DKA continued their long-standing relationship with global engineering consultancy Ricardo with the completion of the ‘Ricardo Centenary Innovation Centre’. The building was commissioned in 2015 as part of Ricardo’s Centenary celebrations, recording 100 years of highly successful operations for Ricardo.
Ricardo Centenary Innovation Centre
Flexible focal point for customers and employees
The building acts as a focal point for Ricardo customers and employees alike and will provide space to showcase Ricardo projects and services as well as accommodate conferences, functions and staff meetings.
The space was designed to be flexible and adaptive and a high-quality exhibition style fit out followed the construction stage. The exhibits celebrate some of Ricardo’s most well-known successes over the last 100 years. Some of their more recent projects include the development of the JCB Dieselmax, current holder of the land speed record for diesel-powered vehicles, and the manufacture of McLaren Automotive engines.
The space was designed to provide flexible accommodation, doubling up as a conference facility. The acoustics were carefully considered to facilitate this use with ceiling features adding interest to the space as well as enhancing acoustic performance. A fully automated AV system was incorporated into the building design and delivery and the Ricardo Centenary Innovation Centre is used on a daily basis.
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.