Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant & Headquarters

West Sussex, UK

Project Description

Grimshaw’s Manufacturing Plant and Head Office for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd is a partially sunken development comprising three main buildings: a pavilion for housing administration and customer relations facilities, an assembly plant and a paint shop. Placing great emphasis on sensitive landscaping and the use of environmentally friendly production techniques, the resulting project is a set of contemporary buildings that work in harmony with one another and with their natural setting.

The architectural designs are orientated around a central courtyard. Daylight, views and finely detailed facades are not limited to the areas seen by visitors, but are common to the entire complex of buildings which demonstrate a varied palette of 'industrial' and largely sustainable materials. The extensive planting of some 400,000 new trees and shrubs and sedum green-roofing ensures that it is difficult to detect where the boundaries lie between the built and natural environments. The plant subsequently achieved the highest BREEAM rating of Excellent.

Project Details

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars / Hireus Limited
55,000 sq m
Completion Date:
Selected Awards
L'Architettura Automatica 2005 First Prize
11th AIA London / UK Excellence in Design Awards
RIBA Awards
Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Awards
MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards
Photography by Edmund Sumner/View