McLaren Technology Centre

McLaren Technology Centre

Foster + Partners
Woking, United Kingdom
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McLaren Technology Centre

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The McLaren Group is a collection of high-tech companies involved in the design and development of Formula One cars, high-performance road cars, electronic systems and composite materials. Since McLaren began competing in Formula One in 1966, it has established a global reputation as one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport.The McLaren Technology Centre provides a headquarters for the majority of the groups staff. It includes design studios, laboratories and testing and production facilities for Formula One and road cars, including the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

Viewed on plan, the building is roughly semi-circular, the circle being completed by a formal lake, which forms an integral part of the buildings cooling system. The principal lakeside facade is a continuous curved glass wall, developed in part using McLarens own technology, and shaded by a cantilevered roof. Internally, the building is organised around double-height linear streets, which form circulation routes and articulate fingers of flexible accommodation. These house production and storage areas on the lower levels, with top-lit design studios, offices and meeting rooms above. Directly behind the facade a circulation boulevard leads to areas for hospitality and to the staff restaurant, both of which look out across the landscape.

A Visitor Centre is located in a separate building at the entrance to the complex. It houses educational facilities, a temporary exhibition space and presentation theatre and is linked to the main centre by a subterranean building. This two-storey structure is buried underground - like the rest of the Technology Centre it is designed to make a minimal intervention in the landscape - and is visible only by its circular rooflight.

The McLaren Group formally opened the new, high-tech production facility

Qbiss as Manufacturers

Woking, UK, 17 November 2011 – Last week, McLaren officially opened the new, high-tech production centre. Trimo cooperated on this construction as an official partner of the McLaren Technology Centre by providing the modular façade system Qbiss One.

The building which was formally opened this morning by Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron will become the new technologically advanced production centre of the company McLaren Automotive

The new centre was built in accordance with the vision and philosophy of the existing McLaren Technology Centre. It was designed in cooperation with McLaren and the acclaimed and awarded architecture bureau Foster & Partners. The centre will produce all future projects of the producer McLaren Automotive, including the high-performance sports car MP4-12C.

Trimo is proud to partner with McLaren to provide a specially adapted form of its Qbiss high-performance cladding for the new Foster & Partners-designed McLaren Production Centre, producing a professional, functional interior and exterior facade solution to the MPC’s architectural design concept. Qbiss façade system is a total wall solution offering the very best in aesthetics with total performance and functionality: the watertight and self-supporting exterior skin will insulate the MPC from the ravages of the British climate while the interior panels provide fire resistance as well as an elegantly high-tech finish that fits perfectly with the McLaren ethos.

Executive Chairman of McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive, Ron Dennis said: “During the entire design and build phases of the McLaren Production Centre, we were acutely aware of the need to create a space to complement the existing structure of the McLaren Technology Centre.

“Finding a solution that could function within the existing landscape was particularly challenging, but I’m pleased to say that Foster + Partners ensured a seamless continuity between the two buildings, while also allowing the MPC to exist independently as its own unique space. “It is a legacy of our partners’ commitment, passion and adaptability that we were able to commute this shared vision into such a striking, unified and functional piece of design and architecture. The efforts of Trimo have been essential in bringing such a lengthy design and build process to a hugely satisfying conclusion.”

Trimo CEO Tatjana Fink commenting on the partnership said: “Trimo is a global brand, like McLaren, and becoming an official partner to the McLaren Production Centre was not just about product but more what the products represent in terms of excellence, performance and quality. The shared business culture of innovation, creativity and an energy is what makes us both the very best at what we do and drives us continuously to succeed.” Finally, we’re honoured that Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron was able to open the building today.”

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