We have been working with Mercedes-Benz UK since 2002 when we were appointed to convert a group of existing retails units in Watford into a new motor dealership. From this modest beginning we have gone on to provide design services on 12 Mercedes-Benz retail sites across the country and assisted in the development of their headquarters site at Tongwell, Milton Keynes.
Masterplanning for automotive giant's UK headquarters
Tongwell is a large site originally built by General Motors. Since becoming Mercedes-Benz’s UK Headquarters it has undergone a series of changes to modernise the facilities and make it more responsive to the client’s requirements. Our work has included several masterplan exercises, detailed planning consent for a large new office building, ideas for additional decked car parking and the design and construction of a substantial extension to the existing training facility to provide an Apprentice Training Centre for the next generation of workshop operatives.
In addition to the client’s retail operations, our relationship has also enabled us to be selected by their Formula One engine and powertrain affiliates Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains to undertake the comprehensive redevelopment of their research, testing and manufacturing facility in Brixworth Northampton, where we remain actively involved designing buildings that respond to the fast-changing requirements in the Formula One world.
Our most recent project has been to revisit our first dealership – Watford – to design and build a new decked car park and covered used car showroom to increase the amount of display and service parking on this successful and busy, but very constrained, site.
Founder and Director of DKA with experience in the design and construction of most building types, including healthcare, education, commercial, leisure and residential in both public and private sectors. Experienced in feasibility and urban design studies, David is responsible for running the design studio and retains a personal involvement with projects in the office in all stages of the design process, particularly at concept and sketch design stages.
Alex moved to Bath in 1996 to study architecture and has found it impossible to leave. Graduating as an RIBA prize winner, he has worked at DKA since 2002, becoming a specialist in Sustainable Design, Education, Rail, Aerospace, Automotive Engineering, Conservation and Commercial projects. Alex possesses a strong design awareness combined with a methodical approach to managing projects and teams.