Body-in-White Production Building for Jaguar Land Rover Solihull
A new 60,000sqm Body-in-White production building for Jaguar Land Rover at its Solihull site.
Ridge has carried out extensive new build and refurbishments for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) at various sites throughout the UK and overseas.
The Ridge team were instrumental from the inception of this project to develop initial designs and gain planning permission, and were subsequently novated to Vinci Construction to complete the detail design and lead consultant services.
The new building is located in the centre of the Solihull plant on a site occupied by several buildings which were either demolished or modified as construction progressed.
The development consists of a new 65,000sqm building, comprising mainly production facilities with associated logistics areas, office facilities and staff amenities as well as visitor experience skywalks. Extensive modifications were required to the existing buildings on the site which involved detailed structural alterations and recladding of existing 1930’s and 1990’s structures.
The structure consists of a steel frame with supporting roof trusses which carry the production line conveyors. In addition, structural bridges were designed to link the building to adjacent production facilities.
The design aimed to maximise the development’s sustainable credentials and achieved an EPC rating A and BREEAM Very Good. The “Lean, Clean and Green” methodology was employed to ensure that the design first concentrated on minimising energy requirements by implementing passive design principles and then concentrated on providing the low energy requirements in a sustainable manner. Only once these “Lean” and “Clean” measures were exhausted were Low / Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies considered to reduce further the proposed building’s carbon dioxide emissions.
The project was designed using BIM Revit Software, using clash detection to aid the co-ordination process.