As one of the most spectacular car assembly plants in the world, the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) has rightly been recognized for the Best Industrial and Logistics Development by MIPIM at a recent ceremony in Cannes, France.
Recognition went to building architects Foster+Partners as well as planning and design consultancy Terence O’Rourke for one of the most innovative industry projects.
Alan Foster from McLaren said: “The creation of MPC required a high level of vision, innovation and efficiency. I am proud that our partners have been recognized for their role in designing and developing an outstanding manufacturing plant for McLaren Automotive.
The new $63 million manufacturing facility began construction adjacent to the McLaren Technology Centre in spring 2010. It celebrated its formal opening by British Prime Minister David Cameron and McLaren Group Chairman Ron Dennis in November 2011.
In 2012, MPC is responsible for production of eight MP4-12Cs every day, for distribution to 35 McLaren retailers in 18 countries worldwide.
The 344,445sqft two-story MPC is located to the south-east of the McLaren Technology Centre, sharing 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 MTC. The entrance, echoing the existing building, is a circular glass drum beneath the overhang of the roof canopy.
At just over 22ft high and embedded in the gentle incline of the site, the MPC is sensitive to its rural setting and not visible from the nearby road. The extensive planting of trees conceal the building within the green-belt site. The new building is also designed to be sustainable – the McLaren Technology Centre uses the adjacent lake for cooling, so the roof of the MPC will support this system, collecting rainwater to complement a low-energy system that utilizes displacement ventilation.
With the new McLaren Production Centre fully operational, it is anticipated the company will build up to 4000 cars across its model range annually by the middle of the decade.