SRA Architects’ new headquarters for AB Dynamics has won the ‘Project of the Year’ at this year’s South West Built Environment Awards.
AB Dynamics design, develop, manufacture and supply to the global automotive industry advanced testing and measurement products for vehicle suspension, brakes and steering. They supply their equipment to all of the world’s top motor manufacturers: this is UK high-tech engineering at its world-class best.
The company’s success is built on innovation and engineering excellence. Their new building had to communicate these messages to investors, customers and staff. SRA’s key challenge was to design a building that communicates ‘engineering excellence’ within the context of the historic market town of Bradford-on-Avon.
SRA knew that, as with all R&D companies, AB Dynamics’ space needs would continually evolve in order to respond to business drivers. To suit this demand, SRA designed and delivered a building that provides adaptability without compromising functionality. As a result of AB Dynamics’ success, staff numbers increased from 60 to over 110 during the project. As a consequence, AB Dynamics have already utilised some of the building’s inherent adaptability.
The winners were announced at the awards ceremony on 22nd June.