Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Team Headquarters – MultidisciplineBrackley

Ridge was originally appointed by British American Racing to design a new HQ building for its then new Formula 1 team.

The original £50 million facility included: offices, Drawing Office, R&D, workshops / Machining / Tooling, Composites, 40% wind tunnel, clean rooms, race bays, gym and catering.

The expansion project has provided:

  • Complete Machine shop refurbishment and extension to provide light and bright facilities, and trenched service route with high level cranage, costing £4 million
  • Foundation and groundworks for new waste compound, and data centre
  • Upgrade of site HV infrastructure to provide power provision for future site improvements
  • Construction of rear extension to main site facility to allow the installation of five new autoclaves
  • Management of masterplan that sees multi-phased development of main site manufacturing facilities over 5 phases and 3 years.
  • R&D extension
  • Drawing Office extension to accommodation 150 designers
  • New engine and transmission Test Cell, costing £3 million. Challenges included acoustic restrictions, the reduction of vibration transfer to an absolute minimum, and the need for deep excavations close to a water course with piled foundations within an occupied building
  • New Brake DynoTest Cell; a new £1 million facility within an existing building, where the acoustic separation and co-ordination with Austrian technology were the biggest challenges
  • Full-scale Wind Tunnel with Design and Model Shop, costing £32 million. The scheme comprised bespoke rolling road shipped from USA, fan designed in Canada and made in Czech Republic, steel tunnel manufactured in north of England
  • New Model Shop (Drawing Office, pattern and mould making departments, Autoclave and car bays)
  • Experience Centre, including an exhibition space and 60-seat auditorium
  • Logistics stores
  • Site landscaping, including balancing pond

 

  • £4million

    Machine shop refurbishment and extension

  • 150

    Designers

  • Multi-phased

    Development

Ridge understands procurement of specialist plant with lengthy lead times and from various suppliers worldwide and used its experience in the field to consistently promote a “team approach”, co-ordinating and integrating the specialist contractors and workers who were not contractually linked to work in tandem with each other.