Three principal business functions are grouped under an enormous timber canopy
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Bennetts Associates for Jaguar Land Rover
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Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Product Creation Centre sits in rolling Warwickshire countryside but is of such a size that its interior is best described in urban terms. The 59,000m² facility is a network of internal streets, bridge links and courtyards. Visitors to this state-of-the-art automotive design and engineering facility enter a huge top-lit atrium enlivened by aerial walkways, views into open-plan workspaces on the upper storeys, and eye-level displays of cars and engines. One can easily imagine product launches here, the voluminous space further animated by crowds of people.
As the APCC gathers three separate businesses under one roof, there was particular focus on creating communal spaces where staff can meet and work informally. These are spread throughout the building and include a generous restaurant with wonderful views out to the countryside.
The vast timber roof visually unites all parts of the building. Construction details reflect the precision of Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering. Timber is also used for flooring and the aerial walkways, bringing natural warmth and contributing to the building’s high sustainability standard.
Circulation spaces are naturally lit and ventilated. Stone floors extend beyond the building into the landscape, which has been designed to connect the APCC to Jaguar Land Rover’s existing facilities on this former airbase. Waterways and a new park provide natural amenities for employees. In the past the company has had difficulty attracting staff to its rural base, but its new building and landscape should provide a significant draw and improve the lives of those who work there.