Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton

Shows that good design applies not only to public buildings

Exterior of Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton, designed by Arup Associates
Exterior of Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton, designed by Arup Associates

Arup Associates for Jaguar Land Rover

Contract value: Confidential

GIA: 100,000m²

How do you make an industrial building which is ‘big and functional’ also ‘big and beautiful’? Jaguar Land Rover’s new manufacturing facility shows that good design applies not only to public buildings, but to the ‘prosaic’ too.

  • Interior view of the Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton, designed by Arup Associates
    Interior view of the Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton, designed by Arup Associates
  • Interior view of the Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton, designed by Arup Associates
    Interior view of the Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton, designed by Arup Associates
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The building is huge, with acres of a metal-clad facade that pays careful attention to reveals and junction details. Repeated many times, this simple, well-expressed element has generated a powerful architecture. Modules are based on the structural grid and each contains a rooflight, which creates a modern version of the factory skyline. A continuous strip of glass along the ground floor allows this industrial ship to stay afloat especially when approaching from a distance and allows views into the production lines from outside. Everything about this scheme is practical and balanced, with some record-breaking sustainable measures.

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