Manufacturing Building, i54 Business Park
Jaguar Land Rover
Large PV Array
Advanced BIM technology (level 2, practice first)
Part of a 120-acre site
In 2014 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) opened a £500 million Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) at the i54 Business Park to the north of Wolverhampton. This regional inward investment is a major success story for the West Midlands and a sign of revitalised automotive manufacturing. At the heart of this renaissance, JLR determined the need to expand its facilities at the 120-acre South Staffordshire site, to service its growing product range and market share.
Manufacturing and operational requirements will naturally evolve and change over time, so we have created an adaptive internal design. Elegant large scale structural solutions deliver attractive, daylight large volume spaces that can be utilised and reconfigured to meet process needs. The internal working conditions are a dramatic improvement from the dimly-lit manufacturing spaces of the 20th century with natural light from the northlight roofs and extensive perimeter glazing offering views out into the surrounding countryside.
To ensure that facility was designed in parallel with the design of JLR’s process equipment, the whole project team utilised Advanced Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology throughout the life of the project.
Contextual issues such as the local landscape and environment have all been taken into consideration with site wide design with measures put in place to protect and nurture the site’s wildlife, including badger tunnels. We have ensured that our design delivers the world-class standards of sustainability demanded by JLR, with a photovoltaic array and solar collectors as just two of the extensive sustainable technologies deployed. The building provides a BREEAM rating of Excellent and EPC A.
Our design seeks to promote JLR’s corporate values and its position as the leading and progressive representative of the UK car manufacturing market. The new facility is a clear indication of JLR’s commitment to West Midlands region and its plans for business expansion over the next decade.
You and your teams have each and all delivered to JLR a fantastic building for fit-out of its process equipment and ultimately production of state-of-the-art engines. I’m sure you are all as equally proud as I am to have been involved in and contributed to this prestigious project for JLR.