The building totals 8700m2, is more than one hundred meters long with a 7m clear internal height set beneath a gently curved roof. This height allows for two storeys of office and a large single storey manufacturing workshop to be to be contained within the same envelope. Due to its orientation and configuration, the offices benefit from natural north light on one side whilst viewing the workshop on the other.
The main entrance has been emphasised so that visitors new to the development are assisted in their wayfinding. Hence, a focal point for the scheme is provided which also offers display facilities and a covered drop-off point for visitors. In addition, the prominent location of the entrance and reception increases the security of the premises by affording supervisory views of the approaches.
The building’s proportions have been designed to allow it to be located within the site with minimum disruption to the existing perimeter vegetation and its siting allows the planned future expansions to occur without disruption to the occupants.
Materials for the building reflect the technological nature of the activities within. Knorr-Bremse is an industrial design and assembly operation and the various forms of metal cladding echo the nature of its business.
Strips of vertical glazing have been introduced along the walls of the operations area to supply daylight deep into the plan. The fenestration pattern of the offices has been determined with both current needs and future flexibility in mind to permit rearrangement of space without the necessity of alterations to the external façade.
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