DKA | Mercedes
DKA | Architecture | Mercedes | MB-HPE Technology Centre
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DKA | Mercedes
DKA | Mercedes

Mercedes AMG HPP Technology Centre

Site Master Planning and campus delivered by DKA

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains developed their site in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, to centralise all their operations associated with Formula One Powertrains. DKA acted as lead consultants from project inception to completion and were responsible for all aspects of project delivery. The scheme included site master planning and infrastructure, extensive new build with associated extension and alteration to the existing building to create a state-of-the-art facility for the design, development, manufacture and testing of Grand Prix engines and Powertrains. Most recently DKA has delivered the People Performance Centre (see below).

“ DKA were also involved in the specialist interior design of the main reception and staff restaurant, ensuring the spaces serviced not just functional needs but also those of the staff, business and marketing. ”
James Bastable - Director

The facility accommodates VIP visitors and was designed to be a flagship development that could be used for marketing purposes as well as the functional and process requirements; as striking the right balance between aesthetic and functionality was key to the project. Coordination between base build and fit out operations was essential, and this was considered from day one of the project.

DKA were also involved in the specialist interior design of the main reception and staff restaurant ensuring the spaces serviced not only the functional needs, but also the staff, business and marketing needs. Design features include full-size wall art and engine and trophy displays, set within high quality materials and finishes.

The original site development master plan protected for future development on the site and this aspiration has been realised through the recent completion of a new Hybrid Technology Centre and People Performance Centre. DKA were lead consultant for both projects from inception to completion.

The Hybrid Technology Centre provides a state-of-the-art facility for the build, assembly and testing of the full hybrid systems associated with current Formula One Powertrain technology.

DKA | Mercedes
“ Attracting and retaining the best staff in a highly competitive industry is central to Mercedes continued success [...] and as such the People Performance Centre was a significant investment in staff welfare ”
James Bastable - Director

People Performance Centre

Attracting and retaining the best staff in a highly competitive industry is central to the continued success of the record breaking Formula 1 manufacturer and as such the People Performance Centre was a significant investment in staff welfare. The state of the art facility was developed to provide a gymnasium and fitness studio for use of the one thousand staff on site. The only viable development site available within the overall site boundary was on an area of landscaped site, important to the wider site aesthetic as it frames an important view into the site from the A508.

As a result of the site constraints the design concept for the facility was to create a submerged building with a curved (fully intensive) green roof, such that the building looked like a landscape feature from outside of the site boundary. From within the site boundary, the brief from the client was that apart from curtain walling to the main façade to reflect adjacent buildings on site and to bring light into the facility, the building should look a part of the landscape. As a result natural stone retaining walls and a full ‘Living Wall’ were incorporated into the design.

Internally, the facility includes a gymnasium, fitness studio, changing / shower rooms and associated welfare and support facilities. The gymnasium incorporates traditional exercise machines, free weights areas and other specialist equipment. The fitness studio incorporates exercise / spinning bikes and punch bags mounted on a purpose designed retractable framing system. The whole facility is fitted with state of the art AV equipment, linked to central control systems for background entertainment and hosting of tailored exercise classes.

Key design challenges included the waterproofing of the facility in relation to the submerged floor levels and the incorporation of the curved green roof. The facility was completed on time and on budget and delivered impressive air tightness results which contributed to the overall energy efficiency of the facility, also an important client requirement.

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