Herman Miller Factory

Bath, UK

Project Description

Grimshaw’s aim was to produce an industrial unit capable of responding to the client’s need for flexibility and change that also provided better amenities for staff. The structure of the building is a simple primary and secondary beam system with columns on a 10x20m grid. The height of the building enables it to be used effectively for storing a high volume of pallets as well as accommodating manufacturing processes. The cladding system is completely demountable, enabling the panels and glazing to be interchanged by unskilled labour to allow the staff to alter the building to suit changing needs. Energy conservation was a prime consideration throughout the design process and the low wall/floor ratio of 1:30 combined with high roof insulation contributed to the low running costs. Another notable feature is the servicing system. All primary circuits for the gas, water, electricity, compressed air and sprinkler systems can be reached by catwalks.

Project Details

Client
Herman Miller Ltd
Size
6,320 sq m
Completion Date:
1976
Selected Awards
1986
RIBA Awards
1978
RIBA Awards
1977
Structural Steel Design Awards
Credits
Photography by Jo Reid & John Peck