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.
Mercedes AMG HPP Technology Centre
Site Master Planning and campus delivered by DKA
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.
James graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff) with an honours degree in 2004, qualifying as an architect in 2006. He joined DKA in 2007 and became a Director in 2016. He also qualified as a Project Manager in 2011 so that he could add value to existing clients and projects and offer new services to new clients.
James has worked across all project sectors during his time at DKA, but has gone on to specialise in Automotive Engineering projects and now leads this ever expanding sector within the office. He works with many leading blue chip clients in the automotive and aerospace sectors and has developed an in depth understanding of automotive process and testing facilities.
Rebecca joined DKA in 2007 and has worked across all sectors, initially in a technical capacity and now leading our interiors team. This mix of technical and interiors experience has provided Rebecca with a well-balanced approach, with designs offering both creativity and practicality. She has a Masters in Environmental Psychology which developed her awareness of the impact design can have on people’s experience of the built environment. Rebecca is our expert in dementia-friendly design and believes that good design can help to empower all building users.
After qualifying in 2002 Adrian joined DKA in 2004, where he has gained a wide range of experience in healthcare, community, industrial, leisure and residential projects. Recently he has been Project Architect for two new community hospitals in Somerset, providing him with a thorough knowledge of the latest healthcare regulations and successful experiences working with two of the country’s leading contractors on the Procure 21 framework.