UOP fragrances factory

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Tadworth, 1978

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Smoothly detailed facade; the large glass reinforced cement cladding panels are part of the prefabricated system 

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  • Smoothly detailed facade; the large glass reinforced cement cladding panels are part of the prefabricated system    
  • Office area    
  • Canteen area    
  • Canteen    
  • Exposed ducts and tracking    
  • External view    
  • Fully motorised loading bay doors designed to create a large opening    
  • Laboratories    
  • Laboratory    
  • Lowering a panel onto the perimeter support angle    
  • Neatness of detailing extends to the light switches    
  • Offering up the supported panel to the top restraint fixing    
  • Open-plan offices    
  • Site plan    
  • Plan    
  • Section    
  • Diagrammatic-strategies    
  • Cladding detail    
  • Cladding detail    
  • Section through cladding    
  • Section through cladding    

Data

  • Completed: 1978
  • Floor area: 1,580m2
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Address: Tadworth, Surrey, Tadworth, United Kingdom

Purpose-built fragrances factory including administration, laboratory, manufacture and storage, built using designed GRC elements

Occupying a key site on a trading estate the building accommodates administration, laboratory, compounding and stores in a predominantly residential area. Speed of construction, a high resale value and minimum capital and maintenance cost as well as a pleasant working environment were key factors.

A single storey, general purpose, optimum performance building capable of growth and change. Steel structure achieves uninterrupted floor space, facilitates internal planning and future expansion. Prefabricated structure, decking and cladding allow for a fast build.

External views allowing natural daylighting and supplemented by artificial lighting.