellness of people at the facility is at the heart of its success. Blurring the boundaries between production and offices through visual transparency, clear movement and social spaces, breaks down the barriers of communication between staff. North skylights provide day lit spaces throughout the complex combined with views to adjacent landscaped surroundings, provide the respite to aid personal health and productivity.
As part of JLR’s ambition for low carbon manufacturing, the facility is one of largest to achieve BREEAM Excellent. Sustainable features include natural ventilation, day lit office and production spaces, extensive grey water recycling and the largest rooftop PV array in the UK of 21,000 photovoltaic panels providing energy to power 30% of the facility, equivalent to 1600 homes.
Flexibility and resilient adaptability is a key driver to for a modulised design strategy. The large span steel roof spaced at 30m intervals are arranged to give high level modulised services distribution, a clear hierarchy. This incorporated with the sawtooth roof forms, breaks down the massive scale to humanise the production space.
Designed completely in BIM, Arup worked in a one model approach with JLR’s own internal manufacturing design team to produce a collaborative, fluid and coordinated model.
Awarded the RCIS National Regeneration Award in 2014, the JLR EMC has sets a new benchmark for modern low carbon manufacturing environments.
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"THE SCALE AND AMBITION OF THE PRODUCTION SPACE IS BREATH-TAKING AND THE INTERNAL ENVIRONTMENT SUGGESTS ‘RESEARCH FACTLITY’ RATHER THAN ‘WORKPLACE’. BUILT ON A POLLUTED BROWNFIELD SITE THE COMPLETED PROJECT IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF ELEGANT SIMPLICITY AND PRACTICALITY.”
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