The seven project brings together design, engineering and production purchasing under one roof for the first time in a new facility that is designed to encourage collaboration throughout the entire vehicle development process.
More than 50,000m² of newly built space for 3,500 staff accommodates the Jaguar Design Studio, offices, a site wide restaurant, a 400 seat multipurpose hall, visitor building and other amenities. A new internal street connects these to existing buildings to foster community and a weave of connectivity maximises potential for serendipitous interaction to help drive creativity, innovation and synergies. In line with Jaguar Land Rover’s workplace standards, support of wellbeing is prominent throughout the design and through contact with nature.
The building is crowned as Europe’s largest timber roof and as well as giving warmth, the timber materiality expresses sustainability and the oversailing rooflights floods the interior with natural light. A supporting steel super grid accommodates the wide range of spaces within an overall structural order and correlates with the triangular geometry of the original air base runways, thus tethering the future of the site to its past.
This project has been highly significant for both Jaguar Land Rover and Bennetts Associates. For Bennetts, the project represents another important evolution in workplace and construction; sustainability, interaction and wellbeing is deeply rooted in every aspect of the facilities' design and construction.