Levis Strauss UK Headquarters & Distribution Centre

Architects Co-Partnership, Northampton, 1999


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A clear distinction between office and shed 

Philip Bier     Download Original

  • A clear distinction between office and shed    
  • View from the approach road    
  • The office block contains the main entrance     
  • Atrium    
  • Cafe    
  • Site plan    
  • Office: Ground floor plan    
  • Warehouse: plan    
  • Office: First floor plan    
  • Section    

Building to cater for Levi's day-to-day distribution needs as well as providing offices and recreational facilities for company staff

The scheme enjoys considerable visual prominence from the adjacent M1 motorway which is acknowledged through the distinctive form of the building’s double trapezoid plan and tapering glazed elevations.

The two-storey office element - offset from the north-west face of the distribution building - is articulated by a brick plinth, metal roof and glass curtain walling. A full length roof-light, echoing the trapezoid shape of the external structure, shapes the internal spaces to provide an open-plan layout, with cafe, fitness suite, conference and meeting rooms.

Designed to contain high-volume handling equipment the 154m long distribution centre incorporates a 20m high bay zone and a 10m low bay production area. A treatment of light coloured panels, ribbed plinth, and a series of vertical glazed strips act to reduce the visual bulk of the building.


  • Completed: 1999
  • Floor area: 16,443m2
  • Sectors: Office, Industrial
  • Total cost: £30M
  • Funding: Private
  • Address: Tithe Barn Way, Swan Valley Business Park, Northampton, NN4 8BA, United Kingdom

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