Efficiency & employee wellbeing designed in to new ‘wow factor’ business properties
18 September 2020
As the build of 13 new industrial properties – part of MEPC’s latest development of Enterprise Zone land at Silverstone Park – nears completion, we caught up with the business appointed to design them, Michael Sparks Associates.
The 13 properties include seven stand-alone buildings to the south of the plot and a further six terraced units to the north.
These are located adjacent to Dadford Road that runs past both Silverstone Park and the neighbouring Silverstone Circuit.
Premises range from 6,000 sq ft to 40,000 sq ft in size and were commissioned by MEPC in response to market research which shows there is demand from high-tech engineering and manufacturing businesses.
They follow on from the construction of 14 industrial units totalling 125,000 sq ft in 2016 (Phase 1 of MEPC’s development of Silverstone Park) that were designed by Michael Sparks Associates and have all since been successfully let.
Explaining the latest phase, Paul Wahba, Partner at Michael Sparks Associates, commented: “The new buildings are modern and flexible, include office accommodation, production space, welfare facilities and external servicing areas.
“Part of the brief was to take advantage of the visual presence of Dadford Road and the circuit beyond. This was considered through the siting and elevational treatment of the proposed buildings.”
He added: “The form and lay-out of the development has been designed to create a campus style development without compromising on lay-out and access.
“A new landscaped spine road provides pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle access to the stand-alone units, as well as connecting to the Phase 1. It also encourages people to move around the Park at pedestrian scale and links strategically located break-out spaces and the woodland to the west of the site.”
The creative use of light, colours and both external and internal spaces has also given the properties added ‘wow factor’ for potential occupiers.
Paul enthused: “For example, units 1500‐1506 offer a different architectural approach with a more dynamic elevational treatment. The external envelope is visually divided into two layers at different depths to provide a 3D dynamic appearance to what is a traditional and simple rectangular building footprint.”
Elsewhere, at high level, built-up horizontal cladding sits proud of lower level panels with a diagonal change in direction “to symbolise movement and speed in line with the Silverstone racing theme”.
Paul continued: “Units 1501 and 1503 have enhanced entrance/office areas to reflect their high-profile location off the main access whilst offering a strong sense of arrival. Unit 1506 also has a unique feature entrance along with reverse colours to the other units setting up a striking view as you approach the development from the north.”
Significantly, the designs enable an occupier to put its individual stamp on its property.
Paul concluded: “The overall design of the units provide flexibility for occupiers to personalise with their own corporate branding without compromising the development’s common style.
“This continuity of design creates the campus style development MEPC requested whilst providing a strong sense of community for future occupiers and Silverstone.”