Noise, Vibration & Harshness Vehicle Technology Centre Warwickshire

The new Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) building is one of the largest purpose-built vehicle development facilities in Europe, with acoustic test chambers, lab-standard workshops, and extensive office space.

Ridge provided a full multidiscipline team and led the design development from the first concept. Ridge liaised with over 55 client stakeholders, coordinating the detailed requirements of the product test programme, using this intelligence to develop the most operationally efficient layout.

Ridge produced a multidiscipline concept design report to RIBA stage 2, followed by a detailed and coordinated stage 3 report. Following novation to the main contractor, Ridge produced all construction information and coordination as lead consultant, closely supervising the design of all disciplines using a single 3D Revit BIM model. This shared 3D environment also allowed the integration and coordination of specialised equipment and components into the project BIM model.

  • £135 million

    Project value

  • 25,000sqm

    Project size

  • 34

    Acoustic test chambers

  • 750

    Design engineers

‘Perhaps one of the best examples I’ve encountered of carrying out the ‘Lead Consultant’ role.’ - Laing O’Rourke ‘Very impressed with the attitudes and culture in Ridge towards working in the 3D environment and BIM modelling…I would say Ridge as a practice is ahead of other Consultants of any discipline, especially in the use of BIM’ - Laing O’Rourke

The new building covers 25,000sqm with 34 highly-serviced, acoustically-isolated test chambers that vary in volume, acoustic and environmental performance, with each designed to the specific requirements of the specialist end-users. The flexible and naturally lit office provides accommodation for 750 engineers, located over the workshop areas to maximise collaborative working. The architectural language is defined by the expressed and refined engineering, which is rigorously coordinated to reflect the focus on engineering quality for the vehicles inside.

The bespoke design is driven by critical engineering and acoustic criteria. Each of the test chambers is isolated from each other using a ‘floating’ concrete box-in-box construction. The complexity and exacting technical requirements required the highest level of multidiscipline coordination with no margin for error.

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