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).
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.
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.
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.
Joining us as a student, winner of the RIBA Hampshire degree student prize and nominee for the 2004 & 2007 RIBA Student Presidents Medals, David has been a full time member of the DKA team since 2007. Qualifying in 2010, he has worked on a wide range of projects; residential, industrial and education. David has become a key member of the Education Team as a project architect, he is one of DKA’s expert Revit users, and an Autodesk certified professional.
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.
Kevin Kim is a certified, licensed architect in the United States of America. He joined DKA in 2018 having completed his Masters in Architecture at the Architectural Association specialising in the design and build of bespoke cross-laminated timber fabrication. He has gained technical and construction experience whilst working on healthcare, education R&D, and commercial projects in the US, and he attributes his strong artistic abilities to his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Apart from work, Kevin is a Christian, an avid reader, and runner.