The Challenge:

The Centre features a 6 meter power wall to enable designers to explore transport concepts in virtual reality. The Centre also has projection mapping technology to enable digital designs to be cast onto 3D surfaces. These help designers to assess how multiple options would appear on full-scale models. The NTDC also has the latest clay milling facilities for creating physical models of vehicles as part of the design process.

This required the installation of several items of specialist equipment, including robotic 3D modelling equipment. This equipment required the installation of running rails to incredibly tight tolerances. Consideration was required to accommodate the effects of thermal expansion on the running rails.

The Solution:

Kier delivered a two storey steel frame building with design hall under the SCAPE framework for Coventry University. The scheme also provides a car park and associated landscaping.

A collaborative approach was adopted through the project from pre-commencement to post completion. We achieved this through meetings on site and via skype with the technical equipment supplier in Germany. Each component was individually designed to ensure fine adjustments could be made post concrete pour.

This led to a detailed concrete pour sequence being carried out within a temporary enclosure enabling a controlled environment. This allowed us to control the rate of thermal expansion.

The Impact:

The NTDC is the focal point of transport design in both the UK and Europe. It is vital for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as attracting researchers and companies to help innovate and grow their businesses.

Opened May 2017 by Transport Design leaders including Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar Land Rover. It is a multi-million pound investment with a £7m contribution from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Government’s Local Growth Deal.

The NTDC functions in a truly cross-disciplinary way, bringing designers, technologists, coders, together with artists, gamers, material specialists and fashion experts. It uses leading technology to create and refine new solutions, whilst helping to support and cultivate future generations of transport designers.

" Kier have listened and interpreted our needs at every stage...they have been very customer-focused and proactive. We have enjoyed working with them and their positive can-do approach "
Chris Lovelock Assistant Director of Estates Coventry University

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