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.
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 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 "Assistant Director of Estates Coventry University
Delivering a new secondary school on the Great Western Park Development in Didcot, ensuring it was completed in time for the start of the new school year, creating extensive outdoor sports facilities as well as a building for 1,200 students and working alongside contractors delivering housing projects.
Rising from the ashes of a decommissioned former nuclear site, SGS Berkeley Green, a converted 1940’s engineering hall, and new University Technical College (UTC) are the first educational buildings to be completed on a new ground-breaking GREEN campus, within Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park.
Designing and constructing of a new joint campus school for The Highland Council to incorporate two neighbouring primary schools, Caol Primary School and St Columba's RC Primary School, together with a community facility.
New build secondary school developed under the ESFA’s Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), providing modern accommodation with increased pupil capacity for 1,200 pupils and 300 post-16 students.
The UK – and Coventry as a city - is well-established as a leader in automotive, aerospace, rail and marine design. Coventry University’s National Transport Design Centre (NTDC) aims to boost design innovation in the transport sector and bridge the current shortfall in creative skills.
New build secondary school developed under the Education Skills and Funding Agency's (ESFA) Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), providing modern accommodation with increased pupil capacity and facilities for classrooms, in addition to a Learning Resource Centre which integrates with pupil breakout areas.
Creating a ‘Knowledge Quarter’ for Liverpool, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, delivering a highly adaptable research environment and incubator space for start-ups and SMEs who are developing digital sensor technologies and applications.
A joint venture with Kier Major Projects for the University of Northampton. The project marked the first time Kier had committed to a large-scale Light Gauge Steel (LGS) frame project and is the largest LGS project to date in the UK.
Bringing an iconic and sustainable development to the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales, providing 40,000 sq. ft. of accommodation for for Welsh Media company S4C and the University's new media faculty and offices, and achieving a BREEAM Excellent certificate for sustainability.
Building a high quality new school, which won the 'Best Educational Building' award at the LABC Awards North West 2017, completed within a very tight budget and exceeding client expectations.
Updating an icon, providing pride of place for Charles Darwin’s finds, creating a prominent spot for a fully-fledged Finback whale, and being test abseiled by Sir David Attenborough.