Hethel Engineering Centre Extension

A new build two storey extension housing 16 new grow-on incubator units, workshops, offices, a link corridor to the existing Centre and a new bio-mass boiler. Outdoor works included an extended service yard, additional parking, landscaping and diversion of the existing overhead power line. 


Hethel Innovation Ltd
Hethel, Norfolk
April 2014
Main contractor – Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd

Full description

Following our work on the original centre, NPS was commissioned to design an extension which continued to reflect the close affiliation with engineering and motorsport activities achieved by the existing building. Like a racing car, it is sleek, dynamic and powerful, with the ‘fast’ horizontal lines continuing in bands of long horizontal stripes of windows and louvres. All the materials have high thermal performance characteristics and a long, low maintenance life, during which they continue to look good.


A ‘green’ approach influenced most aspects of the design process and the building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. At least 10% of on site energy is provided from renewable or low carbon source technologies - specifically natural daylight, and ventilation and extraction. The office areas are provided with good quality daylight, using centrally located low profile roof lights, and a controlled natural cross ventilation system draws fresh air through the ground floor workshops. There are roof mounted arrays of south facing photovoltaic panels installed to generate on site electricity. Low energy lighting and energy management systems have been used to reduce and encourage awareness of energy consumption in the building. Water saving devices, including senor taps, are also fitted in the new facilities.


This new advanced manufacturing wing has enabled the highly successful Hethel Engineering Centre to expand to meet the demand for additional ‘grow on’ units, allowing engineering innovation to flourish in this excellence hub.