GMW Architects’ plans for a new headquarters for electric transport technology firm Frazer Nash Consultancy have been given the green light by Surrey Heath Borough Council
The local authority granted planning consent to the campus development - which will include a road track - just outside Windlesham in Surrey.
The project will involve new buildings for research and development facilities. These will include workshops and an exhibition space to showcase technology.
An existing office building, with its distinctive hexagonal plan form originally designed by GMW in the 1980s, will be refurbished and extended to provide management and research offices. Glazing and other cladding will be upgraded to modern performance, while retaining the look and feel of the original.
The architect said the new structures would feature flowing curves and profiles, allowing the landscape to bind the facilities together.
External materials will be tactile and mainly natural with timber, copper and green roofs juxtaposed with translucent membrane roof structures.
An on-site road circuit will enable the testing of vehicle prototypes, and a monorail will link the offices to the showroom.
Frazer Nash Consultancy’s in-house developed range extended electric powertrain is used in electric vehicles.
Architects: GMW Architects
Location: Windlesham, Surrey
Type of project: New build and refurbishment
Structural engineers: Arup
Project architect: Nielsen Rodrigues
Design team: Chris Allwood, David Hughes, Alistair Brierley, Martin Wright, Laurence Orsini, Dagmar Binsted, Steffan Wiliams, Cara Crossland, Sam Moran, Sian Kearney, Penny Deakin
Client: Frazer Nash
Project manager: Knight Frank llp
Gross internal floor area: New build:11,200m²; Refurbishment:10,200m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Two stage design and build
M&E consultant: Arup
Quantity surveyor: Stace llp
CDM Advisor: Brian Bulfin Associates
Lighting consultant: Arup
BREEAM: New-build target: Excellent - Refurbishment target:Excellent
Transport consultant: RBM Consultants
Building control surveyor: Greendoor Building Control & Specialist Services
Planning consultant: Vail Williams LLP
Landscape designer: Quartet Design