Meggitt PLC and Developer Manse Opus Mark Completion of £44 million flagship unit
Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor specialising in industrial, multi-room and commercial projects, including turnkey solutions, took part in an official ceremony on Monday, 2 March to hand over the keys to a £44 million industrial unit at Ansty Park, Coventry. Winvic began the construction and fit-out contract for Manse Opus in October 2018 and now international aerospace, defence and energy engineering group Meggitt PLC will be utilising the 495,000 sq ft manufacturing and test facility as its global headquarters.
Winvic worked with architect firm Michael Sparks Associates to deliver a prominent and high-quality design where sustainability was baked in. The project has achieved ‘A+ EPC and BREEAM ‘Very Good’ ratings, comprising elements such as a rainwater harvesting system and 167,000 sq ft of photovoltaic – or solar – panels. Additionally, bespoke local air extraction and heating system has been employed in the manufacturing hall.
Notable elements that have been designed to an elevated specification include a full-height glass atrium area where striking 3x1m floor tiles have been utilised; the front of the building – which houses the main offices – is also completely glazed. The open plan interiors of the main and hub office spaces – over two storeys – boast elegant glass divisions and unusual colour coordinated, wall to floor tiles. In addition, the high-spec professional kitchen and restaurant can cater for over 700 people.
- 1775 tonnes of rolled steel used
- 17,500 cubed metres of concrete foundations
- 30,500 sq ft glazing
- 108,000 sq ft cladding
- 452,000 sq ft roofing
- 167,000 sq ft solar panels
- 750 car parking spaces
- 28 electric vehicle charging points with circa 225 more spaces readied for charging point installation
- 148,000 sq ft yard space
- Multiple stores and gatehouse
Early fit-out access commenced in September 2019 when Winvic enhanced the base build with CAT A, B and C elements. Winvic will remain on site until the end of September 2020 to undertake the remaining CAT C fit-out in the manufacturing hall for Meggitt, which comprises installing circa 1,400 machines and custom-made enclosures.
Winvic Operations Manager, Dave Roberts, said: “From pre-construction discussions to the final elements of the complex fit-out, this project has been a great example of partnership working between a main contractor, client and end-user; it has been a joy to work closely with Manse Opus and Meggitt and to share the same visions of quality, commercial viability and first-rate design. It’s not only an attractive manufacturing facility, inside and out, but it is also environmentally efficient and cost effective to operate due to thousands of feet of solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system. We look forward to the final months where we will install the specialist machinery for Meggitt and we hope to work with both companies again in the future, exceeding expectations in the industrial sector once again.”
Richard Smith, Opus Land Joint Managing Director, added: “We feel privileged to have been appointed to develop such a world leading manufacturing and head office facility for a company of Meggitt’s standing and are delighted at the quality of the Winvic build and the professionalism of their on-site team.”
Jonathan Fletcher from Meggitt, commented: “It was only two and a half years ago we identified the site which allows us to bring together a number of operations and to include a new Global HQ. The Winvic and Manse Opus teams have adapted to our business needs and helped us to deliver this fantastic looking building so we can now start the first phase or our transition at the end of March.”
For more information on Winvic, the company’s latest project news and job vacancies please visit www.winvic.co.uk. Learn about Meggitt and Opus Land by visiting www.meggitt.com and www.opusland.co.uk.