The architects behind the McLaren Production Center were recently honored by the jury members of the 2012 Marché International des Professionnels d'Immobilier (MIPIM) after the facility was named as the Best Industrial and Logistics Development by the award-giving body.
"The creation of the McLaren Production Center required the high level of vision, innovation and efficiency for which McLaren Group is renowned. I am proud that our partners have been recognised for their role in designing and developing an outstanding manufacturing plant for McLaren Automotive," said McLaren Automotive operations director Alan Foster. "Terence O'Rourke Ltd and Foster+Partners provided specialist skills in building design, landscape architecture, master and town planning and environmental consultancy. We now have a stunning facility in which to produce every future McLaren Automotive sports car."
McLaren began construction of the Production Center in 2010 at a cost of over £40 million. It was formally opened a year later led by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis. For 2012, the McLaren Production Center is responsible for producing eight MP4-12Cs everyday for distribution to 35 McLaren retailers in 19 countries worldwide.
The production center is built adjacent to the McLaren Technology Center, and both structures share a common language of details and materials: the new building is clad in aluminum tubes, the rounded corners of its rectilinear plan echo the curves of the Technology Center and the entrance, echoing the existing building, is a circular glass drum beneath the overhang of the roof canopy.
At just over seven meters high and embedded in the gentle incline of the site, the McLaren Production Center is sensitive to its rural setting and is not visible from the nearby road as the extensive planting of trees conceal the building. The new building is also designed to be sustainable with the McLaren Technology Center utilizing the adjacent lake for cooling. The roof of the McLaren Production Center will support this system by collecting rainwater to complement a low-energy system that utilizes displacement ventilation.
With the McLaren Production Center now fully operational, it is anticipated that it will build up to 4,000 cars across its model range annually by the middle of the decade.