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European Technology Centre, Mazak Industrial, Worcester


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

I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to comment on the contribution made by Lawray Architects to the recently completed Combined Services Centre in Llandrindod Wells. As lead consultants on a project with three separate stakeholders, their role was always going to be challenging. I was however, very impressed by the professional manner in which they succeeded not only in delivering a quality final product, but also in balancing with skill and patience the competing demands of their three ‘clients ’throughout both the planning and construction phases of the project. From a Dyfed Powys Police perspective, we were very satisfied with the design solutions offered and the ensuing facilities have received complimentary comments from the occupants

Perry Simpson. Capital Projects Manager

Dyfed Powys Police