Project description

Based at Ansty Park in Coventry, The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry.

Opened in 2011, the centre provides high quality, flexible facilities within which research and development-focused organisations can let space on short and medium term agreements. The focus of the MTC is to provide an unparalleled environment for the development and demonstration of innovative manufacturing processes, in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. Partners include the Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Loughborough, and several major global manufacturers such as Airbus and Rolls Royce.

Our delivery of the centre included provision of offices, laboratories, production and research halls, conference facilities, a canteen and a rear access yard. We also provided landscaping, including a man-made lake around the building which is used for rainwater harvesting, storing water run-off during times of peak flow such as heavy rainfall, and slowly releasing it to reduce the volume of water entering the storm water management system. The lake also features a fountain with wind speed detection - during high winds, the fountain automatically shuts off to prevent water falling on the building and landscaped areas.

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In addition to the inclusion of rainwater harvesting, the scheme also features a centralised Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, which allows the building to achieve a typical 35 per cent reduction in energy use.