McLaren Production Centre wins construction award
Posted By:   |  02 Nov 2012   |  11:18 pm GMT  |  13 comments

The McLaren Production Centre, situated alongside the McLaren Technology Centre Formula One base in Woking, has received the Judges Special Award at the 25th anniversary of the British Construction Awards, held in London this week.

The MPC, which is the base of McLaren Automotive, houses the manufacturing and design processes of the groups high-performance cars, such as the MP4-12C, and has been rewarded with the accolade as it is regarded to be a civil engineering project that is particularly inspirational.

Opened in November 2011 at a cost of £800million by the British Prime Minster David Cameron, the site is large enough to hold 2569 Formula One cars and required the removal of 180,000m3, which was later re-used in landscaping the development, negating 25,000 lorry loads of removal.

As with the McLaren Technology Centre, which recently received an award for being carbon neutral, the MPC maintains a focus on becoming a self sufficient project through the use of high-performance cladding and situating itself largely underground.

“Attention to detail was everything on this project,” says project manager Adrian Brooks. “In the McLaren methodology you do it once and do it properly. Completing any building on time and on budget is extremely satisfying, even more so when it is as sophisticated and ambitious as the McLaren Production Centre. I’m very pleased and proud that this commitment to excellence has been recognised by the judges of the British Construction Industry Awards, and that they found the MPC as inspiring as we do.”


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I know nothing in Formula One is ever modestly described, but let’s keep this in perspective, this is a project to build just 2000 cars per year at a time when UK production is already approaching 2,000,000.

We have the lions share of the worlds luxury brands: Jaguar, Range Rover, Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce. Another is always welcome, but let’s not pretend this is a big story other than in Formula One terms.

Also, let’s not forget that, meantime, another of the Formula One teams which set up to build road cars, Lotus, looks to be suffering a severe downturn.


I’ve checked. Make that £50m. It’s only a big shed, after all.


£800m? Are you sure? That’s a lot for a company with just £20m annual profits, the interest alone would be £40m. Sounds like somebody put the decimal point in the wrong place.


“In the McLaren methodology you do it once and do it properly.”

Pity someone forgot to tell the pitstop guys earlier in the year. And the guy who puts petrol in the car before qually. And the gearbox and fuel pump checkers. And don’t get me started on the strategy wonks – ‘Mission Control’ – LMFAO…


Good point. For sure he is Ron Dennis “disciple”

and they have forgotten the human factor in the equation.


The building probably contains advanced technology far more applicable to the real world than does the F1 car.


That’s one Beautiful complex.


It’s always good to see F1 teams involved in other businesses, although I see the Williams hybrid technology being more useful to the world than fancy supercars for the rich but anyway…


All part-funded by the repressive Al Khalifa family of Bahrain.


And as if you really live in Bahrain to comment on the actual “repressive” situation other than what’s written /reported in the media?


Very little is reported in the media, Bahrain is ranked 173 out of 179 in the Press Freedom Index and 144/167 on the Index of Democracy. If the regime allowed independent, international journalists to report on the situation you would have a point.


Surely nobody has any problems with that 😀


Shame they can’t win the constructors championship in F1. I’m sure they would rather that.

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