29 September 2021

New Case Study: National Automotive Innovation Centre

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As the future becomes low carbon, car manufacturers are adapting to the consequences with research and innovation into new concepts of transport. So the recent opening of the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) was well-timed; it is a new centre for automotive design, bringing together academic teams, engineers and designers to combine expertise from universities, industry, supply companies and small businesses. The centre is the largest of its kind in Europe and the result of a unique partnership between the British car industry – Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors – and academia – Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the university’s research arm. The architect, Cullinan Studio, has worked with WMG for many years and the NAIC is the largest of a group of buildings on the WMG campus at the University of Warwick.


The brief for this hybrid of industrial building, university faculty and automotive research centre required a design that reflected the innovative purpose of the activities taking place inside, while providing a complex assembly of spaces for up to 1000 staff. These include an engineering hall, design studios and research laboratories, student lecture rooms, open plan offices and meeting rooms, together with spaces big enough for car launch events.


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