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European Technology Centre, Mazak Industrial, Worcester

Synopsis

Our team supported the design of Yamazaki Mazak’s innovative European Technology Centre to help manufacturers throughout the UK and Europe achieve higher productivity and profitability.


The Brief

Yamazaki Mazak has been contributing to the development of the machine tool industry since 1919. Today, it’s a leading global company with offices and plants in Japan, China, Singapore, the USA and UK.

Mazak’s Technology Centres are designed to give companies the chance to see their machines and latest technology in action. We were appointed by the developer Takenaka Europe as joint architect.

Our role in the project was to provide a detailed design brief and support for a new technology centre that would be sited alongside the client’s existing manufacturing plant in Worcester.

Our Solution

Our team worked closely with Takenaka Europe to develop the planning design into a buildable design that efficiently complied with all UK legislations. 

The entire building included a huge 15,000 sq ft of showroom space and 12,500 sq ft of ancillary accommodation, including; a display area, auditorium, office and meeting space.

To give the site an innovative look and feel that would match the company’s drive, a key feature is the building’s striking curved elevational treatment. This is coupled with a slim-line canopy that comfortably joins the new building to the existing facility.

“For the last four and a half years we have been working with Lawray on numerous projects throughout the UK and you’ve always ensured that you are part of our team and that you understand exactly what our requirements are.  I believe that our working methods and ethics differ from those of other British firms, as we are a family owned Japanese design & build contractor.  Your endless effort and commitment have helped us complete our works timely and successfully and we, as Takenaka, greatly appreciate your work.”

– A Shirota, Takenaka Europe GmbH Design Manager

Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)